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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 22, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 43

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News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Video of the Week
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Intros and Outros
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more)  
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
Rendle Taylor, Physical Therapist, taking a much needed break and enjoying the 2020 BFG magazine.
Photo: Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw
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The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
The Nighthawks :: TRYIN’ TO GET TO YOU 
Seminal American roots music band The Nighthawks Tryin’ To Get To You on EllerSoul Records was produced by David Earl and The Nighthawks and recorded at Severn Sound Studio. The album’s 13 tracks showcase the breadth and expertise of the band in their explorations into all branches of roots music.
The Nighthawks have long been celebrated for their excursions into the great American songbook of blues, roots and early rock ’n’ roll; and Tryin’ To Get To You continues that righteous run, as the quartet delves into some deeply-rooted chestnuts, along with new original songs from the group. The current band includes original founding member Mark Wenner - harmonicas and vocals; Dan Hovey - guitars and vocals; Mark Stutso - drums and vocals; and Paul Pisciotta basses and vocals. 
Two original songs are from Dan Hovey and two from the combined pens of Mark Stutso and Pittsburgh flash Norman Nardini. Tasty covers include Jimmy Reed’s “Come Love”, T-Bone Walker’s “I Know Your Wig Is Gone”, James Brown’s “Tell Me What I Did Wrong,” and Los Lobos’ “Don’t Worry Baby”. As in albums past, The Nighthawks continue to salute Elvis with the presence of the title track featuring Mark Wenner’s take on Elvis Presley’s take on a tune from the gospel group The Eagles. They get lowdown with Hank Ballard’s “Rain Down Tears;” then up with the Manhattans’ “Searchin’ for My Baby;” the obscure “Luscious” from Rockabilly Roy Hall swings old school; heavy blues riffs rule on “Chairman of the Board” by the band of the same name, and they finish off with a Dan Hovey acoustic original, “The Cheap Stuff.”
In typical Nighthawks fashion, the playlist is all over the map, yet the style and sound are unmistakably The Nighthawks.
"Come Love"
News Flash... 
 BFG & Can't Stop The Blues

The Blues Festival Guide is now a Media Sponsor of the hard-working Can't Stop the Blues program. Founder Karen Gottheimer said, "Together, we will continue to help bring income to the bands and music to the fans, because it’s true, even with the Covid crisis, you can’t stop the blues!"
Coming up this week, only on Can’t Stop the Blues: 
THURSDAY, 10/22 9pm Eastern:  Divas of Greaseland- Lady Bianca Encore10:00 pm Eastern:  Divas of Greaseland- Terrie Odabi Encore
FRIDAY, 10/23 9pm Eastern: Meg Williams - Back in the Pole Barn Again
10pm Eastern: High Note Group “Live” from Seattle’s Belltown Yacht Club, Presented By Ed Maloney
SATURDAY, 10/24 9pm Eastern: Katie Martin - Inspired By The Blues
10:00 Pm Eastern: Katie Knipp W/Chris Martinez- Six Feet Apart
SUNDAY, 10/25 9pm Eastern:  Dry Docked & Landlocked Presented by Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (+ special daily broadcast through Oct 31)
Dry Docked & Landlocked - A Virtual Cruise Oct 25-31
A Note from the folks at Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise:
The musicians of the world, along with the live venues, the service and travel & tourism industries, and so many millions of others have had their lives turned upside down since March 13, 2020. Originally scheduled to sail out of Port Everglades this Sunday on the Holland America Eurodam, we have now reset LRBC #35 for October 24-31, 2021 and can't wait to be back at sea together!
To stay connected with our cruiser family, we've teamed up with our fantastic musicians to present: Dry Docked & Landlocked - a Virtual Cruise for the coming week, October 25-31, starting @ 5:00pm CST Daily via LRBC Facebook Live and LRBC YouTube. We have also partnered with Can't Stop the Blues, who will re-broadcast our virtual cruise daily at @ 9:00pm EST.

We have reached out to the musicians and staff across the globe who will be sharing greetings and well wishes from their homes. We will be featuring videos throughout the week of their living room performances, previous LRBC performances, and various activities onboard the cruises. Legendary invites you to jump on and participate in these Live Streams! Share your photos and memories using some of the following hashtags: #bluesin, #bluescruise, #LRBC, #legendarybluescruise, #ourshipkicksass & #realbluesmatters. It will help us all feel like we're at sea again and remind of us of our unforgettable times together.
Celebrate Halloween Hambone Style
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - While we've already got our masks on - let's celebrate Halloween Hambone style! Stan "Hambone" Street's 13th annual birthday party-turned-festival is happening Oct 29-Nov 1, and we are ready! It will be part downtown street party at Hambone’s Art Gallery (inside and out), and part "porch sessions" at the Shack Up Inn. 
Check out the Hambone Festival page and the Facebook event page for the downtown schedule at Stan’s Hambone Art Gallery!
Thursday, Thurs Oct 29, 7pm will be a Jam Night Hosted By Stan Street & The Hopeless Case Band at Hambone’s. Fri-Sat-Sun performers include Watermelon Slim, Johnny Rawls, Big A, Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers, Reverend Robert, David Dunavent, Ray Cashman, Mississippi Marshall, Ben Payton, LaLa, Luscious Spiller, Lee Williams, J.H. Stitton, Libby Rae Watson, Chris Gill & more.

Book a shack for the weekend and get in on the action - at safe distances of course! From the comfort of your porch you can watch music Friday and Saturday (30th/31st) from 5pm. Performers at the Shack include Ray Cashman, Libby Rae Watson, Gumbo Rivers and Chris Gill. Book online or call 662-624-8329.

Folks at the Shack say, “We are taking extra precautions with regards to sanitizing, masks, and social distancing as we care deeply for the safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, and community. We miss y'all, but remember - no neck huggin'!”
Alabama Black Belt Blues
Robert Clem's documentary, Alabama Black Belt Blues, will air on Alabama Public Television Friday, October 23 at 8:30pm, repeating Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 pm. The documentary is about an Alabama blues tradition first brought to light by Alabama artist and writer Ruby Pickens Tartt along with folklorists John and Alan Lomax who helped preserve and help popularize African American roots culture in the mid-20th century.
Alabama Black Belt Blues documents this history from the plantations to slave narratives, to profiles of the musicians and music recorded in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and also explores the culture of the economically hard-pressed Black Belt today. The film includes archival recordings and live performances at Black Belt juke joints in Boligee, Panola and Union and the Red Wolf Lounge in Birmingham. Produced in cooperation with Alabama Public Television.
Here's a teaser. Here's Robert Clem's Vimeo channel
NPR Music Premieres Christone “Kingfish” Ingram's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
On Tuesday, October 20, NPR Music premiered award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert performance. The tracks were recorded at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Ingram's native Clarksdale, Mississippi, with Paul Rogers on bass. Three of the songs – "Fresh Out," "Outside Of This Town" and "Listen," were first recorded on his Grammy-nominated 2019 debut album, Kingfish. The fourth song, "Rock & Roll," was originally released in July 2020 as a digital single, and is a moving tribute to Ingram's late mother, Princess Latrell Pride Ingram.

Watch the full performance here.
Since the release of Kingfish, the 21-year-old musician has earned mountains of praise from press, radio and fans alike. In addition to his Grammy nomination, he won five 2020 Blues Music Awards, including Album Of The Year, Best Guitarist and Best Emerging Artist. He also won four Living Blues Awards and two Blues Blast Awards. In addition to headlining his own tours, Ingram has performed with Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues and Heatseekers charts. The song "Fresh Out" was the most played track in 2019 on Sirius/XM’s Bluesville channel. Songs from the album continue to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. Sir Elton John interviewed Kingfish on his Apple Beats podcast. Kingfish also appeared (honoring Buddy Guy) on PBS Television's Austin City Limits. NPR Music named him a 2020 Artist To Watch, and included Kingfish as one of the Best Debut Albums Of 2019. Tastemaker UK music magazine MOJO named Kingfish the #1 Blues Album of 2019.
Wendell Pierce as Blues Legend B.B. King in upcoming biopic
Anne Branigin/The Root
Photo: Richard Shotwell/Dan Steinberg (AP)
After years of twists and turns, acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce, star of The Wire and Treme announced that he will be playing legendary blues musician B.B. King in an upcoming feature film entitled, The Thrill Is On. Pierce made the announcement Monday via Twitter, sharing a picture of himself alongside the iconic musician.
“We are official. Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, B.B. King. Humbled,” he wrote. The film, its title a play on the famous King cover “The Thrill Is Gone,” has been a long time in the making, and was once opposed by King himself.

Originally titled BB King and I, the biopic centers on King’s relationship with a younger white musician, Michael Zanetis, who co-wrote the screenplay.
As Rolling Stone reported in 2012, King helped kickstart Zanetis’ career, while Zanetis was “instrumental in getting King a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” Zanetis reportedly showed King a copy of the biopic’s script in 2006, but that didn’t stop the pair from getting into a legal battle over the film. King sent Zanetis a cease-and-desist letter that year, claiming the film and its website violated his trademarks and publicity rights. Months later, Zanetis filed his own suit against King through his company, King Size Film Productions, accusing the guitarist of causing production delays and obstructing efforts to raise funds for the film.

At the time, Pierce was slated to play King, with actor Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, We Bought a Zoo) playing Zanetis. Right now, Pierce is the only actor attached to the project, reports Entertainment Weekly.
See full article
Dawn Tyler Watson met via Zoom with Contest Winner
Award-winning artist Dawn Tyler Watson met via Zoom with contest winner and fan Michael Sugden on October 15th as part of our cool "One-On-One" contest. 

Dawn shared a pic from her chat with Michael and added, “Thanks very much all for including me in this and for setting this up! We had a good talk and even played a few tunes!

Hope to see you all soon along the Blues Highway once the shows start up again. Till then take good care and stay safe!”
B.B. King Museum Online Activities & Quizzes to Win
(INDIANOLA, MS) - They're open, but B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center continues to offer online tools to educate your family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download any of the resources on their website based on age range. By participating, you’re eligible to be entered to win some free merchandise or entry into the Museum! New winners are chosen and notified every two weeks.

To enter, post a photo of your completed project to social media with the tag: #BBKingEducation or email your completed project photos.

The Museum has added new quiz questions for October for  adults and children to be entered in a drawing for a Grand Prize. October's winner will be notified November 13, 2020, via email address.

B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center. Their mission at the Museum is to "Inspire Hope, Creativity and Greatness!"
Video of the Week
Watermelon Slim "Oklahoma" - Live from Black Deer Festival
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.
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!!
LRBC#35 Southern Caribbean: Oct. 24~31, 2021 From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl To Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) On Holland America’s Ms Eurodam. Cabins & Info HERE
LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022 From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl To Tortola, St. Thomas & Turks And Caicos On Holland America’s New Flagship Ms Rotterdam. Cabins & Info @ HERE
Visit Reservations Or Call (816) 753-7979 To Reserve Your Cabin!
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 |
- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Chasing The Blues with 
Bluesman Albert Castiglia joins Tom Forst on On Chasing the Blues Podcast being interviewed by special guest Dana Somayaji, winner of the "One-On'One" contest run by Blues Festival Guide Magazine. Dana goes deep in the interview prompting Albert to talk about his days touring with Junior Wells, then discovers how he went from AC DC and Bruce Springsteen to the blues thanks to a Muddy Waters cassette that turned his world upside down. He talks about life during Covid-19, his new found love of Yoga. As well, how feels about the current situation, and his eagerness to get back on the road.
Also listen for the Chasing The Blues Podcast on Apple and Spotify

Chasing the Blues is a weekly audio podcast hosted by blues rock guitarist and recording artist Tom The Suit Forst. Now in its second season with over 75 episodes in total, the podcast recently launched a YouTube television show on YouTube, with John Oates of Hall and Oates appearing in the debut episode.

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."
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:
Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892-1973), Boozoo Chavis (1930-2001), Carol Fran (1933); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911-1986), Willie Mabon (1925-1985), Bill Wyman (1936), Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931-2005); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909-2006), Clifford Antone (1949-2006 Antone Records and Nightclub); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946-2020), Hadda Brooks (1916-2002); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977)
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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 8,000 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
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
 Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-15-2020
Bridgetown, Australia
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
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Southport Blues,
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Bluesberry Festival
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Music Fest 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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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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