|Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Kimberly Shaff reading her BFG cover to cover (Arcata, CA)|
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|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Charlie Bedford :: GOOD TO GO|
The notion of “Keeping The Blues Alive” and passing the torch to the next generation is preeminent in the scene today. While America gets recognition for having given birth to the genre, the blues is universal and for decades Aussies have been telling their stories too. The burgeoning roots and blues scene from the Land Down Under has produced 19-year-old blues guitarist and vocalist, Charlie Bedford, from Melbourne as an exciting candidate to step into that role.
In January of 2020 Bedford was the recipient of a distribution deal from Blue Heart Records for his sophomore album Good To Go. The 11 original tracks and one fun-loving cover are a mixture of power-positive pop and rock infused with blues and soul.
The funky “Money Junkie” offers up wisdom beyond his years, “Honey” swings back and forth and “No Rain No Flowers” has British pop influences and a message of optimism. Drummer Tim Anderson shines on the funky rocking title track “Good To Go.” There’s musical maturity on “Windy Wednesday” and Bedford’s exposure to California 70s sounds.
The dynamic “Enemy” displays Bedford’s compositional skills. Then he reminds us he’s still a teenager by rapping on “Get Rude,” and a “digital native” on garage rocker “Upgrades.” Southern Soul comes through on “Just A Little Longer” and touches of psychedelia slip into the reverb-soaked instrumental “Telephone.” Chris “Stibbo” Hanger from Melbourne jump blues combo, The Jump Cats, joins in with hot blues harp for a rollicking version of the Mink DeVille track “Steady Driver Man” taking liberties with the Bo Diddley-beat party anthem. The set closes with “Blues For John,” in memory of John Jerman, who was a pillar of the Aussie blues community.
|BigLLou Johnson :: SUNSHINE ON YO FACE|
It’s been a minute since Blues Music Award Winner, BigLLou Johnson as released any new blues music. Not that he hasn’t been in the studio though. Au contraire, he practically lives in his own home studio where he says he tries to stay busy churning out voice overs for TV and radio spots and even doing character voices for toys. But you may know him best as the Voice Host of one of the biggest blues stations in the world, B.B. Kings Bluesville
on Sirius-XM, a gig he’s had since Sirius and XM merged. He was chosen by the original and legendary Program Director, Bill Wax.
The two became great friends and it was Bill who encouraged him to record his first blues album and use local musicians from Chicago. Bill also invited him to co-host the Blues Music Awards which were broadcast on Bluesville at the time. It was in Memphis that he met the blues legend Mr. Bobby Rush who gave him the advice, “When you make a record... make sure you put your name in it so folks will remember you.” And that’s how the Blues Music Award winning album, They Call Me Big LLou, came into being. BigLLou took home the award for “Best New Artist” in 2013.
Fast forward to 2020 — America is divided and in the throngs of a pandemic, so BigLLou thought that this was as good a time as any to put pen to paper and finish the album he’d been working off and on for years. “SunShine On Yo Face” is the first release from the upcoming album, Big Man – The Legend of BigLLou
, on GoldenVoice Audio Recordings. The tune is available on all streaming platforms and from his website. Portions of the proceeds from the single will benefit the Covid-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund. ...Read more about BigLLou's adventures
"SunShine On Yo Face"
|GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi to Host Virtual & Livestreamed Gala Honoring Bobby Rush Nov 12|
(CLEVELAND, MS) - The GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi's 2020 Gala will be hosted virtually and livestreamed from the Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. This year's Gala will honor GRAMMY®-winning blues artist Bobby Rush with the second annual Crossroads of American Music Award. Rush will appear at the Museum's virtual ceremony to accept the award and perform. Additional performers include country music singer/songwriter Steve Azar and GRAMMY-nominated blues musician Cedric Burnside.|
This year's Gala will also recognize Amy Killebrew, a teacher at Grenada Elementary School in Grenada, Miss., with the inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award.
"We're looking forward to an incredibly inspiring night of celebrating music—those who make it and those who teach it," said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. "We couldn't be more thrilled to honor a legendary artist such as Bobby Rush with our second annual Crossroads of American Music Award, and we are excited to celebrate Mrs. Amy Killebrew as the first-ever recipient of our L.U.C.Y. Award. With an amazing performance lineup, it's going to be a night to remember, and one that will help us continue to provide music education experiences and opportunities for the young people
of Mississippi and beyond."
“It’s such an honor to receive the Crossroads of American Music Award from the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi,” said Rush. “I can’t thank them enough and can’t find words to say how much I appreciate the recognition for me as a bluesman and a Black bluesman. I‘m so thankful to have someone recognize what I have done and am doing, and during my lifetime while I can still enjoy it, am able to go out and perform, and am still mentally and physically with it. Most of the time people get recognized when they can’t do anything. It’s not a past tense for me. I’m still doing what I do and loving what I do.”
|Celebrating 60 Years of Arhoolie in November|
On November 3, 1960 the first Arhoolie Records LP was released. Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster marked the beginning of a label that would have a deep and lasting impact on American music and culture and has expanded the musical horizons of millions.
It's now time to start celebrating 60 years of Arhoolie—and 25 years of the Arhoolie Foundation. Follow Arhoolie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube as all month they'll be sharing highlights from the history of Arhoolie.
Join them this month and use the hashtag #60YearsofArhoolie to share your own highlights — favorite songs or albums, concerts, or stories! And make sure to look out for Arhoolie's special announcement coming later this month!
|"Blue Door at Your Door" featuring some of Canada's Top Blues Artists Nov 7|
(OTTAWA, CANADA) - Blue Door at your Door, presented by Caivan Communities, is a fundraising music event in support of The Ottawa Mission, featuring some of Canada’s top blues musicians: Downchild Blues Band (with special guests Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer, David Wilcox, Kenny Neal, Gene Taylor and Erja Lyytinen), Colin James, Big Sugar, Sass Jordan, Matt Andersen, MonkeyJunk, Dawn Tyler Watson plus more.|
On Saturday, November 7 at 8pm EST (5pm PST) on CTV Ottawa and YouTube, watch and listen to world-class music and extraordinary stories about individuals whose lives have been given hope by the life-changing programs at The Mission. Hosted by Angelo Tsarouchas: you’ve seen Angelo’s face pop up on numerous movie and television shows and his high energy and relatable comedy has made him popular throughout the world.
Give Hope – Your gift will be matched, make a donation today to help raise funds to support men and women in need in Ottawa.
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|Greetings from Patty, Blues Foundation President/CEO|
|(MEMPHIS, TN) - If we are fortunate, there are times in our lives when we experience a confluence of our avocation and our vocation. Becoming the new President of The Blues Foundation offers me a treasured opportunity to merge my passion for the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources such as blues music with my professional expertise as a leader of non-profit organizations.|
Realizing the ambitious mission of The Blues Foundation and our shared vision of the future will require the energetic engagement of the entire blues community. I have appreciated the warm welcome I have received from musicians, blues societies from across the globe, music scholars, industry professionals and fans. I look forward to partnering with all of you as we continue to preserve the heritage of the blues, expand appreciation of the genre, and support the artists who keep the music alive.
I am keenly aware that I am joining The Blues Foundation at a critical moment. The blues community is not isolated from the racial reckoning that has roiled our nation. Together, I hope we will deepen our knowledge of the authentic history of the blues and early blues artists, grow and diversify the audiences who experience our live performances, ensure equity in the opportunities offered to musicians of all backgrounds, and encourage the young artists who will fuel the genre’s ongoing evolution. Our timely response to these and other difficult issues will ensure that The Blues Foundation remains a trusted and relevant resource. The work ahead will be especially challenging as we attempt to deal with the far-reaching consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
|MO Blues Association Jam & Washington Society Blues Bash|
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) - Ready to jam? Then head to Spectators, 232 E. High St., Jefferson City, Missouri this Sunday afternoon Nov 8th for the MO Blues Jam 3-7pm. Typically held as a monthly jam session at various venues in Jefferson City to benefit the MO Blues Association, the events have been a bit more sporadic this year as the global pandemic caused restrictions on gatherings. The events help support the association, which operates the Blues in the Schools Program, educating children on the origin of blues music and, in the past, bringing blues performers into classrooms.|
Then mark your calendars for the MO Blues Association Holiday Blues Blast Dec 5th at the Capital Bluffs Event Center, 1616 Oilwell Rd Suite B, in Jefferson City from 5-10pm.
(VIRTUAL) - The monthly Washington Blues Society Blues Bash has gone virtual and international. The December bash will feature David Rotundo, the multiple award-winning singer, songwriter Lee Oskar Harmonicas and Dreams We Share recording artist from Toronto, Canada. The Blues Bash will be broadcast online Tuesday December 8th at 7 PM PST on David Rotundo's Facebook page or join the watch party at the Washington Blues Society Facebook page.
|Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)|
|This Week on Can't Stop The Blues|
|Follow this link for the shows at Can’t Stop the Blues: |
• THURSDAY, 11/5: 9pm EST Divas of Greaseland - Marina Crouse Encore
10pm EST Divas of Greaseland - Lisa Leuschner Andersen Encore
• FRIDAY, 11/6: 9pm EST Joe Barr with Breezy Rodio - Soul For Your Heart- Rosas Lounge Chicago Session
10pm EST Greaseland Fridays with Friends Festival - Vol. 1
• SATURDAY, 11/7: 9pm EST Corey Harris #stuckinItaly
10pm EST Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen - Live At The Longboard
• SUNDAY, 11/8: 9pm EST Tullie Brae Band - Camping With The Blues
10pm EST Eric Johanson - Live From Below Sea Level
|Marquise Knox "Reflections"|
|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,
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|Chasing The Blues Podcast|
|Tom "The Suit" Forst Chasing The Blues with Vanessa Collier|
|SEASON 2/EPISODE 30: Multiple Blues Music Award winner, Saxophonist, Vocalist, Songwriter and Producer Vanessa Collier drops in to chat with Tom Forst about her new album, Heart On The Line.|
Vanessa takes Tom back to her roots, starting music at age 11, and through career highlights including touring with Joe Louis Walker, and one very special night trading licks with Buddy Guy.
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 80 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:|
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); Nov 13 Louisa "Blue Lu" Barker (1913-1998), John Hammond (1942), Candye Kane (1961-2016); Nov 14 Carey Bell (1936-2007), Anson Funderburgh (1954), Buckwheat Zydeco (1947-2016); Nov 15 Little Willie John (1937-1968); Nov 16 W.C. Handy (1873-1958), Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011), Eden Brent (1965), Francis Clay (1923-2008); Nov 17 Tab Benoit (1967); Nov 19 Chris Cain (1955)
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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
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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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