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|11th Annual Blues By The River Oct 2 |
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The 11th annual Blues By The River on Oct 2 from 12-4pm at Swabbies By The River (5871 Garden Highway, Sacramento, California), will feature the Delta Wires, Mick Martin & The Original Blues Rockers featuring Tim Barnes with special guest Pinkie Rideau, plus a Christmas for Kids Blues Raffle. Cover is $20 at door or limited $15 advance tickets on Eventbrite. Admission free for children age 16 and under with paid adult.|
The Delta Wires is a big, high-energy harmonica and horns blues band from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. They were Finalists in the Blues Foundation's 2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN, voted "Best Band" Oakland/East Bay in Oakland Magazine's annual readers' poll, and also by the East Bay Express. The band was inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012 and have toured or played with many top noted artists.
Harmonica man Mick Martin has played professionally since 1968 and, since 1983, has led Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers. In 1994, Mick performed at Carnegie Hall for the nationally-broadcast "Blues in Jazz" concert with mentor Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Grover Washington Jr., Carrie Smith and Mark Whitfield. Mick has also played harmonica on stage behind many top artists. He’s shared a "Best West Coast Blues Harmonica Player" nod with Mark Hummel, and his band won 3 Sacramento Area Music Award (aka the SAMMIES) for "Best Blues Band", and are in the SAMMIES Hall of Fame. Mick produces and hosts "Mick Martin's Blues Party" each week on KXJZ.
Swabbies recommends wearing appropriate shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent at the outdoor, riverfront venue, plus carpooling or using ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft to save on parking fees. ABC law prohibits THC and CBD smoke or ingested product use on licensed property premise. Please respect venue rules.
|24th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Oct 7-10 |
(CAMDEN, SC) - 24th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Oct 7-10 in Camden, South Carolina will be held at multiple venues with 20 different acts performing including Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin (North Carolina), The Nighthawks (Maryland), Jon Shain & FJ Ventre (North Carolina), Tiffany Pollack (Louisiana), LaVern Smith (Georgia), and Shrimp City Slim (South Carolina).|
Margolin with Shrimp City Slim & Friends kick off the festival Thursday night Oct 7 at the Arts Center of Kershaw County (810 Lyttleton St.) from 5:30-7:30 pm followed by The Nighthawks 9pm-12am at Baron’s (1020 Broad St.).
For 24 years, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival has been known for its legendary blues artists from around the globe, performing in multiple venues in an “up-close and personal” atmosphere, as well as its “blues crawl” format. Deemed by Southern Living as a “destination weekend,” the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival attracts both blues aficionados as well as fans new to the blues music genre. All access armbands are $15 for Thursday, $20 for Friday and Saturday and will be available for purchase along with commemorative t-shirts and limited edition 24th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues posters featuring a portrait of late Blues legend, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins by artist Susan Lenz.
|I’ve been dead so many times… the life and times of New Orleans’s blues king|
|By Oliver Laughland|
Little Freddie King has survived three shootings, stabbings, a near fatal bike accident, a stomach ulcer, an accidental electrocution, Hurricane Katrina, and now a pandemicIn a dark, wood-paneled room, thick with humidity and reeking of smoke, the bluesman sits on a battered red couch that droops in the middle. He takes a moment to reflect before walking to the stage. He’s dressed in a pair of shades, a straw fedora, and a technicolor suit jacket splashed with turquoise, pink and peach. His flamboyance is an instant contrast with the dingy surroundings. He takes a final drag of a cigarette, down to the butt, before adjusting his tie.
Little Freddie King has played this venue – BJ’s Lounge, a ramshackle bar in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans – for the past 27 years. But tonight is special. Tonight is his 81st birthday.
“Ain’t nothing changed in here but the crowds,” he tells me, as the hum of the 150 or so revelers filter backstage. And then he’s off, walking unassumingly through the masses who make way out of respect, straight to the makeshift stage at the back of the bar.
He picks up his red Gibson, toggles the volume, and starts to strum, starting with his interpretation of the old jazz classic "Cleo’s Back."
One of the last bluesmen of his generation in a city famed for its jazz, King has become a local emblem over the years. Born Fread Eugene Martin in 1940 in the small town of McComb, Mississippi, he has ridden the peaks and troughs of New Orleans’s fortunes since he hopped the train south as a teenager...
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|The greatest blues song ever knows your pain |
|By Scott Woods|
Blues legend Son House’s “Death Letter Blues” is the greatest blues song ever recorded. It is not the most famous blues song — more people probably know the lounge-tinged strains of B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone” — but greatness isn’t measured in sales. House’s “Death Letter Blues” isn’t even the first blues song with that title. And to really drive home in the opposite direction, having been definitively recorded and released in 1965, the song also isn’t the earliest or most influential blues song ever, dropping 22 years after House’s first retirement from the music game. Yet no song better captures what the form is capable of.
No other blues song seems to take more satisfaction in walking a listener through every stage of both blues math and grief. If you are listening to the right version (it will be exactly 4:21 seconds long and appears on many compilations), the song stumbles drunkenly into play out of the gate with a five stroke/pluck movement. The beginning is intentionally slow and didactic, as if House is trying to show you how to play the song. This moment only lasts four seconds before the regular rhythm kicks in, but in that refrain is everything you need to know about the music half of the tune. Everything else is all sermon.
Listen along with these lyrics as we go. His voice is half the magic:
I got a letter this mornin', how do you reckon it read?
It said, hurry, the gal you love is dead
I got a letter this mornin’, mm, how do you reckon it read?
You know, it said, hurry, hurry, on account of the gal you love is dead.
And there it is. No foreplay, no warning; just a letter about a dead lover first thing in the morning… Read full story by Scott Woods at Columbus Alive
|Central Iowa Blues Society Hall of Fame Inductions Celebration Oct 17|
(DES MOINES, IA) - The Central Iowa Blues Society induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the River Center Eventorium, 330 SW 3rd St, in Des Moines. The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in the Class of 2020 includes; Hal Reed, Scott Eggleston, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Butch Edmonds.
The event will begin with dinner provided by Flying Mango, dessert by Steve Vasquez, and a performance by Kevin Burt & the Corridor featuring multiple Iowa Blues Hall of Famers.
After the award presentation and individual performances by the new inductees, the night will end with a jam session for any attending IBHOF members and friends. All tickets include FREE parking! Masks required.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues" ...Albert Collins|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949); Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932-1993), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936-2005); Oct 2-Coco Montoya (1951); Oct 3-Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956-2018 pictured here on our 2007 magazine cover); Oct 4-Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5-Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6-Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (great friend & BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8-Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9-O.V. Wright (1939-1980)
Just in case:
October 1st is loaded with "holiday" mentions... for instance it's "International Coffee Day," (an extra pick-me-up in order), "Smile Day," (good for yours and other's mojo) "National Homemade Cookies Day" (bring it on neighbor), "International Day of Older Persons" (respect), "National Hair Day" (more or less?), "National Black Dog Day" (loyal and lovable), and "National Poetry Day" (go ahead, think of a song).
Man, you could no doubt match so many blues attributes to this list! And that's just October 1st! Ya gotta wonder how much time people have on their hands!!
Whatever you do, please keep smiling. It's good for the soul!
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| Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival|
Oct-01-2021 - Oct-02-2021
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
1st Bad Apple Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Blues On The Mesa
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
Oct-07-2021 - Oct-10-2021
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Front Porch Blues Bash 2021
Oct-08-2021 - Oct-09-2021
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Covington, Louisiana, USA
Whitby Rhythm & Blues Festival
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Oct-15-2021 - Oct-17-2021
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Oct-16-2021 - Oct-17-2021
Como, Mississippi, USA
Oct-29-2021 - Oct-30-2021
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Nov-05-2021 - Nov-07-2021
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