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|Cover photographer and gal-on-the-festival-circuit Marilyn Stringer captured this fun and endearing photo of Tab Benoit and our 2021 cover artist Kevin Burt at the Big Blues Bender after they had spent some time previously goofing around and posing for a "mock" cover shot!|
The multi award-winning, Grammy nominated Tab is affectionately known as “The Mayor of Benderville,” and has plenty of humor as well as humbleness to match his stellar musicianship.
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|Elder Jack Ward :: ALREADY MADE|
|"The Way Is Already Made"|
Elder Jack Ward – the sacred soul singer born in the Mississippi Delta who came up singing blues songs before moving to Memphis and joining the Christian Harmonizers for their 1964 hit “Don’t Need No Doctor” – is seeing notice at age 83 for his debut solo album, Already Made, including Apple Music featuring the album on its Blues page and Esquire naming it a new album pick.
The music video for the title track “Already Made” has already garnered over 30,000 views on YouTube.
Here’s what we’re reading about Ward’s Already Made album:
“★★★★… Truly shakes foundations… Anchored with precision by the Sacred Soul house band, a modern day Swampers, it’s awash with church-like organ and embellished with sweet call-and-response by Ward’s daughters. His star power is evident throughout.”– Lois Wilson, MOJO, October, 2021
“Weekly pick.”– Charles Pierce, Esquire, August 13, 2021
“★★★1/2… Transporting… He remains in robust voice… Ward’s vitality as a performer is matched by his sharpness as a writer—he penned all 10 of these first-rate songs, [which] reaffirm the close ties between gospel and classic Memphis soul.”– Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 27, 2021
“Great debut album.”– Devon Leger, Folk Alley, October 1, 2021
Bruce Watson’s Bible & Tire Recording Co. also just released the compilation and half-hour documentary film, Sacred Soul of North Carolina, and has already been featured by NPR Music.
|29th Blues at Bridgetown Nov 12th-14th, 2021|
(BRIDGETOWN, AU) – Blues at Bridgetown, one of the longest running music festivals in Australia, is an international celebration of blues and roots music, held over 3 days in the beautiful and idyllic town of Bridgetown, Western Australia. The festival will feature four ticketed venues and a free family venue, along with lots of other venues and shops waiting to make you feel welcome. The Official Opening will be Friday November 12th at 4pm in the Community Hub. Performances run from 5:30pm-12am Friday, 10am-12am Saturday, and 10am-4pm Sunday.
The fantastic lineup of 35+ outstanding artists include international touring, slide guitar phenom Dave Hole, the “Grandfather of Australian Blues” Matt Taylor, V'delli, Toby, Karski Daly, ThornBird, Donna & the Devils Johnson, Luke Dux & the Atomic Lunchbox, The Steve Hensby Band, Riverbugs, Emily Barker and many more.
A Weekend Festival ticket gives you access to ticket only venues over the Festival weekend, as well as the Wind-down Party on Sunday from 5pm-10pm featuring encores from some of the weekend’s great artists. There’s also a Weekend Ticket & Tent City Camping bundle. Youth Tickets ages 14-17. Children under 13 are free. All children under 18 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets are available through the Blues at Bridgetown website.
|Graffiti Black & White Ball and Blues Oct 22|
|(OIL CITY, PA) - The Black & White Ball annual fundraiser is sponsored by and supports Graffiti Gallery Oil City. Come out and enjoy a night of fantastic music by Max Shang’s Trio of Blues and fun at the National Transit Building (210 Seneca St.), Oil City, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 6PM EST.|
All guests are asked to wear some combination of black and white - Be casual, be fancy - costumes optional. Just wear something black & white! Because it's the Halloween season, costumes are more than welcome as well!
Graffiti Gallery is an exhibit space in the historic National Transit Building Annex. Both local artists and artists from across the globe exhibit in multiple exhibits throughout the year.
Tickets available at Karma Coffee Co, Core Goods, or by contacting a Graffiti Gallery committee member. Advance tickets are $10, or $15 at the door of the event, and are limited.
|Reno Blues Society hosts M*A*S*H B*A*S*H Nov. 6th to benefit Vets|
|(RENO, NV) - The Reno Blues Society will hold its annual veteran’s benefit dance and returns to the familiar military theme of M*A*S*H B*A*S*H on Saturday, Nov 6 at Boomtown Hotel Casino (2100 Garson Rd.), Reno, Nevada. All proceeds benefit local non-profit veteran’s organizations. Doors 6pm and music approx. 6:15-10:30pm.|
Headlining this year’s event is popular South Lake Tahoe band Mudd Bonz, with Dennis McMasters serving as lead vocalist and harmonica player. Opening are blues-rock band Trippin’ King Snakes featuring lead singer David Warner and guitarist Mick Clarke. Military or other costumes (your favorite M*A*S*H character?) are encouraged and there will be fun costume contests between bands for best male, female and couple.
Tickets $25 at the RBS website or locally at Recycled Records, Melting Pot or Hippies Pipes and Incense. RBS members with dues being currently paid get a $5 rebate at the door with their ticket.
Military vehicles will be on display in the West parking lot (first lot off Exit 4) with easy access to the convention center. This is the 27th year the RBS has raised funds for local veterans’ organizations, only missing last year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Boomtown Hotel Casino is offering special room rates if you want to stay. Contact Boomtown at 775-345-6000 and mention the RBS MASH BASH.
|Hudson Valley Blues Society Anniversary & Blues Benefit Nov 13|
|(BEACON, NY) - Second annual Hudson Valley Blues Society Blues benefit Nov 13 will be held at the Beacon Elk’s Lodge (900 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, New York) from 7-10pm. Performing will be the Menza Madison Band and the Adam Power Project.|
Please join us for some great music, outstanding food and drink, raffles, silent auction, and more, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Hudson Valley Blues Society. Our first annual benefit in 2019 packed the house with Blues lovers from all over the Hudson Valley in an unbelievable night of music with many guest performances.
Tickets are $50 or $360 for a VIP table of 8. All proceeds are to financially support the winners of the HVBS “Road to Memphis” local competition with their travel expenses to the IBC in January 2022.
|17th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge|
|(INDIANOLA, MS) - The 2021 Indianola Blues Challenge, presented by the Mississippi Delta Blues Society, happens Sunday, October 24 for interested bands starting at 3pm at the B.B. King Museum 400 Second Street, Indianola, Mississippi. Band entry fee is $30.|
1st Place Winner: IBC entry, two hotel rooms, two paid parking spaces, allowance for meals and gas2nd Place Winner: $250
The Solo/Duo competition will happen Sunday, October 31st, starting at 3pm at The Blue Biscuit, 501 Second Street, Indianola, Mississippi. Solo or Duo entry fee is $20.
1st place winners in each division will advance to the quarterfinals of the International Blues Competition January 18-February 22, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. Entry details and application available at Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola.
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|"...the blues is the naked cry of the human heart..." Dion DiMucci|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Oct 21 Steve Cropper (1941), Elvin Bishop (1942), Michele Lundeen (yer faithful e-Guide Editor); Oct 23 Rufus "Speckled Red" Perryman (1892-1973), Boozoo Chavis (1930-2001), Carol Fran (1933-2021 pictured); Oct 24 Sonny Terry (1911-1986), Willie Mabon (1925-1985), Bill Wyman (1936), Jimmy Dawkins (1936-2013); Oct 26 Detroit Junior (1931-2005); Oct 27 Henry Townsend (1909-2006), Clifford Antone (1949-2006 Antone Records and Nightclub); Oct 28 Ben Harper (1969); Oct 29 Peter Green (1946-2020), Hadda Brooks (1916-2002); Oct 30 Bob Koester (1932-2021 Delmark's Founder); Oct 31 Julia Lee (1902-1958), Ethel Waters (1896-1977)
Just in case:
International Artist Day is October 25th. Art is a creative human expression.
Art portrays the beauty of life or a bitter reality.
It records history, revolutions, rebellions, and sometimes is a means to escape them. In short, there is no history or culture without art.
This day celebrates all forms of art — paintings, sculpture, photography, architecture, music, and more. Amen!
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| Bellville Bluestock|
Oct-29-2021 - Oct-30-2021
Bellville, Texas, USA
Bude Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival
Nov-05-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Gainesville, Florida, USA
SC Pecan Festival
Florence, South Carolina, USA
4th Annual Henry Turner Jr.
Day-A Taste of the Deep South
Nov-06-2021 - Nov-07-2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-11-2021 - Nov-13-2021, Frederikshavn, Denmark
New Blues Festival
Long Beach, California, USA
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|Hudson Valley Blues Society Anniversary & Benefit|
Beacon, New York, USA
Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival
Muskego, Wisconsin, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-19-2021 - Nov-21-2021
Reading , Pennsylvania, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Treasure Coast Blues Festival
Stuart, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Cincinnati Winter Blues Experience
Mason, Ohio, USA
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