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Along with our festival, artist and blues related features, here’s some of the the cool editorial:
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 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
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|Here's owner/operator, musician and promoter Selby Minner. Selby puts on the Rentiesville Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville, Oklahoma which is held Fri-Sat-Sun each Labor Day Weekend from 5pm 'til 5am. The location is also the home of her Down Home Blues Club, the OK Blues Hall of Fame, Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., and the D.C. Minner Rentiesville Museum.|
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|Debbie Bond :: BLUES WITHOUT BORDERS|
"Blues Without Borders"
"Bond has sure paid her dues over the years working alongside such notables as the late Willie King, where she was a band member and with the legendary Johnny Shines, an old road-buddy of Robert Johnson. With such a heritage and background, it comes as no surprise to find this bit of true blues gold. Blues for our times from a lady who knows what she's about. Highly recommended, grab it while you can." Ian Patience, Blues Magazine
“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. Rich Asherton’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.
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|Southern Indiana Blues Festival Aug 26-28 in Bean Blossom|
|(BEAN BLOSSOM, IN) - Blues fans, family and friends have been gathering at Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, Indiana since 1999 to celebrate the music and culture of the blues. This year there will be 2 full stages of live blues on Friday and Saturday plus the largest blues jam ever will be held on the Hippy Hill stage Thursday night, August 26th 7-10pm.|
Friday and Saturday, Aug 27-28, gates open daily at 10am and music begins at Noon. The weekend headliners are Eric Gales, Mike Zito, Joanna Connor, Albert Castiglia, John Németh, Corey Harris & Phil Wiggins, Damon Fowler with special guest Jason Ricci, and Kat Riggins.
Bill Monroe Music Park is known for late night jams around the campground, and this epic blues weekend won't disappoint! The weekend kicks off Thursday with an all-star Blues Jam on the Hippy Hill stage with the "Bloomington Blues Group House Rockers" playing at 7pm and the jam opening up at 8pm. Bring your instruments and sign up at the stage.
The festival is all-ages, the park is pet-friendly, and there’s plenty of free parking. You can bring lawn chairs and coolers. Weekend and daily tickets are available online or at the gate. There are no refunds and acts are subject to change without notice.
Visit the festival website and/or the park website for further details.
|Yuba City Brews, Blues and BBQ Aug 28 |
(YUBA CITY, CA) - The 19th annual Brews, Blues and BBQ event hosted by the Early Risers Kiwanis Club of Yuba City will be held this Saturday, Aug 28th at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds (442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City, California). Gates will be open 4-8pm.|
Event chairman Tom Walther said organizers are expecting about 800 people to attend. This is the largest fundraising event hosted by the club that supports local children's groups and program. This year there will be about 15 drink vendors onsite, including the Happy Viking beer wagon.
Tickets cost $50 in advance or $60 at the gate. To purchase tickets online visit here or purchase in person at the Happy Viking, 741 Plumas St., Yuba City, or at Beach Hut Deli, 1655 Colusa Highway #400, Yuba City.
Included in the cost of the ticket is unlimited samples of micro brews, ciders and wine, your choice of a half rack of St. Louis style ribs, a tri-tip sandwich with beans and coleslaw or a 10-inch personal size stone fired pizza from Rolling Stone Pizza Company and soda and water. There will also be a raffle.
Check the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds website if interested in camping details.
|Take the Harmonica, Tell the World How You Feel|
|By Gabi Mendick|
When Charles Burroughs was only 8 years old in Tampa, Florida, his peers picked him on because of a speech impediment. To avoid their incessant bullying, Charles chose not to speak at all. Over a much needed summer break, Charles went to visit his great-grandfather in Plains, Georgia, a musician who simultaneously blew harp and strummed a handmade guitar formed from an orange crate and broomsticks. That summer, Charles’ great-grandfather gave him a harmonica and told him, “I want you to take this harmonica and tell the world how you feel.”
If you witness what Charles describes as his “down in the gutter, back alley, storytelling blues” today, you’ll know he has learned to use the harmonica to tell the world how he feels. In the 65 years since he first picked up the instrument, he has more than earned his moniker, Sugar Harp.
Sugar Harp’s music is all his own, and in his songs you can feel the places he’s been. In 1969, Sugar was hanging with Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore East and hitched a ride to Woodstock on a whim. The following year, he was drafted into the Air Force and began serving in the 56th Fighter Wing in Vietnam. His experiences from New York to Vietnam, the partying and the struggling, shape Sugar’s character and his music.
But a year and a half ago, new Music Maker partner artist Sugar Harp found himself sugarless and harpless. On November 26, 2019, driving his van — packed with all of his treasured belongings, including his harmonicas — through his current hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Sugar Harp noticed a driver in another vehicle motioning to him frantically. Sugar’s van was becoming engulfed in flames. …Read full story at MusicMaker
(Photo: Roger Stephenson)
| Tawas Bay Blues Society's Blues By The Bay Aug 27-29|
|(EAST TAWAS, MI) - The Tawas Bay Blues Society is hosting its 19th annual “Blues by the Bay” Friday Aug 27 through Sunday Aug 29.|
The three-day festival is located under a large “Blues Big Top” at the Tawas Bay waterfront next to the East Tawas Harbor of Refuge in Tawas, Michigan.
The lineup includes Downriver Dan, and Mississippi Heat on Friday.
Saturday it's Whiskey Bottle Blues at noon, followed by Kathleen & The Bridge Street Band, Rocky Athas, Eliza Neals, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.
Sunday it's The Blues Abusers and The Sax Maniacs.
A $35 souvenir button is the admission to all three days of the festival.
|1 week left for Colorado Blues Society Raffle Chances!|
|The Colorado Blues Society Q Blues 2021 Raffle fundraiser is live. Now through Labor Day you can link to the raffle website, see the exciting themed prizes and purchase tickets. You can also text QBLUES2021 to 855-202-2100.|
From the collection of 17 raffle prizes, two examples include a Louisiana Grills wood pellet smoker donated by Lulu’s Farm. and a stunning, ceramic guitar art original by Scott Fitzke.
Among other prizes, there are also specially selected books, signed by their acclaimed authors on the history, lives and cooking cultures of blues music and barbeque cuisine.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Hard times ain't nothing that music won't help heal..."|
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Aug 24-Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), Wynonie Harris pictured (1915-1969); Aug 26-Jimmy Rushing (1901-1972); Aug 29-Charlie Parker (1920-1955), Dinah Washington (1924-1963); Aug 30-Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934-1976); Aug 31-Joanna Connor (1962), Van Morrison (1945); Sept 2-Billy Preston (1946-2006); Sept 3-Memphis Slim (1915-1988), Freddie King (1934-1976); Sept 4-Meade "Lux" Lewis (1905-1964); Sept 5-Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995); Sept 6-Jimmy Reed (1925-1976); Sept 7-Little Milton Campbell (1934-2005), Latimore (1939)
Just in case:
Well, Aug 28th is "National Red Wine Day!" Lots of songs talk about the ups and downs of wine... for instance the complimentary reference in "Pride & Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan), the resolution in "Trying To Live My Life Without You" (Otis Clay), the carefree "Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" (Sticks McGhee), and the desperation of "Cherry Red Wine" (Luther Allison).
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Aug-26-2021 - Aug-28-2021
Bean Blossom, Indiana USA
Blues, Brews & BBQ
Yuba City, California USA
Aug-27-2021 - Aug-28-2021
Trinidaddio, Colorado, USA
Open Air Blues in the
Aug-27-2021 - Aug-29-2021
Blues By The Bay
Aug-27-2021 - Aug-29-2021
East Tawas, Michigan, USA
Hot August Blues
Aug-27-2021 - Aug-28-2021
Harden, Kentucky, USA
Crossroads Blues Festival
Rockford, Illinois, USA
Westcoast Blues Festival
Sep-03-2021 - Sep-04-2021
Goderich, Ontario, Canada
Sep-03-2021 - Sep-04-2021
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival
Sep-03-2021 - Sep-05-2021
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
John Coltrane Jazz
and Blues Festival
Sep-04-2021 - Sep-05-2021
High Point, North Carolina, USA
Big Blues Bender
Sep-09-2021 - Sep-12-2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Eastside Kings Festival
Sep-10-2021 - Sep-14-2021
Austin, Texas, USA
San Diego Blues Festival
San Diego, California, USA
Riverside Art, Wine
& Blues Festival
Murphysboro, Illinois, USA
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Sep-17-2021 - Sep-18-2021
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Lone Star Blues
and Heritage Festival
Sep-17-2021 - Sep-18-2021
Tomball, Texas, USA
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