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Blues Festival Guide
Dec 17, 2020
Vol 15/Issue 51

Special Announcement
News Flash... 
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Video of the Week
Print & Digital Versions Available
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Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Special Announcement
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Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's a very festive photo of Blues Ambassador Teddy (Lloyd) Johnson of Teddy's Juke Joint in Zachary, Louisiana.
Established in 1979, Teddy's Juke Joint, a low-lit dancehall filled with memorabilia, serves food and features live music (plus Teddy spins tunes). The juke joint was once a little shotgun house were Teddy was born in 1946.
Photo courtesy: Teddy "Lloyd" Johnson
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The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Georgia Comes Alive Saturday Dec 26 
“Georgia Comes Alive” is a one-day virtual music festival to help get out the vote in the upcoming runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Coordinated by HeadCount, the event will feature 40 acts and be produced by the team behind Democracy Comes Alive, Quarantine Comes Alive, and Justice Comes Alive, which collectively raised close to $300,000 and garnered nearly 2 million views. GCA is also proud to partner with Participant, the producers of the new film John Lewis: Good Trouble.
“Georgia Comes Alive” will take place on Saturday, Dec 26 starting at 3PM ET and be hosted by SiriusXM’s Ari Fink. Donate any amount here to receive streaming links on the day of the show. Donations will benefit Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda and CivicGeorgia.
Americans turned out in record numbers to vote during the 2020 elections, largely thanks to the dedicated activism of grassroots organizations and the collective participation of historically underrepresented communities in battleground states like Georgia, where election officials are in the process of a presidential recount. The Georgia elections were so close that the state's two senatorial seats are being decided in a runoff election in January. While the Georgia runoffs will be decided by local voters, the results will have national implications, as the Senate majority hangs in the balance.
Facebook event
Gettin' In The Spirit with Lavay Smith And Chris Siebert...
SFJAZZ Center Premier Dec 17
By Andrew Gilbert
Mission Local
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Lavay Smith and Chris Siebert moved to the Mission 20 years ago, and they've been making the neighborhood jump and jive ever since.
A bluesy jazz singer (or jazzy blues singer, depending on the song), Smith and her piano-playing partner-in-groove Siebert were a nationally touring act with her Red Hot Skillet Lickers in the pre-pandemic era. But they've always worked hard to cultivate a scene close to home.
These days, the scene emanates from their living room, the stage for their weekly Friday night livestream "Lavay Smith's Swingin' Cocktail Hour." Usually organized around a loose theme – episode 25 last week featured songs from their third album, Miss Smith To You! – they present the duo show via their Facebook page.“
The way we've organized it, it's not just who are favorite players and composers are," Smith said. "It's more what are these songs about? It's not just a night of Duke Ellington. We've done songs about smoking dope and drinking. We did a night of country soul, with country songs covered by R&B and soul singers, and not just Ray Charles. Brook Benton and Louis Armstrong both recorded Hank Williams' 'Cold Cold Heart.'"
In their first concert outside their apartment since mid-March, Smith and Siebert livestream Thursday [Dec 17, 7-8pm PST] from the SFJAZZ Center, joined by Red Hot Skillet Lickers trumpeter Mike Olmos. On Sunday [Dec 20, 6-7pm PST], there's an encore presentation with the musicians live-chatting along with the rebroadcast, which will be available on demand through Dec. 31.

With dozens of SFJAZZ performances to their credit over the past three decades, Smith and Siebert are almost a house act for organization, but they've never done a show quite like this. The concert offers SFJAZZ a chance at a trial run with new technology that allows the duo to perform in the (empty) 700-seat Miner Auditorium while Olmos accompanies them from the intimate confines of the 100-seat Joe Henderson Lab. …Read full story about the duo and music history around the SF Mission area
A Journey of reflection, hope, resolution and joy
Just when we need him the most, Kerry is back with Tales From The Psychedelta on Highlander Records. This complete Kearney package of guitar, voice and emotion, shepherd’s listeners through the blues paces - eliciting reflection, hope, resolution and joy. Kerry’s latest Psychedelta exploration will melt your speakers and your heart, delivering you from the fog and confusion of our new normal.
Response to Tales From The Psychedelta
“A killer slide player that has all the moves right in his heart and soul delivers loads of blistering soul on this extravaganza.” - Chris Spector,
“For those who do not yet know Kerry Kearney or do not know what PSYCHEDELTA is, this is an exceptional and surprising opportunity.” - Eric Schuurmans,

“I’m digging this album 110%. The album takes me through the Blues with a couple of heartfelt Delta Blues styles including slide along with Kerry Kearney’s rippin’ Blues Rock energy” - Groovy Hoovy, DJ - Blues Music Fan Radio

Kerry Kearney, a slide guitar master, plays and works his instrument to limits that amaze even the most seasoned musician or cultured music fan. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom-made guitars are as unique as his songwriting and original melodies. Kerry was voted “Best Guitarist of 1999” by the Long Island Voice and “Bluesman of the Year 2004” by the Long Island Blues Society.
Special Holiday Concert Dec 23rd
The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is proud to present a live streaming concert Wednesday, December 23rd with The Blind Boys of Alabama from City Winery Atlanta 6pm PT, 8pm CT, 9pm ET.
For this special holiday show, the Blind Boys of Alabama will feature songs from their 2014 "Talkin’ Christmas!" album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," along with Blind Boys' gospel classics and other gems from their 70-plus-year career. Livestream tickets are $18 and can be found here. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Winthrop Music Association
“Satisfying to my soul:” Phoenix blues community's support overwhelms Rhythm Room owner
By Ed Masely/Arizona Republic
Photo: Jeff Fasano
Bob Corritore doesn't like asking for help.

It's just that the Rhythm Room hasn't been able to make any money since closing its doors on March 16 in response to the global pandemic.

With no relief in sight from Congress and the state demanding that he catch up on his past due sales tax, the club owner realized he was running out of options.

"I was just at a point where I felt my back was up against the wall," he said. "And I had to do something."

On Saturday, Dec. 12, he launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $15,000 to help the Rhythm Room catch up on all the unpaid bills that had been stacking up these past nine months. 

"I didn't see any other way out," he said. "And I thought $15,000 would probably get us enough to get by. It's a lot of money. But when you're running a club, it's not all that much, actually."

Within two days, that GoFundMe had already generated $30,000, leaving Corritore a bit overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
"I'm going, 'Oh my god! How does this happen?!,'" he said.

"I've been so isolated now for nine months that I've lost touch with the community. Normally, I'm at the club, presenting music and just being part of the community. So it's just incredibly gratifying that the show of support and love has been so great."

It makes him feel like that community he's worked so hard at building is behind what he's been trying to accomplish at the Rhythm Room for nearly 30 years now.

"It's just satisfying to my soul to see the comments and the people who have gone out of their way to make donations," he said. …Read full story
Virtual Winter Blues Camp Dec 28-30
(DAVENPORT, IA) - The River Music Experience has redesigned the Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp as a three-session virtual experience.

The three-day interactive workshop will include discussion of the blues and its masters, learning about blues structure and form, and the power of improvisation, a news release says.

The camp will be noon until 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-30. Registration is $30.

Each day will feature a guest question-and-answer session: Monday, Iowa blues Challenge winner Ric Burress; Tuesday, Iowa blues Hall of Famer Hal Reed; and Wednesday, Iowa Blues Challenge Winner Chris Avery.

To register, go to Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp Online Workshops Tickets, Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Eventbrite.
Participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting at their registration email.
The camp is designed mainly for 12-18-year-olds, but all ages – including adults – are welcome.
Wichita's KMUW 89.1 Crossroads Program's Best of 2020
By Chris Heim/KMUW 89.1 Wichita Crossroads
(WICHITA, KS) - It pretty much goes without saying that if Shemekia Copeland has an album out, it will be on Best of the Year lists, though credit too to Will Kimbrough who co-wrote most of the songs, played guitar, and produced her latest album. We also couldn’t stop playing the 2020 release from soul blues veteran Frank Bey.

There were lots of fine classic and Chicago blues releases in 2020, including sets from Alex Dixon (Willie’s grandson), John Primer & Bob Corritore, Kim Wilson, and, happily back again, Nora Jean Wallace (Brusco).

Another great soul singer, Sonny Green, got his first full album after a decades-long career, while Maceo Parker returned with his first new release, a set of fun and funky favorites, in eight years.

Local [KS] favorites Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations, and Mike Finnigan (with the Phantom Blues Band) did the town proud with their 2020 releases, while Quad Cities favorites, and 2020 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists, the Avey Grouws Band showed great promise with their debut release.

Among the acoustic blues offerings of the year were fine sets from Rory Block and Blind Lemon Pledge (who we would include if only for the name). Peter Parcek continues to prove he is among the most inventive of the blues guitarists on the scene today.

Speaking of inventive guitarists, Cindy Cashdollar – who has worked with Asleep at the Wheel, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball and scores more – released a star-studded set of her own, not strictly blues, but too good not to include.

The cigar box guitar and earth-shaking vocals of Gina Coleman made the Misty Blues Band release a stand out. Solid stuff too this year from veterans Robert Cray, Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray, and Lloyd Jones. And Savoy Brown, around now for 55 years (!) just keeps on keepin’ on – no surprises, but it’s hard not to like their trademark British blues rock sound.

Here are the Crossroads top 25 of 2020 in alphabetical order:
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Tony Frank Warne (T. Warner) was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. His professional musical career started at the age of 14, playing in local clubs around the gulf coast.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1999, T. Warner became a much sought-after television director while staying connected to his first love, “the blues.”

In the summer of 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, T. Warner, recorded the pandemic relief song, “Let Me Take You Out,” from his forthcoming album, T. Warner 2020 Style. T. Warner produced the soulful track on his label Klicktrack Records.

The song is digitally distributed on all platforms and is being shipped to radio stations around the world.

"Let Me Take You Out"
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:  
9pm EST: Toronzo Cannon - Throwback Thursdays
10pm EST: Monster Mike Welch - Throwback Thursdays

• FRIDAY 12/18
9pm EST: The Dirty Cello Blues Hour - From Johnson To Hendrix
10pm EST: Lisa Mann - Rock Away Those Christmas Blues

• SATURDAY 12/19
9pm EST: Southern Avenue - An Instrumenthead Presentation
10pm EST: Dawn Tyler Watson’s Birthday Bash
• SUNDAY, 12/20
9pm EST: The David Landon Band Live in The Studio
10pm EST: Nick Moss- Freddie King Tribute Blues Spectacular
Video of the Week
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - "Christmas"
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 or performed any live shows since the pandemic and where?
- If so, how was the vibe (i.e. joyous, awkward, attendance, etc.)
- If not, when will you feel comfortable attending?
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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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, visit our website and find our digital version in the upper lefthand corner.
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
Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield
In last Thursday's Dec 10th e-Guide we were excited to share the news of Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield releasing his new single on Delmark. Unbelievably, suddenly and very sadly, Joseph collapsed at home and passed way on that very day. Joseph was only 56 and the youngest son of Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield). We extend our deepest condolences to his family, which includes his wife Deborah of only 3 months. There was a public viewing Wed Dec 16 in Illinois. Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately on Thursday December 17, however, the services will be live streamed at 10 A.M. on Joseph’s website. A musical celebration is planned and will be announced soon. Here is a link to a loving Obituary booklet for Joseph.
December Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 17 James Booker (1939-1983), Paul Butterfield (1942-1987); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914-1985), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917-1988), Lonnie Brooks (1933-2017), Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson (1911-1977), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918-1980); Dec 20 Walter "Wolfman" Washington (1943), Mitch Kashmar (1960), Tom Hambridge; Dec 21Peetie Wheatstraw (1902-1941), Carla Thomas (1942); Dec 22 Lil Green (1919-1954), Liz Mandeville; Dec 23 Little Esther Phillips (1935-1984); Dec 24 Lee Dorsey (1924-1986); Dec 25 Joe Louis Walker (1949); Dec 27 Tracy Nelson (1944); Dec 28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples (1914-2000), Johnny Otis (1921-2012); Dec 29 Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929-2018), Terry Hanck; Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928-2008); Dec 31 Odetta (1930-2008)
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Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Dec 19, 2020

Joe Bonamassa
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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 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!
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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
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Please click through the festival links on our site for most current updates
Can't Stop The Blues
Thurs-Sun 9PM EST
Facebook, Universal
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
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
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 Chelsea Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival
Fulham, London, UK
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Mar-19-2021 - Mar-21-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Baton Rouge Blues Festival
Apr-16-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Temecula Blues Festival
Temecula, California, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Music Fest 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
May-14-2021 - May-16-2021
Holly Springs, 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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