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Blues Festival Guide
April 8, 2021
Vol 16/Issue 15

May 27
ends April 15
Show us your BFG
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Chasing The Blues Podcast is Back!
What's Happening Out There?
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Radio Submit Roots Blues Airplay Chart (click chart for more) 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
News Flash... 
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the Week
Intros & 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!
Now's your chance! Get Listed in the 2021 Blues Festival Guide Annual Magazine
"The Blues Festival Guide is the road map to everything blues!” – Bobby Rush
Get your band, record label, festival, event or blues related business listed in the 2021 Blues Festival Guide magazine. Enjoy festival information (both physical and virtual), blues history and lifestyle, industry highlights and editorial content to keep you connected to the blues. Include our annual Blues Festival Guide print magazine in your marketing budget. Find Media Kit here with details.

This award-winning publication is free to the Blues community (distributed throughout U.S and Canada), and features entertaining and educational editorial by top Blues aficionados. Thousands of Blues fans will also read in digital format.
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 18th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's multi-award winning, San Diego, California-based piano player, the "Queen of Boogie-Woogie" Sue Palmer checking out her BFG. Sue has toured the globe performing and was the music director and performer in the late Candye Kane's band (where she was sometimes known as "Sue "Beehive" Palmer for her giant hairdos)! 
Sue fronts her very popular band, The Motel Swing Orchestra and currently hosts a podcast called The Motel Swing Happy Hour. She's won numerous San Diego Music Awards for her bands and albums and also won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge Best Self Produced Album for Sophisticated Ladies. Sue even had a day named after her by the city.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
Want your picture here with the Guide.... bring it on!
*SEND US YOUR PIC WITH THE BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE MAGAZINE! Are you are a BFG client? Reach out to your sales person so they can send you one!
Anyone can also 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 photo, caption (120 words or less), URL if applicable, and photo credit to e-Guide editor!
The Blues Foundation is the official sponsor of our 2020 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
Independent Artists, Producers and Venues Streaming with HowLive.TV
HowLive, leading live event streaming platform, has announced “Producer,” a new product that enables artists, producers and venues to stream using the HowLive built in features to sell tickets, bundles, merch, accept donations, sponsor placement and open up new revenue channels.   

Artists and venues are now the center of the virtual music experience and have full control with the HowLive platform. Deliver with confidence a front row seat with amazing 1080 video, hi fidelity and scalability to millions of viewers globally.    

“Artists and venues use their existing camera gear or a variety of all-in-one solutions from HowLive” said, Gino Padua, CEO. “Rich features, our flexible pricing model, and production support keeps the process simple, removes risks and lowers costs compared to other approaches.”  

As venues begin opening with limited capacity, HowLive streaming solutions can be implemented quickly to generate incremental revenue and remove geographic boundaries for live performance events.

HowLive has streamed 500+ live events across all musical genres and now is serving up live Blues weekly at HowLive.TV.  Check out live events from artists such as Fantastic Negrito, Alvon Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Terrie Odabi and many more.

Head on over to to check out upcoming events.
To learn more about how to live stream your next event contact Howlive.
Florida's Blues on Reid Saturday, April 10
(PORT ST. JOE, FL) - The 2021 Blues on Reid is happening this Saturday, April 10, 2021 from noon-7pm on Reid Avenue in downtown Port St. Joe, Florida. This free community event is brought to you by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce. 
Headlining from 5:30-7pm is power trio the Frank Jones Band who explore the boundaries between blues, rock, jazz, and soul with a dynamic mash of hard-hitting grooves, blistering guitar riffs and soulful melodies. The group features southern soul vocalist and guitarist Frank Jones who's influences range from Albert Collins, B.B. King, Albert King, The Funky Meters, Clarence Carter and Ray Charles all the way to Sly and the Family Stone, The Beatles, Edgar Winter and more.

Garnet and Soul are an eclectic 5-piece band of funk-craving soul monsters who have come together to make the world a better, funkier, place. 

Alabama harmonica player John Bull takes his blues all over the southeast but is most at home in the real-deal Juke joints of Alabama and Mississippi.

Brett Waters and The Pool Boys are a powerhouse group with the common love of soul, blues, honkytonk, and funk. Their musical influences include Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, as well as honky-tonk country tunes.

Kelly Hundley and the Healers will be opening the 2021 Blues on Reid at 1pm with their brand of hot-rockin' Blues fronted by singer/guitarist Kelly Hundley. Their influences include Eric Clapton, Albert King, B.B. King and Robert Johnson.
Thurs April 8th LRBC "Driftin' & Driftin'" Happy Hour Episode 18 with Kenny Neal & Rev. Billy C. Wirtz Live 
Join us for Driftin' & Driftin' Episode #18 with Kenny Neal and Rev. Billy C. Wirtz! Thursday, April 8, 2021, 3pm (PDT), 5pm (CDT), 6pm (EDT) on Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (LRBC) Facebook Live and the LRBC Youtube channel.
One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region’s venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions. Neal was born on October 14, 1957 in New Orleans. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo (the latter gave three-year-old Kenny his first harmonica). At age 13, Neal was playing in his father’s band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy.
Manor House of Blues April 16th in Ohio
(MASON, OH) - Five incredibly talented acts will be performing at the Manor House of Blues concert April 16, 6:30-11:30pm at the Manor House (7440 S. Mason Montgomery Rd.) in Mason, Ohio. Acts include Sister Lucille, Jay Jesse Johnson Band, Erin Coburn, Micah Ian Kesselring and Willie Phoenix & the Soul Underground. The Manor Ballroom has seating for 450+ patrons, free parking, full bars and food concessions. Socially distanced seating will be in place, hand sanitizing stations will be setup and masks will be available at the door.

The Sister Lucille Band is a four-piece Blues and Roots band hailing from Southwest Missouri with 20 years of on-stage experience. Jay Jesse Johnson is an international touring blues-rock guitarist with more than 40 years in the music industry and has recorded on 25 albums, including 6 solo albums. Ohio native Micah Ian Kesselring is a 27-year-old award winning, international touring acoustic blues artist and 2020 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Finalist. Kentucky based Erin Coburn and her band make music that is primarily rock and heavily influenced by artists like The Black Keys, and Cage the Elephant. Whether he’s playing haunting blues, straight forward rock, garage band noise or psychedelic fusion – Willie Phoenix delivers. Born in Alabama and raised in Ohio, Willie’s career has spanned decades.

Tickets can be purchased through the links below. $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. Tickets are limited so don’t hesitate and miss out on a great show. If you want to pay with PayPal use this link.

The newly built Courtyard by Marriott less than a mile from Manor House has a special group rate (33% off) for any guests wanting to stay the night in Mason. Reserve a room online or call 513-770-0071 and mention Manor House of Blues
Consider a donation to help prep unreleased recordings of many Blues giants
Happy Arizona Gives Day! Please consider a donation to Southwest Musical Arts Foundation. These are very tough times and we realize that many of you will not have the resources to donate. But if you do have the means, every bit of your donation will go towards preparation of the next batch of Vaults recordings. We have master tapes from over 100 sessions recorded over three decades that we feel need to be released. Many of the artists that we documented are no longer with us.

We have been transferring numerous sessions from various formats (tape and hard drive) to ProTools format. We will be releasing batches of 3 or 4 albums annually if we can afford to do this. We are looking at unreleased material by Louisiana Red, Pinetop Perkins, Luther Tucker, Smokey Wilson, Robert Lockwood, Eddie Kirkland, Big Jack Johnson, Robert Bilbo Walker, Honeyboy Edwards, Carol Fran, Sam Lay, Magic Slim and much more! But all of this involves attention to detail as well as the huge expense of studio time.

Each $100 donation brings us about an hour and a half of studio time so you can imagine how that adds up. If you do have the means a desire for a donation, please either send by PayPal or mail to Southwest Musical Arts P.O. Box 3310 Scottsdale, AZ 85271. Please make the check out to Southwest Musical Arts Foundation.

Thank you to everyone for all the support! Look for many more future volumes from the Vaults Series!
CD, Single & DVD Releases 
Many an artist dreams of making a pilgrimage to the source of their inspiration and to commune with the muse. Idaho born John Németh made that trek moving to Memphis from the West coast in 2013, entrenching himself in the city’s rich and historic musical scene. The 2-time Blues Music Award (BMA) winner and multi-BMA nominee soon fell in with producer Scott Bomar, who leads the Memphis soul band, The Bo-Keys, and is the owner and operator of the acclaimed Electrophonic Recording Studios, to create the album of soul classic Memphis Grease in 2014.
Németh return to Electrophonic in December of 2019 with his seasoned road band of young gun players, The Blue Dreamers, featuring 19-year-old guitar phenom from Philadelphia, John Hay, drummer Danny Banks, and Matt Wilson on bass for a rough and rowdy, Southern swamp roots session resulting in his 10th album, 2021 BMA nominated Stronger Than Strong. The dozen tracks feature soaring soul-blues tenor and hot blues harp playing that has garnered Németh a loyal fan base and international attention for over 20 years. Bomar capitalized on the chemistry of Németh’s small combo, capturing the intimate, live off the floor, definitely retro sound. 
"Come And Take It"
The McKee Brothers :: A TIME LIKE THIS
A Time Like This, the 3rd release from The McKee Brothers, once again features fine L.A. and Michigan musicians and spotlights Denis McKee’s ongoing collaboration with prolific songwriter and amazing pianist Bobby West, this time creating 16 lyrically interesting and seriously funky originals. It is produced by multi-instrumentalist Denis McKee, who is also featured on lead vocals, backed by supremely soulful vocalist Maxayn Lewis (Ike & Tina Turner, Maxayn). The rhythm section includes A-list L.A. musicians Bobby Watson (Rufus Thomas, Billy Preston, Michael Jackson) on bass, with drummers Steve Stephens (Patti Austin, Glen Hughes) and Vincent Fosset Jr. (Kirk Fletcher, Janiva Magness). The songs feature great horn arrangements by Lee Thornburg (Supertramp, Etta James, TOP, Joe Bonamassa), with Lee on brass and Positone recording artist Doug Webb (Stanley Clark, Freddie Hubbard, Rod Stewart) on reeds. Veteran bluesmen Larry McCray and Joey Delgado add inspired guitar to several tracks, with Denis contributing dynamic guitar solos on "Realize," "The Rain," and "A Scene From Sunday."

Like on the critically acclaimed Enjoy It While You Can (2016) and Moon Over Montgomery (2017) albums, the McKee Brothers continue to explore a sophisticated blend of horn-driven blues, soul, gospel, and rock.

Bandleader, producer, guitarist Denis McKee (King Floyd, Linda Hopkins, Barbara Morrison, HB Barnum) moved to L.A. from Lansing in 1988 to attend the acclaimed Dick Grove School of Music, graduating from the Guitar Program. He has recently fronted McKee Brothers gigs at clubs in LA, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, and at larger venues including the Michigan Theater in Jackson and the Long Beach Bayou Festival.
"Whistleblower Blues"
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!
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Chasing The Blues Podcast is Back!
Tom the Suit Forst is Chasing The Blues!
We're back for our 3rd season! We've produced over 100+ shows to date with more to come! Look for upcoming show announcements and special giveaways! This will be an amazing year for festivals and we will be talking to many of the top acts as well as with the people behind the scenes who bring you the music.

Join the over 10,000 fans who get the inside story and the behind-the-scenes information that make the Blues come alive.
Go to the Chasing The Blues Podcast website, Spotify or Apple.
Hosted by Tom the suit Forst and sponsored by The Blues Festival Guide.
Tom the suit Forst is a Connecticut and New York Blues Hall Of Fame recording artist and podcaster.
Video of the Week
Southern Avenue "Saviour" 
What's Happening Out There?
Thoughts about venues opening or not... 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?
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. Send me a pic of this blues music experience if you like, too.
Wishing you all good health and peace,
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 8 “Little Ed” Williams (1955); April 9 Mance Lipscomb (1895–1976); April 10 John Brim (1922–2003) Rosco Gordon (April 10, 1928 – July 11, 2002) ), Shemekia Copeland (1979); April 11 Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (1939); April 12 "Hound Dog" Taylor (1915-1975); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (pictured here 1979-2008); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005), Alexis Korner (1928–1984); April 21-Clara Ward (1924-1973); April 22-George "Harmonica" Smith (1924-1983), Bullmoose Jackson (1919-1989); April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955)
Just in Case: April 9 is "National Name Yourself Day"... a day to celebrate reinvention by trying on a new name for size. Studies show there’s a link between someone’s name and their personalities. Maybe pick a bluesy nickname for yourself if you're feeling it. Or you can Google "What's Your Blues Name" and use your initials and end up with something like ... Jailhouse Bones Parker... hummm. Better than one your big sister gave you when you were a kid like Shelly The Belly Full of Jelly for instance. Nah, pick your own cool name and work it! . 
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Blues Festival Guide Magazine Print & Digital Editions
(ARCATA, CA) — As well as our weekly Blues Festival e-Guide weekly newsletter, RBA Publishing offers the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine in both print and digital formats.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: The Roadmap to Everything Blues. Indeed, our annual offers something for everyone, all blues related, of course, and our engaging editorial comes from aficionados in the blues community.
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 left-hand corner. You can also order back issues if we have in stock.
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 April 10, 2021
Alafia Moon
Royal Tea
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 
Our platforms are a portal for live stream and 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 our social media platforms (Facebook with 195,000 followers, and Instagram @bluesfestguide with 8,900+ followers). This service is provided for free to the artist as well as the viewer.
Even though most music festivals and clubs are still on lockdown across the globe, there is new music and live concerts via live stream, both 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 current updates
Dose of Blues
Weds- April-14 & April 21-2021
Howlive, USA
Blues on Reid
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA
 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-15-2021 - Apr-18-2021
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Manor House of Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ
& Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
15th Clarksdale Caravan
Music Fest 
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Lincoln Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
  Leeds Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Whitby Rhythm
Blues Festival
Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK
Mifflinburg Spring Flight
& Blues Party
May-22-2021, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, USA
 Southport Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Southport, United Kingdom
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 3rd Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Black Hills Blues Stomp and Swamp Romp
Jun-04-2021 - Jun-06-2021,
Sturgis, South Dakota, USA
42nd Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee USA
31st Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-11-2021 - Jun-13-2021, Hughesville, Pennsylvania, USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-11-2021 - Jun-12-2021
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Sierre Blues Festival
Sierre, Switzerland
Bentonia Blues Fest
Jun-14-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Bentonia, Mississippi, USA
Alpine Country Blues Festival
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Alpine, Arizona, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Blues On The Fox
Jun-18-2021 - Jun-19-2021
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Franklin Blues and
Barbecue Festival
Jun-19-2021 - Jun-20-2021
Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA
Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
20th Greenwood Blues Cruise 
Jul-08-2021 - Jul-10-2021, Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-08-2021 - Jul-10-2021
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA
Please stay safe and optimistic!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
About Us 

RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide 
P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
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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