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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 17, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 38

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the Week
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Print & Digital Versions Available
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
This week we share Roger "Hurricane" Wilson and Larry reading the latest edition of Blues Festival Guide!

Since the 70s, guitarist, songwriter, singer, DJ and guitar instructor Roger “Hurricane” Wilson has shared stages with an impressive list of internationally-known artists that include Albert Collins and Leon Russell plus endless shows and festivals with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, John Mayall, Savoy Brown and Dickey Betts to name a few. 

In 1997 he formed Bluestorm Records and has since released more than 25 CDs and download singles. In addition to having played between 250 and 300 nights a year for many years, Roger still produces and hosts his own syndicated radio show and podcast.
Among accolades, Wilson is a 2015 Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of Best Guitar Teacher 2018 at and offers a Blues In The Schools program.
Photo: Courtesy Roger "Hurricane" Wilson
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The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
This man shreds and his name is Clay Melton. Born in Louisiana, raised in Texas, this man's music gets your toes tapping and your head nodding in a big away. They turn the amps up and the sound is 100% original and right on time. Clay has played the major stages including the Chevrolet Main Stage at the huge Texas State Fair and the demographic he appeals to is across the board.

Clay's new single, "Say That You Love Me," was recorded by the world famous, five-time Grammy award winning Malcolm Harper of Reelsound Recordings. The normally passive, gentle soul on the street comes alive on the big stage as his inner creative abilities shift into high gear. The audience is stunned and the smiles are quick to light up the night. This is blues rock at its best and "Say That You Love Me" fits the bill perfect. 

For this special recording session Watchtower Entertainment retained the Big Room at the famous White Oak Music Hall in Houston Texas. Early in the morning the trucks arrived and the sound and video equipment was unloaded and set up with the audio control center behind the stage and the multiple camera personnel positioning themselves in the audience area. Approximately five hours later the sound and visual checks were completed and Clay and band recorded “Say That You Love Me.” 

In next Thursday’s edition, we will share where you can watch the official video and experience this special Louisiana/Texas sound. 
"Say That You Love Me"
News Flash... 
Virtual 2020 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Sept 17-20
(VIRTUAL) – The virtual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will be September 17-20, 2020, the dates that would've been this year's Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. The event will kick off this Thursday, September 17 with a special introduction, live performance and archived set from our dear friend Anders Osborne.
The virtual festival continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with daytime archived sets broadcast on KOTO Community Radio followed by archived video sets each evening, along with some fun surprises!
There's no denying that our hearts ache for the sweet sounds of music echoing off the canyon walls, the delicious taste of cold, smooth craft beer, the warmness of a smiling crowd and so much more that words simply can't describe. We miss our festival community of attendees, performers, volunteers, staff, breweries, partners and everyone else - you all are what makes this event truly special. To ease the pain of not gathering and what could've been this festival weekend, we've prepared a special virtual show for you to enjoy safely.
Crack open a craft beer or make a cocktail and enjoy the digital festival throughout the entire weekend for free here on our website, on our Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and KOTO Community Radio. If you like what you hear and see, support the production by purchasing official Telluride Blues & Brews Festival merchandise and make a donation to our non-profit partners using the donation form on our website.
LRBC "Driftin' & Driftin'" Happy Hour Episode 2 with Ronnie Baker Brooks & Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Live on Sept 17
LRBC's Driftin’ & Driftin’ Happy Hour returns for Episode Four! Tune in Thursday, Sept. 17th at 5PM CST as Ronnie Baker Brooks checks in from Chicago with tales and tunes!
Driftin' & Driftin' is a close up with our Blues stars. On each episode, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz talks musician to musician with our favorite Cruise artists! Don't miss it.
Facebook Event page
LRBC Facebook Live
LRBC Youtube Live
“A Day Of Blues” to deliver 10 hours of musical joy on Sept 24
(LONG BEACH, CA) - The Long Beach Blues Society and Long Beach Gives proudly present "A Day of Blues" – ten-plus hours of blues music streamed on the Can't Stop The Blues Facebook page, Thursday, September 24 starting 10 AM PST, 12PM CST, 1PM EST.
100% of funds raised by "A Day of Blues" support Give A Gig, Blues In The Schools, Bedside Beats, Long Beach Gives, and Long Beach Blues Society.

"A Day Of Blues" will feature performances by Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', Sugaray Rayford, Tommy Castro, and Southern California staples including New Blues Revolution, Bobby Spencer, Dave Widow, Diana Rein, Blind Lemon Peel, Redd House, Michele Lundeen, Casey Hensley, Orphan John & the Abandoned, Golden Butter Revue, Corday, Nick Black, Andrew Ryan, Ryder Green, Bobby Cass, Shy But Flyy, Beano Mojo Hand, and Up Jumped The Bluez. International blues artists including South River Slim (Canada) Split Whiskers (UK), Valencia Blues Society, The Lazy Tones and Javier Tijuana Band (Spain), The Hobsons Crew (Australia), Ambarish Nag (India) and ASM (Nepal) will also join the 10 hour lineup.

This fundraiser is set up (for free) in conjunction with “Long Beach Gives,” an organization who invite local nonprofits to join in their day of awareness and fundraising once a year. Money raised will go directly to new programming setup to address issues caused by Covid:
- Free lessons to all Long Beach music students. Pro-blues mentors will tutor via Zoom.
- Pro-blues musicians will record online classes available for free focusing on artist's creative niches.
- LBBS's "Bedside Beats" program will offer online music 'fun hours' to any kids who are unable to have visitors during Covid.
*All the above teaching will be conducted by out of work musicians, offering them an income during Covid.
Donation link and Paypal link
Patricia Wilson Aden named new President & CEO of The Blues Foundation
(MEMPHIS, TN) — The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Wilson Aden as its next President & CEO. Aden brings more than three decades of non-profit management experience to the Foundation, with a specialization in the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources. Her most recent experience as President & CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and her earlier role as Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation make her uniquely qualified to lead The Blues Foundation and its Blues Hall of Fame. Aden stated, “I am genuinely excited to join The Blues Foundation and the Blues community in celebrating the Blues and the artists who have made it America’s original musical genre.”

Aden will join the Foundation’s staff on October 1, 2020.

Aden succeeds Barbara Newman, who will begin her retirement September 30th. Under Newman’s leadership, The Blues Foundation saw marked growth in engagement and reach in all facets of the organization’s operations. She embraced technology to offer greater access to and programming of major Blues Foundation events, including The International Blues Challenge and Blues Music Awards, forged new industry alliances, and amplified awareness of organizational activities in fulfilling The Blues Foundation’s mission to preserve, celebrate, and expand awareness of the Blues genre. Most recently, she led the charge to develop a relief fund to provide financial support for basic living necessities to Blues musicians whose income streams have evaporated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first of April, that fund has raised over $250,000 and assisted close to 250 musicians.  ...Read in full
Mississippi legends inducted into The MAX Hall of Fame
(MERIDIAN, MS) - On September 3, five Mississippi artists were inducted into The MAX Hall of Fame [Mississippi's Arts + Entertainment Experience] in downtown Meridian.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the induction took place at a private ceremony on the stage of the Mississippi State University Riley Center’s historic theater.

The legendary artists [Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Jerry Lee Lewis, poet/educator Margaret Walker and Tammy Wynette] will also receive Walk of Fame stars along two blocks of sidewalks between the Riley Center and The MAX, directly in front of the Hall of Fame on Front Street.

Bo Diddley: As a guitarist, singer and songwriter, Diddley had a huge influence on popular music, including rap, hip-hop and R&B. His 1955 recordings of “I’m a Man” and “Bo Diddley” laid the foundation for the development of nearly all subsequent rock-n-roll styles. The famous “Bo Diddley beat” served artists ranging from Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix to the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

John Lee Hooker: Hooker was a blues singer, songwriter and guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi. The son of a Delta sharecropper, Hooker developed a unique style of guitar playing prominently featured in some of his best known songs such as “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “Boom Boom.” Hooker is a five-time Grammy Award winner and an inductee in both the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock’s first great wild man, Jerry Lee Lewis, is now the last surviving member of the celebrated musicians who founded rock-n-roll in the 1950s.
...Read entire story by Italiana Anderson/Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Enter to Win a One-On-One “Live” Video Experience with an Award-Winning Blues Artist
Our One-On One “Live” Video Experience Contest
Hey Blues Lovers,
Our 3rd winner has now been picked and we're in the process of notifying them to set up their one-on-one with Southern Avenue!
If you haven't entered our contest yet, it's time to do so now and you could win a private Zoom visit with Dawn Tyler Watson! She's an international touring artist, multiple Juno Award Winner (Canada), and IBC 1st place Winner and nominee in the 2020 Blues Music Awards.
Enter as many times as you wish. Accepting entries through Sept 26.
All winner’s names will be randomly drawn by celebrity entertainer BigLLou. We’ll then notify you and send you a ZOOM invite. If you don't have a computer, we can arrange via phone. During your one-on-one, 15-minute Zoom (or other method) "live" visit with one of these world-class blues artists, you can ask questions, they may play you a song, or you can just chit chat… connecting you deeper with the artist and their passions. 
Entrant has the option of having the Zoom meeting moderated by pro-podcaster/blues recording artist Tom “The Suit” Forst and recorded/aired by Chasing the Blues Podcast.

Note: By entering contest, you agree to have your email address added to our weekly Blues Festival E-Guide list (emails will never be sold).
Find complete details and enter your info at this link and you could win a private Zoom visit with one of these artists: The contest goes until Sept 26th so share, share, share!

This contest is brought to you by Blues Festival Guide, Chasing the Blues Podcast, The Blues Foundation and BigLLou. Must be 18 or over. No purchase necessary. 

Thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! We see some blues music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing then opening, etc.
Here's a note from a music fan:
"Hey, here in Western North Carolina we have been lucky to be able to see live music. In Asheville, The Guitar Bar (which is closed) have been putting on shows on their loading dock each weekend. Very cool vibe, a BYOB situation, socially distanced, mask wearing crowd. Donations are collected to pay both the bands and the wonderful folks that run the Guitar Bar. 
The Bluzmonkey"
Editor Note: The Craggy Blues Band plays at the Guitar Bar this Sat Sept 19.
We're interested in your thoughts:
- Have you attended any shows and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, crowded, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
- If you're a musician, have you performed live for an audience recently? 
- If so, how was the vibe and attendance?
Email me 100 words MAX and make sure to put "VENUES OPENING" in subject line (so it doesn't get lost in my email). Tell us where in the world you're located. Feel free to send me a pic of your favorite blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
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Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Presents: Jeremiah Johnson + John Oates
Jeremiah Johnson of Ruf Records checks in with Tom "The Suit" Forst on Chasing the Blues 2/Episode 22, discussing his upcoming album, Unemployed Highly Annoyed, that’s set for release on October 30, 2020.
This interview is the very first time the album has been unveiled to the media, which is a great honor for Chasing the Blues. Jeremiah reveals that the work is a concept album with all the songs related to his time in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also shares how fortunate he is that Ruf Records wanted to release it so soon after his album, Heavens to Betsy, which went to Number 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.

John Oates of Hall and Oates joins Tom "The Suit" Forst on Episode 23. Known for writing some of the most well known and classic pop songs of all time, John is also a massive blues fan, which Tom finds out in this insightful interview, as John gets into his love of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Don Gibson.
John talks about his brand new solo album, Live in Nashville, recorded with his band of Nashville veteran musicians the "Good Road Band," which comes out on Friday, September 18, 2020.
Finally, John shares a fascinating studio memory of recording the Hall and Oates album Abandoned Luncheonette with drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.

Listen for Chasing the Blues Podcast on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and wherever podcasts are streamed around the world. Stay tuned for the new Chasing the Blues YouTube Television show.
Chasing the Blues Podcast is produced by Factory Underground Studio, and Marketed by Factory Underground Media (Norwalk, CT). The season sponsor of the podcast is Blues Festival Guide Magazine, which Bobby Rush calls the "Roadmap to the Blues."
Video of the Week
Samantha Fish "Gone For Good" Supersonic oil can guitar 
Print & Digital Versions Available
18th Blues Festival Guide Magazine Print & Digital Editions
(ARCATA, CA) — RBA Publishing offers the 18th annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats as well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide newsletter.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial is once again from aficionados in the blues community.
- Living Legend: Charlie Musselwhite By Eric Steiner
- Blues Movies Reel Away the Blues By Roger Stolle 
- The Healing Blues By Anita Schlank, Ph.D. 
- What’s Cookin’ with Victor Wainwright
- The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation
- Jammin’ On the High C’s On Board the LRBC By Mitch Woods
- A King and A Duke By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
- Festivals Receive KBA
- Blues: An African Sonic Response By Pascal Bokar Thiam, Ed.D.

To order a hard copy mailed to your home, send $9 to RBA Publishing Inc. P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518. To read the 64-page magazine online for free, visit our website. 
Blues Festival Guide is a division of RBA Publishing, Inc, which specializes in blues publishing, publicity and marketing.
...Click here to read cool mini descriptions of these fine articles 
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 17- Henry Butler (1948-2019); Sept 19-Brook Benton (1931-1988), Bill Medley (1940), David Bromberg (1945), Scott Bradlee (Post Modern Jukebox 1981); Sept 21-Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Jesse Ed Davis (1944-1988); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939-1988), Ray Charles (1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907-1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927-1999); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim (1924-1977), Chick Willis (1934-2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936-1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956), Larry "Mud" Morganfield (1957); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928-2009), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide?
Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 3 Blues Albums - Week of Sept 19, 2020
FLEETWOOD MAD: 1969-1974
Fleetwood Mac
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Me and the Devil Blues 
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We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Blues Festival Guide Magazine Media Platforms Feature Live Streams, Online Concerts & more 
The Blues Festival Guide platforms are fast becoming the main portal for blues live stream and blues online concert events.
As fast as an online event is announced, the Blues Festival Guide team makes the announcement and link go live in a special section on the top-ranking Blues Festival Guide Website, as well as on their social media platforms (Facebook with 195,000 Followers, and Instagram @bluesfestguide with 6,000 Followers). This service is provided for free to the artist as well as the viewer.
Even though music festivals and clubs are on lockdown across the globe, there are loads of brand-new music and live concerts via live stream, both small and large, local and international, that can be watched from the safety of your couch on your own TV, computer or phone.
With almost 20 years of experience delivering blues music and blues music news around the world, Publisher Kaati Gaffney says, “We are experienced digital marketers specializing in live music events. During this time of pandemic, while festivals and events are virtual, it is our pleasure to provide this service.” ...Find more about BFG or to contact us to share your events 
Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
To ensure that your festival also appears here in the e-Guide Festival Calender  EMAIL
Not all upcoming blues festivals/events are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events are paid "Featured" ads.  For complete list & links go to our website Festival page!
Please click through the festival links on our site for most current updates
Telluride Blues Festival

Teluride, Colorado, USA
Laconia Blues Festival
Laconia, New Hampshire, USA
 Crosby Zydeco Festival
Sept-19-2020 - Sept-20-2020
Crosby, Texas, USA
A Day of Blues
Long Beach, California USA
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-06-2020 - Nov-08-2020
Cornwall, United Kingdom
For all festival-event links
please go to our website
 CT Rhythm & Blues Festival
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-14-2020
Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-15-2020
Bridgetown, Australia
Looe Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Dec-11-2020 - Dec-13-2020,
Looe, United Kingdom
Cleethorpes Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
Great British Rock & Blues Festival
Jan-15-2021 - Jan-18-2021
Lincolnshire, Skegness, UK
Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bluesberry Festival
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
Call 707-630-3304
RBA Publishing, Inc. in business since 1993, is a boutique blues-specific PR and marketing firm based on the West Coast. We help musicians, festivals, labels and music-related brands. Our digital campaigns target fans, industry and influencers. We are masterful at email marketing, social media, fan acquisition and long-term marketing plans. Our media services are supported by people who understand and love the blues genre. Publishers of annual the Blues Festival Guide magazine, our top-ranking website, and e-Guide newsletter with approx 30,000 weekly subscribers, we have been blues industry leaders for over 18 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to findout how we can help you!
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