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Blues Festival Guide
Jan 21, 2021
Vol 16/Issue 4

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News Flash... 
Blues Society News
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Intros and Outros
Print & Digital Versions Available
Billboard Blues Album This week
We've Got You Covered with Live Streams & Online Concerts
Please stay safe and optimistic!
Show us your BFG
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
Video of the Week
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
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Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
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Here's music friends Will Serrato and Teresa Marley-Maltese checking out their BFG magazine after a socially distanced, outdoor patio show at WildWood Crossing in Vista, California in Nov 2020.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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Thoughts about venues opening... share yours!
Hey Blues Fans!! Some blues music venues are opening up around the country. Albeit, opening then closing. What are your thoughts and/or experiences?
Here's a note from a music lover:
"I attended a socially distanced Warren Haynes Show on a Farm in Morris CT back in late fall. It was fantastic, safe and great to see “Live” music! We bought an 8x8 square on the lawn for 2 people and were allowed 2 chairs.
I think if people can go to church for religious beliefs then I should be able to listen to the Blues for the same reason. It soothes my soul! If properly distanced, outdoor venues should be able to happen safely. We MUST work hard to KEEP THE BLUES ALIVE in order to keep our sanity. Thanks for your part in making that happen!"
Avid Blues Fan,
David Feldman
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 this blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
News Flash... 
The Allman Family Revival – A Sonic Celebration of Gregg Allman’s Life and Legacy 
(NASHVILLE, TN) - Historic Ryman Auditorium is excited to host the Allman Family Revival with a worldwide livestream concert February 13, 2021 to celebrate the birthday of the iconic musician, songwriter and founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman.

The concert features Allman’s son Devon as the host and a roster of celebrated acts featuring the Allman Betts Band with Duane Betts and special guests Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Shannon McNally, Alex Orbison, Lamar Williams, Lilly Hiatt, Patrick Sweany and more to be announced.

Thanks to a reputation for four-hour epic jam sessions, Allman Family Revival shows have quickly become a highly anticipated annual concert event. The show will include new cuts off the Allman Betts Band’s 2020 release, Bless Your Heart, songs from their 2019 debut album, Down to the River, and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman songs as well as other fan favorites. This concert on watch.Mandolin will air 6pm PST, 8pm CST, and 9pm EST. Livestream tickets are $15 and can be found here.
The Tendrils of Australian Blues Roots
In honor of Australia Day Jan 26, I decided to pull together some fun facts about their blues roots.
“Australia has a long history with blues music… it’s important to cast an eye back across our history in the genre to see how deeply its tendrils have snaked through our musical landscape throughout the years,” wrote Brandon John for Tone Deaf.
“People have been singing the blues in Australia for a long time and we've produced some great acts. Dutch Tilders, Margaret Roadnight, Chain, Dave Hole, Collard Greens and Gravy, Fiona Boyes, Ash Grunwald and the Foreday Riders are just a few that spring to mind,” writes ABC Radio National. We'll add Paul Marks, Carson, Fitz Hat & Cara and The Teskey Brothers to that list.
“Pioneers include Molly Byron who started at the Tivoli as a teenager and in the early '30s. She was touring the country billed as 'Australia's Premiere Blues Singer' and performing numbers like “Roll On Mississippi Roll On” and “River Stay Away From My Door.” A 1945 newspaper profile described her as the first singer of 'hot and sweet numbers and blues to be done in Australia.' In that same article she describes herself as a 'scat and blues' singer who prefers 'negro spirituals that suit the low deep tones of her voice.’” In the '40s and '50s there was Georgia Lee. “Her 1962 LP Sings The Blues Down Under is probably the first Australian blues LP and has haunting tunes with very Australian themes like the title track, where she sings of wailing dingoes and crying crows. In the same period Les Welch cut many blues discs. The story goes that he sounded so authentic that American singer Helen Humes gave him the nickname 'Spade.'”
Then in the late 50s early 60s “…there’s the booming blues voice of Paul Marks,” continues Radio National. ...Find the full story and Aussie blues artists
Lighting up the blues with Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers'
I'm All Burn
Cathy Grier returns with a bunch of Troublemakers and a new album, I'm All Burn. The title track from Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers' new album, kicks off a 16-song sonic watercolor painted across almost every facet of the Blues landscape. Her innate sense of casual precision, borne from just over four decades as a working musician, places each carefully crafted song in just the right spot to maintain a groove that achieves the remarkable feat of being simultaneously easygoing and intense. It may seem effortless, but everything on the album is fine-tuned. "I'm old school as far as producing," she comments, "very hands on and involved."

I'm All Burn is her 14th album; it fits perfectly in with her musical canon, but also serves as a perfect introduction for those new to her world. Tapping into the deep well of musical talent in her new-ish home state of Wisconsin (she moved from NYC to Sturgeon Bay in 2016), she's assembled an all-star cast of Troublemakers to bring these songs to technicolor fruition. "Pretty much anyone who plays with me is a Troublemaker," she laughs, "but the people on this record are some of the most amazing musicians I've ever had the good fortune to work with."

Her songwriting prowess and production skills are on full display as the record subtly shifts across a range of moods and styles from sultry to funky, from the Bayou to Chicago (with a Memphis detour), and her gritty, soulful vocals bring the most out of every lyric. Call her a lightning rod, call her a magnet, but the Blues are unmistakably attracted to Cathy Grier.
Can't Stop The Blues (CSTB)
This Week on Can't Stop The Blues
Can’t Stop the Blues is a not-for-profit, volunteer run virtual platform for the blues, founded in mid-March of 2020 as a response to the Covid pandemic.
We are here to bring money to the bands and music to the fans. 100% of all tips go directly to the artists’ own accounts. Thus far we have helped over 200 artists. Please enjoy and donate if you can.
Coming up this week only on Can’t Stop the Blues:
• THURSDAY, 1/21:
9pm EST: Jon Shain & Fj Ventre - Gettin' Handy With The Blues - A Tribute to W.C. Handy
10pm EST: The Nighthawks- 49 Years & Counting
• FRIDAY, 1/22:
9pm EST: Virtual Cafe Harmonica Showcase - 2 Hour Blowout
• SATURDAY, 1/23:
9pm EST: Nancy Wright - A Club Fox Presentation
10pm EST: Sue Foley Live at Utah Blues Festival
• SUNDAY, 1/24:
9pm EST: Ida Mae - A Winthrop R&B Presentation
10pm EST: Pinetop Perkins Masterclass - Virtual Collaboration Showcase
Follow this link for the shows at Can’t Stop the Blues and Youtube
Look in our news section this week about the Pinetop Perkins Masterclass Showcase coming Jan 24th!
Blues Society News
St. Louis Blues Society and the Mission Fund relief
The St. Louis Blues Society and it's Mission Fund is helping with food, grant support, and someone to talk to at a time when many might have the Blues. The St. Louis Blues Society is a local not-for-profit that has been around for 35 years. “Its main goal is to support the blues musicians and cultural heritage and support the musicians who play here,” said Chairman of Board St. Louis Blues Society Jeremy Segel-Moss. The pandemic has affected Blues players and singers and the society has stepped up with some noteworthy assistance. Now there are new relief grants of $250 available to help with utilities, rent, or medical bills.

Through the sale of limited edition Cbabi Bayoc prints along with the Gateway Resilience Fund and the National Blues Museum, more than $100,000 have been given to Blues musicians. Alonzo Townsend, Coordinator St. Louis Blues Society Mission Fund was proud that the first painting in house for the fundraiser was of his dad Henry Townsend, the legendary patriarch of St. Louis blues and Grammy winner and himself a former St. Louis Blues Society Board member. The 2nd print is available here as well as merchandise with all proceeds going to help St. Lois area musicians in need.
Video of the Week
Janiva Magness "Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Eric Hughes exemplifies Beale Street today: steeped in blues but representing so much more; he has played over 4,000 shows on that famed avenue. Hughes sees his role of Beale Street mainstay as a profound honor and sacred responsibility. Eric is a musician, storyteller, historian, tour guide and a rock-solid songwriter. Through Postcard From Beale Street he lets you hear what Memphis sounds like today, and what it sounded like yesterday.

Eric’s songs here range in style from soul, indie, jug-band, ballad, rock, and - of course – blues. Eric and his band of skilled musicians (who toured and recorded with music legends such as Albert and BB King, Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Jeff Beck, Buddy Miles and many more) are augmented by solid Memphis session players (with musical resumes that rival anyone). Postcard From Beale Street represents the diverse influences that make Memphis music more than a thing of the past. Like Memphis, Eric’s music can’t be “pigeon-holed”; he’s not merely a blues artist. This is a songwriting album: ear candy from some fine musicians. Each of these songs tell a story through lyrical imagery and crafty songwriting. All of these songs are about something, not just words to accompany music.
Postcard From Beale Street is a homegrown production from start to finish, every song was written, played, and recorded in Memphis by Memphis musicians – produced, mixed, mastered and manufactured in Memphis. TN.
"Ain't Whipped Yet"
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
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Intros and Outros
Thoughts, Holidays & Birthdays
Jan 26 Australia Day
"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Jan 21-Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009), Richie Havens (1941-2013), B'nois King (1943), Wolfman Jack (1938-1995 DJ extraordinaire), Zora Young (1948); Jan 22-Hammie Nixon (1908-1984), Sam Cooke (1935-1964), “Blind” Willie Johnson (1897-1945), Teeny Tucker (1958); Jan 24-Aaron Neville (1941), Johnny B. Moore (1950), John Belushi (1949-1982), Beth Hart (1972), John Henry "Guitar Shorty"[1] Fortescue (1923-1976); Jan 25-Sleepy John Estes (1899-1977), Etta James (1938-2012); Jan 26-Huey "Piano" Smith (1934); Jan 27-Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (1914-1960), Elmore James (1918-1963), Bobby "Blue" Bland (1930-2013); Jan 28-Drink Small (1933); Jan 29-Eddie Taylor (1923-1985), Jonny Lang (1981); Jan 30-Janiva Magness (1957); Jan 31-Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983), Chuck Willis (1928-1958), Paul deLay (1952-2007), Charlie Musselwhite (1944), Big Time Sarah (1953-2015); Alan Lomax (1915-2002 musicologist, writer, producer)
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Jan 24th is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
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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 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Billboard Blues Album This week
Billboard's Top 2 Blues Albums - Week of Jan 23, 2021
Joe Bonamassa 
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
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
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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
 Clarksdale Film & Music Festival
Jan-29-2021 - Jan-31-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Maple Blues Awards Feb Mondays
Feb-1-2021 - Feb-22-2021 
Facebook, Universal
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
For festival-event links
please go to our website
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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