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Blues Festival Guide
Nov 12, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 46

Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
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!
Betsy and Sam Mudd from Inverness, Florida, are here reading their BFG at the Sparacia-Witherell Winery in Brooksville Florida.
The Mudds are known for their soulful, spirited sound. Their toe-tapping traditional jazz and blues style returns you to the days of Louisiana speak-easy lounges and cool cats. The Mudds consist of singer, songwriter and guitarist Sam Mudd, and wife Betsy Mudd on bass. The full band includes Jim Bramhall drums, and Port Barlow and Gordon Bulcock on rhythm and lead guitar.
Photo courtesy Nancy Edwards
*Don't have your 2020 magazine? Order one hereOnce you receive, have fun, get creative and SNAP A PHOTO of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the BFG magazine and EMAIL your photo, caption (120 words or less), a URL if applicable, and photo credit to your e-Guide editor! We Encourage Individual Subscribers. However, if you know of a location that's open that we might send a box to, please let us know.
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Shaun Murphy Band :: FLAME STILL BURNS
The Shaun Murphy Band is comprised of a team of music professionals who have been playing for more decades than they care to count. The line up on this project includes Tom DelRossi (drums), John Marcus (bass), Kenne Kramer (guitar), Tommy Stillwell (guitar and vocals), Eric Robert (B-3), Kevin McKendree (piano), and of course, Shaun Murphy on vocals and tambourine.

Flame Still Burns is the 10th solo CD from Shaun. The disc offers fourteen outstanding tracks from various genres by recognizable names like Leon Russell, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, Chris Smither, Gregg Allman, Denise LaSalle, Melvin London, Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon, and Charlie Rich. While primarily a Blues album, Shaun absolutely dominates, touching on rock ‘n roll, soul, and even a Country tune.

Full of polish and fire, Shaun’s voice is unforgettable and stronger than ever. Shaun says, “We hope you enjoy Flame Still Burns as much as we enjoyed recording it for you.”

The new release is now available from their website as well as all other popular music outlets.
"Sweet Little Angel"
Booking/Press: TC Davis Email or (615) 495-8244
News Flash... 
River & Blues Festival Nov 13-14
(FORT WORTH, TX) - Country and blues artists will perform at the two-day socially distanced River & Blues Festival at Fort Worth’s Panther Island Pavilion waterfront venue. It’s not every day that a mix of well-known artists and emerging musicians from the country and blues scenes get together for a good time.

On Nov. 13, see headliner Charley Crockett along with Kody West, Grady Spencer and the Work, Elaina Kay and Southern Avenue.

Nov. 14’s lineup has headliners Maddie and Tae plus Bart Crow, Samantha Fish, Casey James, Courtney Patton and Jason Eady, and Kirk House.

Equal parts savory and southern, they’ve curated a delicious list of Fort Worth local eateries and food trucks to compliment the soulful sounds of the River & Blues Festival.

General admission seating is in 10-by-10-foot pods that can hold up to 10 people, and each pod will be 12 feet from other pods. Masks are required, and cashless transactions are encouraged.
Tonite! A Different Kind Of Gala "Down In Mississippi"
Virtual Livestream Celebrating Bobby Rush + online auction!
(CLEVELAND, MS) - GRAMMY®-winning blues artist Bobby Rush will be the recipient of the second annual Crossroads of American Music Award at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi’s 2020 Gala, which will be streamed live from the Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Thursday, Nov. 12 beginning 7pm CST. Rush will appear at the Museum’s virtual ceremony to accept the award and perform. Special guests Steve Azar and Cedric Burnside will also perform during the livestream.

Tickets to the Virtual Gala can be purchased here. In honor of Bobby’s Nov 10th birthday, tickets for this gala and performance are $5 off through Nov 12. The show will be available on demand for 72 hours after the show date.

In conjunction with the Virtual Gala, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will also launch its first-ever online auction. The online auction went live the morning of Friday, Oct. 23 and closes Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 9pm CST. Bid on items such as autographed guitars, championship BBQ, Mississippi Road Trippin', handwritten lyrics to hit songs, tickets to the CMA Festival, great art, beach trip, Nola & the Northshore, Memphis, Delta eats, and more. Proceeds from the auction and 2020 Virtual Gala will benefit the Museum’s education program, which seeks to use music as a gateway to learning by inspiring and cultivating creativity, critical thinking and self-expression. 
This year’s virtual event will also feature the presentation of the 2020 L.U.C.Y. Award, which honors a K-12 educator from the state of Mississippi who embodies the educational mission of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.
One name, two musical acts and a story of privilege: How the Lady A controversy captured the state of the music industry in 2020
By Emily Yahr Washington Post
It started with a carefully crafted statement that was more prescient than anyone could have predicted. Two weeks after George Floyd’s death in police custody sparked a national reckoning over racial injustice, members of the country music band formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they were going to drop the latter half of their name. They were “regretful and embarrassed,” they said, that they didn’t previously take into account the Antebellum South’s associations with the pre-Civil War slavery era.

“Our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face everyday,” the trio wrote to millions of followers across social media, adding that they would now go by their longtime nickname, Lady A. “Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.”

In the cautious world of country music, a genre that often advises its acts to stay quiet on controversial topics, this passed for an unusually progressive act. But soon, any goodwill the band hoped to achieve was demolished: The band was unaware of a 62-year-old Seattle blues singer named Anita White, who has performed under the name Lady A for nearly three decades. Suddenly, White had to worry about competing with the band’s record label resources and millions of streams and sales, with her own music potentially buried online and on streaming services. The next day, she told Rolling Stone she was never contacted by the band and expressed the frustration at the irony of the group deciding on a new name to make up for a previous blind spot about race, only to use the same name of a Black singer.
Read full story…
The Blues Never Die... In the Arkansas Delta, blues-playing ghosts won’t go quietly. Bubba Sullivan sees to that
By Rhonda Shook Spin
There is a tiny, crumbling town in the Arkansas delta where spirits glide among the ruins, and in the liminal space between dusk and dark, if you get real quiet, you can hear, ever so faintly, the strains of a blues guitar. Hold your breath and lean in. It’s Robert Lockwood, Jr – couldn’t be anyone else – playing a song you’ve never heard before, plaintive and haunting, the kind of blues that breaks your heart. The voice is faint and you can’t quite make out the words, but then a piano joins in and the whole mood changes. Exhale and relax. That boogie-woogie sound belongs to Pinetop Perkins and people drift outside to listen, ears tuned to the song on the wind. And now, a harmonica. Sonny Boy Williamson; you’d recognize that freight train-chugging anywhere. They jam, Lockwood, Perkins, and Williamson, and the camaraderie is evident. They were born, each of them, with an otherworldly gift. The song fades, leaving as it arrived, on the enchanted breeze. You’ve been listening to ghosts. Sip your drink and take it all in. Evening in the Arkansas delta.

Morning dawns with air as thick as syrup, but you’ve been told that a visit to Helena is not complete without a stroll down Cherry Street. It isn’t until you reach the very end of it that you understand why. A faded wooden sign above a torn awning advertises This Little Pig Antiques, but that’s a bit misleading – just a jumble of dusty, straight-back chairs and a lamp or two. Far more interesting are the posters, strewn as haphazardly as the chairs. Deteriorated by decades of exposure to light and moisture, they are nonetheless exquisite, for they bear the signatures of legends – the extravagant loops of Delbert McClinton, the scrawl of Billy Boy Arnold, the economic precision of Carey Bell – and you wonder what kind of magician managed to conjure this collection. You have arrived at Bubba’s Blues Corner.
Read full story… 
"Dry Docked & Landlocked" ...enjoy virtual Cruise Recap!
A note from Roger Naber & The Legendary Krewe...
Greetings to all the musicians, staff and cruisers for joining us with our First Virtual Cruise "That Wasn't." We enjoyed the International and U.S. blues music fans adding their support with comments on both LRBC Facebook and LRBC Youtube, with assistance in partnership with Can't Stop The Blues and Blues Music Magazine. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as us, assembling the 7 days of music and revelry fun to stay connected with our cruiser family.

We look forward to seeing you all and cruising with those of you who can make the October 24-31, 2021 LRBC. The same versatile and stellar lineup which was initially scheduled for this October should be back with the same exotic itinerary for what promises to be another outstanding LRBC onboard the HAL Eurodam.

Please stand by for announcements of the forthcoming January Virtual Cruise scheduled to be aired on the same identical calendar days everyone was expecting to sail to the Eastern Caribbean. We have moved our lineup to the following year and will sail again on Holland America's brand new 2021 build, The Rotterdam.

Meanwhile, cruising looks promising to open up in the spring as guidelines have been set with safety protocols for the ship's crew to begin sea trials by year's end. We will keep all updated as we learn about our own parameters for safely cruising.
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, 11/12: 9pm EST Horojo Trio - Throwback Thursdays
10pm EST Larry Mitchell with Joe Bonamassa - Throwback Thursdays
• FRIDAY, 11/13:  9pm EST Laura Rain and The Caesars - Live from Motor City
10pm EST Greaseland Fridays with Friends Festival - Vol. 2
• SATURDAY, 11/14: 9pm EST Jr. Boy & Kerrie Live at Audio Dallas
10pm EST Carolyn Wonderland - A Levitt Shell Presentation
• SUNDAY, 11/15: 9pm EST Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - 2 Hour Event
Blues Society News
Nanaimo Blues Society’s “Blues Plate Special” & Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society offers Kids Music series
(NANAIMO, BC, CANADA) - The Blues Plate Special is the Nanaimo Blues Society and the blues community coming together to support the good work that the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes food bank does. The society will present a series of videos of local musicians with a request to make a visit to a donation link for the food bank. Once a month a new video will be put up on the NBS website. Watch the archive grow. The society usually collects food bank donations at its annual Summertime Blues festival, but with this year’s event cancelled due to COVID-19 the group had to find another way to pitch in. To checkout the lineup, enjoy the videos and/or make a donation go here.
(SIOUX FALLS, SD) - Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society is excited to announce a collaboration with Phil Baker Music For Kids: The Music Maker In Me! An online learning music series curated for children aged 3-7. The videos will feature original and brand-new music from Phil Baker. Each episode will focus on music and movement and cover a variety of topics such as call and response, rhythm, improvisation, and other music related concepts. There will be an accompanying guide and activity with every episode. Join them through November 13th and November 16-20th for a new episode every day of The Music Maker In Me. You can find all episodes archived on our Facebook and Youtube Channel. You can download the accompanying activity packet here. 
Video of the Week
RJ Mischo at the Blues City Deli "Must Have Been The Devil"
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 reader:
"My husband and I are missing live music and can’t wait to see a show! We are retired and willing to travel for festivals and shows."

Marsha Withers
Richmond, VA
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
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Chasing The Blues Podcast
Tom "The Suit" Forst Chasing The Blues with Kevin Burt
SEASON 2/EPISODE 31: International Blues Challenge winner Kevin Burt joins Tom The Suit Forst for Episode 31.
For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique, which consistently get him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. He has also shared the stage in one form or another with a who’s who in the music world.

Burt performs between 300-400 shows a year both solo and with his band, the Instigators. His awards include Best Entertainer in Iowa City (3x) Best Band in Iowa City (3x) Iowa Blues Challenge Champions, and the Solo/Duo Winner, Best Solo/Duo Guitarist, and Best Harmonica Player of the 2018 International Blues Challenge. 

A registered artist and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council since 1994, he was also recognized by the Governor of Iowa as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators. He has written and published a classroom harmonica method book called Just Play It: an Introduction to Blues Harmonica. His approach is simple — education through entertainment.
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 81 episodes in total, the podcast recently launched a YouTube television show with John Oates of Hall and Oates appearing in the debut episode. The next YouTube episode will feature Samantha Fish discussing the Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2021. 

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:
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); Nov 20 Duane Allman (1946-1971); Nov 21 Dr. John (1940-2019); Nov 22 Angela Strehli (1945); Nov 23 R.L. Burnside (1926-2005); Nov 24 Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012); Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953)
Missed your copy of the Weekly e-Guide?
Find back issues in Archives on our website.
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Nov 14, 2020
Joe Bonamassa
Shemekia Copeland 
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 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
Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Facebook, Universal
GRAMMY Museum®
Mississippi’s 2020 Gala
Thurs-Nov-12-2020 7PM CST
Cleveland, MS (Livestream)
River & Blues Festival
Fri-Nov-13 - Sat-14-2020
Fort Worth, Texas USA 
Blues at Bridgetown
Nov-13-2020 - Nov-15-2020
Bridgetown, Australia
Samantha Fish Cigar Box
Guitar Festival
Jan-13-2021 - Jan-16-2021
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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
Cleethorpes Blues,
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
Music Fest 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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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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