|HAPPY THANKSGIVING from our house to yours!|
Throughout the year we do stop and reflect on how thankful we are... sometimes it's when we've accomplished a feat, other times... when we realize our mortality. These last few years especially have been a challenge and an eye-opener on many levels, to say the least. But even when it seems all may be lost, we can still find peace in the small moments. We must and we do.|
We know we should take nothing for granted especially now. This year we still reflect on the tiniest of life's details and find we are still grateful. Now, at Thanksgiving time, we reflect even more on family and friends... here ...and gone. The thought of the warmth and familiarity of them at the holiday time of year can override chaos. And even though they may not within reach, we remain thankful.
I am personally thankful that I can express myself through my voice, my art and my pen and those that relate to that language. I'm thankful I can still find my mental strength when push comes to shove. I'm currently finding my physical strength as well at the tail-end of my own battle with Covid... the thing I dreaded most, but I am thankful that I am strong and for each day that continues on.
From myself and all the staff at BFG, we want you to remind you, not just today, but every day, that we very thankful and grateful for YOU, our readers, blues lovers, and blues friends. Wishing you and yours a peaceful and healthy holiday.
Your e-Guide Editor,
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|Larry McCray to fire up benefit concert for blues icons’ grave headstones Nov 27|
(WHITEHALL, MI) - When West Michigan blues fan Steve Salter learned to his dismay that iconic blues pianist Otis Spann – who died in his 40s in 1970 – was buried in an unmarked grave, it sparked an unusual and tireless mission to commemorate influential musicians who often passed away impoverished and overlooked.|
Salter, of Whitehall, launched The Killer Blues Headstone Project, which has raised about $89,000 and purchased 138 headstones for late blues musicians buried in cemeteries in 16 states across the country.
Adding to headstones for blues greats such as Walter Davis, Luther Tucker and Clarence “Pine Top” Smith, the project this year has placed markers on graves for Eddie Taylor Jr. (Chicago), Joe Willie Wilkins (Memphis), Bumble Bee Slim (Georgia) and Big George Brock (St. Louis), among others.
Now, Salter has turned his attention to what he’s calling “our biggest show yet”: At 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 27), Michigan’s own legendary blue guitarist Larry McCray & The Jon Archambault Band will perform at The Playhouse at White Lake in Whitehall, with The North Grove Killers opening the show.
Tickets for the fundraiser for the Killer Blues Headstone Project are $25 in advance, available online here. Tickets will be $30 at the door the day of the show, and $50 VIP seats also are available.
In addition, the concert will be live-streamed online so fans can watch it from home. Tickets, $15, for the live-stream are available here.
…Read more here
|2022 GRAMMY Blues, Americana, Roots Nominees & more|
|The 2022 GRAMMYs Awards show, officially known as the 64th GRAMMY Awards, will be held Monday, January 31st, 2022. See below who's been nominated in the Blues, Americana and Roots categories. The 64th GRAMMY Awards recognize recordings released between Sept. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021.|
Best Traditional Blues Album
• 100 Years Of Blues - Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite
• Traveler's Blues - Blues Traveler
• I Be Trying - Cedric Burnside
• Be Ready When I Call You - Guy Davis
• Take Me Back - Kim Wilson
Best Contemporary Blues Album
• Delta Kream - The Black Keys Featuring Eric Deaton & Kenny Brown
• Royal Tea -Joe Bonamassa
• Uncivil War - Shemekia Copeland
• Fire It Up- Steve Cropper
• 662 - Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Best American Roots Song
• "Call Me A Fool" Valerie June with Carla Thomas
• "Diamond Studded Shoes" Dan Auerbach, Natalie Hemby, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Yola, songwriters (Yola)
• "Cry" Jon Batiste
Best Americana Album
• Downhill From Everywhere - Jackson Browne
• Leftover Feelings -John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
• Native Sons - Los Lobos
• Outside Child - Allison Russell
• Stand For Myself - Yola
Of note, Jon Batiste's song "Freedom" was nominated for Record of The Year, his song "Cry" was nominated for Best American Roots Performance, and his album We Are was nominated for Album of The Year and R&B Album of The Year.
|Inaugural Treasure Coast Blues Festival Nov 27|
(STUART, FL) - On November 27th Hawkside Productions presents The Treasure Coast Blues Festival with Albert Castiglia, JP Soars, Eric Culberson, Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders, Tim ODonnel, and Frank Bang, The Inaugural event will be held at Terra Fermata Tiki Bar (SE 6th St. Stuart, Florida) from noon-10pm. Find tickets and more on their website. $15 Early Bird tix are available now or $20 at the door.
There will be a lot of intermingling & jamming going on all day, so make sure you re there all day as you don't want to miss any surprises. Musicians will be sitting in with each other. This is the plan!
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LRBC #36 Eastern Caribbean: Jan. 29~Feb. 5, 2022
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|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• Thanksgiving Nov 25|
• December is the Month of Giving
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Nov 25 Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), Jimmy Johnson (1928); Nov 26 Tina Turner (1939), Bernard Allison (1965); Nov 27 Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970); Nov 29 John Mayall (1933); Nov 30 Robert Nighthawk (1909-1967), Brownie McGhee (1915-1996), Smokin’ Joe Kubek (1956-2015), Shuggie Otis (1953); Dec 2 Tal Wilkenfeld (1986); Dec 4 Larry Davis (1936); Dec 5 Alec "Rice" Miller aka Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912-1965), Kim Simmonds (1947), "Little Richard" Penniman (1932-2020); Dec 6 Sean Carney; Dec 8 Gregg Allman (1947-2017); Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934-1998), Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926-1959); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926-1984); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918-1999), Lonesome Sundown (1928-1955)
Just in case:
Bartenders have been around since ancient times across cultures and certainly a part of the blues music community.
December 3 is the day to show your appreciation for all the mixologists out there who are no doubt proficient in serving up your beverage of choice and/or creating something brand new.
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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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| Treasure Coast Blues Festival|
Stuart, Florida, USA
Bradenton Blues Fest
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-04-2021
Bradenton, Florida, USA
Looe Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival
Dec-03-2021 - Dec-05-2021
Looe, United Kingdom
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
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Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
& Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-7-2022
San Diego, California USA
Flagstaff Blues and Brews
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
32nd Billtown Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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