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|Yay! We're excited to get back to the live music scene, and we know you feel the same. Plus... the 19th Blues Festival Guide is here!! |
We're so thrilled to have the amazingly talented Kevin Burt gracing our 19th annual cover featuring the amazing photography of Marilyn Stringer!
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The magazine is now digital as well on our website.
Along with our festival, artist and blues related features, here’s some of the cool editorial featured in our 19th annual!
Keeping the Blues Alive During a Pandemic By Irene Johnson
What’s Cookin’ with Larry Garner
The Lore of the Train By Michele Lundeen
Blues Against Hunger Society ...feeding thousands in the last decade while supporting, promoting and preserving the blues
Living Legend: Miss Lavelle White By Pam Cosel
The Blues Foundation Welcomes New Leadership... an interview with the new CEO and President
Ladies Sing & Play the Blues By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Thanks for digging and supporting the blues!
|Photo Moments with the New 19th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Longtime friends and BFG staff members, Cheryl O'Grady-Yearnshaw (Sales Director), and San Diego County-based Michele Lundeen (your e-Guide Editor), met up for lunch this week at Red's in Carson City, NV where Cheryl lives. It was their first time seeing each other in nearly a year! They also celebrated by posing with the brand new, 19th annual magazine.|
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|CD, Single & DVD Releases |
|Debbie Bonds :: BLUES WITHOUT BORDERS|
"High Rider Blues"|
“Sixth in the series of Debbie’s contemporary run of recordings, Blues Without Borders stretches her reach in her field of genres: traditional blues, blues-rock, Southern soul and now world music. Writing from the heart’s experience and expectations, her original songs are never dry words set in sound.
Stepping in now are new outlooks caused by world and local situations strained through the universal sieve of the pandemic. Pleas for trust and faith in each other run alongside declarations like “Let Me Be” and “Blue Rain.” “Winds of Change” and “Shades of Blue” wear the Muscle Shoals style like an old tattoo. Surely Willie King smiles each time a new listener plugs into “Let Freedom Ring” – a true anthem in the ‘70s style that could be played on a solo piano or thronged with a full orchestra and chorus. Rick Asherson’s electric piano reminds us of Leon Russell driving Joe Cocker’s band during those big concert days.
Then there is that lived-in amenity of guest saxophonist Ray Carless on “Blues Without Borders” and “Heart of the Matter.” A Jamaican long residing in London’s jazz scene, Carless’ phrasing and placements set these songs like conversations around a table.
Some albums are once-and-done. Blues Without Borders will seduce the ears of those who find comfort in repeated listening. It is one of those albums that opens windows to let the curtains dance.”
- Dave Gallaher “Talkin’ the Blues with Microwave Dave” Radio Show
|Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 30-31 on St. Feriole Island|
(PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI) - The Prairie Dog Blues Festival is one of the most laid-back blues festivals out there! It is held every year on Wisconsin’s historic St. Feriole Island in a beautiful city park, right on the Mississippi River and nestled between jagged cliffs and green hills untouched by the Ice Age! Once you get that cold drink in your hand, great tunes in your ear and good, friendly people all around, you'll realize you're at one of the most beautiful venues anywhere and will soon be calling yourself a Prairie Dogger! |
This year's festival is July 30-31 and features: Ally Venable Band, Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys Featuring Westside Andy, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, John Németh, Hooten Hallers, Avey Grouws Band, Roscoe Foster and The Rascal Theory, Bell Bros. Blues Revival (Lurrie and Steve Bell), Amanda Fish, Tony Holiday, Altered Five Blues Band, and Vella. Plus, there is onsite camping or hotels nearby with shuttles running back and forth.
You can camp right on site with your friends and meet new friends! Typical walk from your site to the gate of the festival is 200-300 yards. Food and drink as well as campfires, singing, playing music and telling stories is strongly encouraged. The festival is a 1-block walk off The Island and you are downtown surrounded by family-owned pubs, restaurants and small retail stores. Most of the downtown pubs this year will have bands as well. If staying in a motel is more your style, blues fest shuttles will get you to the fest in a 5-minute drive or less!
Tickets and camping are available online after May 1 at the website. Information on accommodations can be found here or by calling 800-732-1673. Like our Facebook page and watch to win free tickets to the Fest!
|3rd Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest Aug 14|
|(URBANA, IL) - Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is proud to present our 3rd Annual Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest. It will be held Saturday August 14 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 N Coler Ave. Urbana, IL. Gates open at 1pm. There are two stages featuring nearly continuous Blues.|
Featured acts on the Main Stage include Johnny Rawls, Ivy Ford, Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss, William Marsala and Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Performing on the Solo/Duo Stage is Gerry Hundt's Legendary One Man Band and Jesse Cotton Stone.
Bring your lawn chairs, our Fest is held in a large grassy area. There will be food trucks on site and beverages will be available for purchase. No outside coolers please.
For all the info visit our website. For questions email here.
|Endless Blues Records Releases three new albums|
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Memphis Based Endless Blues Records recently released Keep Moving On, a soul blues album by Mississippi Electric Bluesman Dexter Allen and Between Midnight and Louise, an acoustic blues album featuring some great guitar work by Mississippian Chris Gill. These two albums have already received significant radio play and very positive critical reviews. These two albums have consistently hit the top of the charts for blues artists from Mississippi – where it all began!|
These albums will soon be followed by Mick Kolassa’s latest, Wasted Youth, an album featuring his “Free Range Blues” stylings, produced by Mick and Jeff Jensen who were joined by Bill Ruffino on bass, Rick Steff on keys, Doug McMinn and James Cunningham on Drums, Eric Hughes on harp, Marc Franklin on trumpet, Kirk Smothers on Sax, and Tullie Brae on background vocals. Guest appearances included by Brad Webb, David Julia and Albert Castiglia on guitar, and Victor Wainwright on piano.
As with all of Mick’s albums, the profits from this release will all be donated to the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund and Generation Blues programs – read about them at the Blues Foundation website.
Contact Mick Kolassa via Facebook, website, or email.
|A New Beginning for Television and the Markey Blue Ric Latina Project|
|The Markey Blue Ric Latina Project has had an amazing run when it comes to getting songs placed in both film and national television shows. Almost every one of their releases has had a song either picked up or has had national placement. |
With the upcoming new album in the works, and a release date of Feb 1st 2022, The Markey Blue Ric Latina Project is happy to announce that already two songs off the new album have been picked up for film and television placement, and possibly more to come.
"The shutdown had really taken a toll on us and musicians everywhere,” says Markey Blue. “Our world came to a screeching halt, and music felt like it was the furthest thing away. But because of our wonderful blues family helping us with our Go Fund Me we've been able to get back into the studio and get songs done enough to start pitching. We can't thank y'all enough!"
CD GoFundMe Link
Galaxie Agency Website
|- Chippewa Valley Blues Society's Tuesday Night Blues|
- Phoenix Blues Society Fundraiser Band Showcase Sept 5th
|(EAU CLAIRE, WI) - Chippewa Valley Blues Society's annual Tuesday Night Blues event is free and runs each Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Owen Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin through Labor Day. These events are held in a family-friendly environment. There will be food and vendors on hand and we ask that you be considerate toward others as we learn our "new normal" in the world of entertainment, post COVID.|
OWEN PARK SHOWS: July 13 Mark Cameron Band, July 20 Howard ‘Guitar’ Luedtke & Blue Max, July 27 Brian Naughton, August 3 Sue Orfield Band, August 10 Mojo Lemon, August 17 Tommy Bentz Band, August 24 Dee Miller Band featuring Craig Clark, August 31 Joyann Parker.
(PHOENIX, AZ) - The Phoenix Blues Society is presenting a fundraiser and band showcase Sept 5th at the Rhythm Room (1019 E. Indian School Road) in Phoenix, Arizona. All funds go directly to the Blues Society! Appearing will be Big Daddy D & The Dynamites, Mike Eldred Trio, Cros Cadillac Assembly Line, Innocent Joe & The Hostile Witnesses, and Smokestack Lightning.
Doors open 11:30am and showtime is 12pm-5:45pm. $10 minimum donation. Seating is first come first serve General Admission.
|Ivy Ford "Harvesting My Roots"|
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
|Our Artists & Headliners Stay & Play, They Don’t Hit & Run!!|
Announcing #35 New Date Nov 6-13, 2021 + band updates!
NEW DATE! LRBC#35 Southern Caribbean: Nov 6~13, 2021
From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl To Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island) on Holland America’s Ms Nieuw Amsterdam. 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
Visit Reservations Or Call (816) 753-7979 To Reserve Your Cabin!
LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE
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- More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival… More Than You Can Imagine! -
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952), July 9-Jack White (1975); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947), Casey Bill Weldon (1909-1970), Barrelhouse Chuck (1958-2016), Blind Boy Fuller (1907-1941), Charlie Baty (1953-2020); July 11-Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); July 14-Claude & Clifford Trenier (1919); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999); July 18 Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (1929–2000), Martha Reeves (1941), Lonnie Mack (1941-2016)
Just in case:
July 12th is "National Pecan Pie Day!" 90% of Americans surveyed believe eating a slice of pie is one of life’s simple pleasures. Though many southern states have pecans, and are famous for their pecan pies, Texas is the only state with pecan pie as its official state dessert!
I had some pecan pie in a famous New Orleans diner once. A local recommended it be heated up... I didn't realize they would be slapping it on the grill in butter! Whoa! And it was divine!
Where have you had your fave pecan pie?
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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
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-09-2021 - Aug-05-2021
Vallemaggia / Ticino, Switzerland
Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-09-2021 - Jul-10-2021
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
Canton Blues Festival
Jul-09-2021 - Jul-10-2021
Canton, Ohio, USA
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-10-2021 - Jul-11-2021
Rockland, Maine, USA
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-16-2021 - Jul-18-2021
Winthrop, Washington, USA
Blues & Soul Legends
"The Relief Sessions"
Jul-23-2021 - Jul-25-2021
Burnsville, Minnesota, USA
Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
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| 25th Annual Mammoth Festival|
of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-05-2021 - Aug-08-2021
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Magic City Blues
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Billings, Montana, USA
Lebanon Blues Festival
Aug-06-2021 - Aug-07-2021
Lebanon, Ohio, USA
Blue Ribbon Blues Fest
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
In The Market for Blues
Omaha's Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-15-2021,
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug-13-2021 - Aug-14-2021
Delafield, Wisconsin, USA
Joliet Blues Festival
Joliet, Illinois, USA
Prairie Crossroads Blues Fest
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA
Blues from the Top
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
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