|Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Melissa Anderson enjoys reading her BFG on a sunny afternoon in Arcata, CA|
Photo: Kaati Gaffney
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|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood :: BLUE SKY|
The Reverend Shawn Amos’ swampy Blue Sky, released under the moniker The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood, is a collaboration between the Rev and some old friends: drummer Brady Blade (Buddy & Julie Miller, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Macy Gray), and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts. Friends of The Brotherhood are the voices of Piper Amos, Sharlotte Gibson, and Kenya Hathaway, Matt Hubbard on piano, Wurlitzer, and Hammond organ; and Ben Peeler on lap steel, pedal steel, dobro, mandolin.
Since 2018’s acclaimed, politically charged Breaks it Down, the Rev has been on the road nonstop. 2019 saw him alighting in Texas, where the South begins, the West ends, and something else is taking shape – a world away, geographically and culturally, from his native Los Angeles. Here, he gathered the Brotherhood, creating a sense of home in his rootlessness. Blade, Thomas, and Roberts provide not only musical, but also spiritual and emotional support for embracing new territory, artistically and otherwise.
Unlike past Shawn Amos collaborations with Matthew Sweet and Solomon Burke, the Brotherhood is in it for the long haul. “Everybody feels pride of ownership,” the Rev says of Blue Sky. Clearly, from the barn-burning blues stomp of “Counting Down the Days” to the smoky R&B of “Albion Blues” to the rollicking “27 Dollars,” the Brotherhood is, indeed, down. The material showcases Shawn Amos’s songwriting like no previous Rev outing; here furious, there vulnerable; here gadabout and crazy, there forlorn and tender; all buoyed by musicians emboldening a beloved family member.
|Are y'all “Ready to Road-Trip”?|
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – Are y'all “Ready to Road-Trip”? Clarksdale, Mississippi, is working hard to make you comfortable when you do. Our musicians, restaurants, shops and lodging are ready when you are... if y'all are ok with cleaning up, masking up and socially distancing. Please help us keep everyone safe and put on even more "live" music and events! Come see us at Cat Head when you're “Ready To Road-Trip.” Scroll through the local music calendar at Cathead Music Calendar and also check out a sampling of our weekly blues performances via Live From Clarksdale. Cat Head’s new brick-n-mortar store hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm; Saturday till 5pm. You can also shop online 24/7 at the website.|
In addition to Cat Head’s increasing list of weekly in-person blues shows (6 days this week, for example)... check out Visit Clarksdale Tourism's free Audio Walking Tour app, traverse the Mississippi Blues Trail, or take an awesome personal tour with Delta Bohemian Tours (Billy Howell) or CDRY Touring (Cassandra Wilson). Enjoy the fresh air and water of a Quapaw Canoe Company excursion on Sunflower or Mississippi River. Check out our dozens of history markers, banners and sidewalk markers. Soak up our deep blues history at the Delta Blues Museum, and shop our eclectic downtown. Oh, did I mention that we have the coolest, most unique lodging options in the region? From rural shacks to downtown lofts, from chain hotels to historic B&Bs, our accommodations are more than accommodating.
“Ready to Road-Trip”? Roger Stolle of Cat Head says, “Turn the key. Press the pedal on the right. And we'll see y'all soon... safely.”
|Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom film coming to Netflix Dec 18|
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom starring Viola Davis is one of the most anticipated films of 2020, in part because it was the last film actor Chadwick Boseman made before his tragic death at age 43 after a 4-year-long battle with colon cancer. The film is based on August Wilson’s award-winning play from director George C. Wolfe,” and Denzel Washington serves as executive producer.|
Wolfe’s star-studded adaptation of Wilson’s 1982 stage play of the same name, depicts Davis as Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the legendary iconic blues singer from Chicago who became known as the “Mother of the Blues,” and who was one of the first blues artists to record her work.
The film is set during a recording session in 1927 in Chicago and shows Ma confronting her producer and manager over the control of her music. She also goes toe-to-toe with Boseman’s character Levee, an ambitious and skilled trumpeter in her band who is determined to strike it big in the music business.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will begin streaming on Netflix December 18. Here's the official trailer.
|Delta Blues Museum New Virtual Tours feat. Pro Blues Artists|
|(CLARKSDALE, MS) - Delta Blues Museum is announcing the creation of new virtual tours made possible through funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission's (MAC) Rapid Response grant program. The new virtual tours, created by Mississippi filmmaker Coop Cooper, feature Clarksdale musicians Lee Williams, Terry "Big T" Williams, and James "Super Chikan" Johnson as personal tour guides for visitors, allowing viewers to experience Museum exhibits while learning more about the Blues artists that influenced these local musicians personally and shaped their professional careers.|
Museum Director Shelley Ritter says these virtual tours were created in response to requests from many supporters who expressed an interest in visiting the Museum safely by visiting virtually, adding, "We are grateful to MAC for supporting this project which not only supports our local artists but also helps the Museum expand our storytelling. Taking a tour with these musicians and learning about those from whom they learned demonstrates the incredible power of the Blues and its perpetuity. We enjoyed working with filmmaker Coop Cooper to create these tours and hope our fans and supporters will, too."
MAC Rapid Response grants were created to support small-scale arts activities in Mississippi communities and to adapt artistic focused work in an online setting. These funds are part of an expanded version of MAC's Mini-grants program, designed to quickly assist with the urgent needs of art organizations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Delta Blues Museum's new virtual tours are free to the public and accessible online via the Museum's website.
|Whose Skip James Is This?|
|By Peter Guralnick/Oxford American|
I first met Skip James at Dick Waterman’s apartment in Cambridge in the summer of 1965. I sought him out because, quite simply, his music had overwhelmed me: the blues that he had recorded for Paramount Records in 1931 on piano and guitar, four of whose sides had been reissued on collectors’ labels in the early ’60s, had struck me as unfathomably strange, beautiful, and profound. Then in June of 1964 the singer himself was rediscovered in a hospital in Tunica, Mississippi, and when he appeared at the Newport Folk Festival some five or six weeks later, his music was just as haunting, just as profound, his pure falsetto floated out over that festival field with all the ethereal power of the records but with a new and eerie reality. When, a year later, he was booked into Club 47 in Cambridge and I found out that he would be staying with Dick Waterman, who managed Mississippi John Hurt and Son House at the time and would very shortly take over Skip’s booking and management, too, I felt an obligation to seek him out. I’m not sure what exactly emboldened me. I didn’t know Dick, except as one of the blues elite who could hang out backstage at Newport or stride past the waiting lines at Club 47 and walk right in the door. I certainly didn’t know Skip. And at twenty-one, I was temperamentally disinclined to approach anyone outside the realm of my immediate circle of acquaintance. But I felt, not without an ironic recognition of my own foolishness and insignificance—for no other reason but my overwhelming admiration for his work, the scope of his imagination, I simply felt compelled to do it.
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(Whose Skip James Is This? was originally published by the OA in 1997, appears in this slightly revised form in Peter Guralnick’s new collection, Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing, which was published on October 27, 2020.) Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
|Dry Docked & Landlocked - A Virtual Cruise thru Oct 31|
|To stay connected with the blues cruiser family, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise crew teamed up with fantastic musicians to present: Dry Docked & Landlocked - a Virtual Cruise which continues daily through October 31, starting at 5pm CST Daily via LRBC Facebook Live and LRBC YouTube.|
They have also partnered with Can't Stop the Blues, who will re-broadcast the virtual cruise daily at 9pm EST.
|Virtually Can't Stop The Blues |
|This Week on Can't Stop The Blues|
|Follow this link for the shows at Can’t Stop the Blues: |
• THURSDAY, 10/29 9pm EST: Dry Docked & Landlocked - A Virtual Cruise Day 5! Theme: Legendary Gear. Driftin’ & Driftin’ w/G. Love & Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Vanessa Collier, Charlie Musselwhite, Lola, Sunrise Party
• FRIDAY, 10/30: 8pm EST Shari Puorto Band Halloween Special
9pm EST Dry Docked & Landlocked - A Virtual Cruise Day 6! Theme: Legendary Sea Creatures. Shakura S’Aida, Doug MacLeod, Phantom Blues Band, Ruthie Foster, Mitch Woods Club 88 Highlights
• SATURDAY, 10/31: 9pm EST Dry Docked & Landlocked - A Virtual Cruise Day 7! Theme: Halloween. Marquise Knox, Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz, Monster Mash Martini Drink Demo w/ Tom Burns
• SUNDAY, 11/1: 9pm EST Mike Dangeroux Blues Band featuring Inetta Visor- Alive and Live in Chicago
10pm EST: Frank Jones Band- Live at Log Cabin Studios
|"Shakin' All Over" Will Lee & Justin Johnson|
|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 recent note from a blues lover:
"I'm in the middle of Alabama about 35 miles south of Birmingham. A few places have opened up in Birmingham and my favorite place, Capitol Oyster Bar in Montgomery has opened for outdoor Sunday afternoon shows. At my age, I'm a higher risk of catching the virus. So, my choice about going out in public has been made. Thank goodness, my extensive music collection is keeping me sane.
Favorite blues memory? Jeez...Stevie Ray Vaughan on Riverboat President in New Orleans 1988 with B.B. King. San Francisco Blues Festival with Albert Collins, Charlie Musselwhite, Katie Webster in 1990. Etta James, Elvin Bishop at a JazzFest night concert 1990. Couple trips to International Blues Competition in Memphis."
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,
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|Chasing The Blues Podcast|
|Tom "The Suit" Forst Chasing The Blues with Miss Freddye|
|SEASON 2/EPISODE 29: Tom Forst spends some time with Freddye Stover, aka Miss Freddye. For the past 25 years, Miss Freddye has been singing the blues throughout her Western Pennsylvania hometown of Pittsburgh. From barrooms and nightclubs, to charity events, VFWs and American Legions, Miss Freddye is often recognized as the town’s Leading Lady of the Blues. In fact, she has also been recognized on the national music scene with two Blues Foundation Awards nominations for her 2017 album, Lady Of The Blues.|
Miss Freddye is an artist with an incredible story of bravery and perseverance which she shares with Tom in this insightful interview, including her experiences as a breast cancer survivor, as well as her work as a surgical nurse helping treat other cancer patients. She also discussed her experience using music to help her son who is on the spectrum Autism to break through, himself becoming a harmonic player and her number one fan!
Listen to the Chasing The Blues Podcast on Spreaker, 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.
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|Birthdays upcoming of note:|
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); Nov 1 Sippie Wallace (1898-1986); Don Robey (Duke/Peacock Records 1903-1975); Nov 2 Mark Wenner (1948); Nov 3 Mable John (1930), Sonny Rhodes (1940); Nov 4 Delbert McClinton (1940); Nov 5 Ike Turner (1931-2007), Studebaker John Grimaldi (1952); Nov 6 Rory Block (1949); Nov 7 Johnny Rivers (1942); Nov 8 Bonnie Bramlett (1944); Bonnie Raitt (1949), Eddie “Vaan” Shaw Jr. (1955); Nov 9 Linda Hopkins (1924-2017), Susan Tedeschi (1970); Nov 10 Bobby Rush, George "Mojo" Buford (1929-2011); Nov 11 LaVern Baker (1929-1997), Mose Allison (1927-2016), Chris Smither (1944); Nov 12 Bukka White (1906-1977), Booker T. Jones (1944);
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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
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Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Interstate Blues Fest
Nov-6-2020 - Nov-7-2020
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-15-2020
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
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
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| Southport Blues,|
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Fulham, London, UK
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
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