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Wishing you & yours joy, laughter, good health,
great music & true friends in the coming New Year!
Peace & Blues,
Kaati, Cheryl, Michele, Heather,
Tom, Irene, Joanna, Goran & Belinda
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|Blues fan Tamara Fanning tucks her Blues Festival Guide magazine for safe keeping while enjoying the award-winning bluesman Robin Henkel at the OB Blues Fest in Ocean Beach (San Diego), California.|
The highly respected and popular Henkel is a four-time recipient of the San Diego Music Awards "Best Blues" award. He performs solo and also with his band the Robin Henkel Band with Horns.
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|Keeping The Blues Alive Awards Ceremony Jan 21, 2022|
(MEMPHIS, TN) - The Blues Foundation will celebrate the Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients during IBC week at a ceremony and brunch, Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11am at the DoubleTree Hotel. The KBA Ceremony and Brunch is a ticketed event. |
2022 KBA recipients are:
Big Blues Bender’s HART Party. The Big Blues Bender is a 4-day music festival held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada and a fundraiser that graciously supports the HART (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund.
Can’t Stop The Blues: “Can’t Stop the Blues” (CSTB), was founded by Karen Gottheimer in March of 2020. The CSTB virtual concert series, streamed on Facebook and YouTube, created a groundbreaking and desperately needed virtual space during the lockdown for the blues scene plus an artist revenue stream.
Tom Claypool: For the past three decades, Tom has chosen to donate his time and talents to music organizations, music events, and public radio in order to give back to the community that first inspired him.
FitzGerald’s Roadhouse: Since 1981, FitzGerald’s Roadhouse in Chicago has been a champion for all kinds of American roots music that has included a constant flow of top-notch blues artists.
Fueling Musicians Program: One of the most notable programs funded by Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation is the Fueling Musicians initiative, designed to provide critically needed assistance to musicians whose income has been eliminated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jerry Mason: Jackson, Mississippi-based entrepreneur and promoter Jerry “Boogie” Mason built a network of traditional and new media connections via e-mail, print advertising, and social media, to promote blues, Southern soul, and other genres of music rooted in communities of color.
Phil Ranstrom: This American documentary filmmaker lives in Chicago, Illinois and has been writing, producing, and directing award-winning documentaries since the 1980s.
Raúl de la Rosa: Broadcaster, journalist, cultural promoter and curator of the blues since 1964, Rosa organized Mexico’s first blues festival in 1978 and produced eleven more between 1978 and 2012.
Jack Sullivan: For over 30 years Sullivan has achieved national and international success as a magazine publisher (Blues Music Magazine), festival promoter, and online music store marketer.
|Cincinnati Winter Blues Experience III|
(MASON, OH) - Come join us for the third annual Cincinnati Winter Blues Experience February 12 at the Manor House (6744 Mason Montgomery Rd.) in Mason, Ohio. Presented by the Cincy Blues Society, the event will feature 10 of the best national, regional and local acts that will be entertaining you in two grand ballrooms with nonstop music. |
Appearing are Ally Venable, Eliza Neals & the Narcotics, Noah Wotherspoon, Johnny Fink & the Intrusion, Meg Williams, King Bee & the Stingers, Ben Levin, Tempted Souls Band, Skyla Burrell Band, and Sister Lucille.
The Manor House has seating for 450+ patrons in each ballroom, ample free parking, full bars and food concessions.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of the show at the door. Doors open at 5pm and music starts at 5:15pm.
|14th Annual Gateway Blues Festival|
(ST. LOUIS, M0) - The 14th Annual Gateway Blues Festival is returning March 19, 2022 to Stifel Theatre (1400 Market St, St. Louis, Missouri). The festival is set to feature a blues and R&B honor roll of performers, including Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, Chick Rodgers, Nellie Tiger Travis and Sir Charles Jones. Showtime is 7pm and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.|
The 14th Annual Gateway Blues Festival is presented by North American Entertainment Group Inc., one of the leading independent promoters of entertainment tours and live events in the United States. Proof of a negative test or COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this event.
|Handmade Copper Pipe Guitars and Scrap Iron Guitars|
|Here's an excerpt of an excerpt from Shane Speal's Book, Making Poor Man's Guitars. "Two of the most freakish guitars in the Cigar Box Guitar Museum are by Tone-A-Cane Copper Pipe Guitars and Pete Regan’s Metal Guitars. Both are crafted using metal for body and necks… |
The Tone-A-Cane Guitar is the brainchild of Worcester, MA artist, Timothy Dlugasz and, with the exception of the wood fretboard, is made completely of copper pipes. In my Tone-A-Cane (an early version, serial # 03), the body is mostly non-existent, with small shrimp-fork wings to coming out the sides. More recent Tone-A-Canes have a Les Paul-ish body outline made from copper for better ergonomics.
…The neck consists of three copper pipes that run the length of the body. Two smaller pipes flank the sides while a thicker pipe goes up the middle. A wooden fretboard is glued to them and the headstock is formed from the two outside pipes joined with a few elbow connectors.
…Pete Regan Guitars look like modernist sculptures that should be hanging in an art gallery. Huntsville, AL based Regan uses hunks of scrap iron, rebars and welding joints to create super-heavy Mad Max guitar/weapons that have sustain for days.
The Pete Regan guitar in my collection is a 2-string slide instrument inspired by cigar box guitars. Regan started with a narrow rectangle body crafted from rebar and flat metal, adding disappearing circle “sound holes” and loading an EMG single coil. He added a bottom hunk of rebar to rest on your lap when sitting… The neck is simply two hunks of salvaged rebar with a nut also made of rebar."
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|"New Years Blues" by Lonnie Johnson|
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• Dec 30 New Year's Eve|
• Jan 1 New Year's Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 30 Bo Diddley (1928-2008); Dec 31 Odetta (1930-2008); Jan 1 Frank Stokes (1888-1955), Estelle "Mama" Yancey (1896-1986); Jan 2 Little Smokey Smothers (1939-2010), Rubin “Rube” Lacy (1901-1969); Jan 5-Johnny Adams (1932-1998), Wilbert Harrison (1929-1994), Sam Phillips (1923-2003 founder of Sun Records); Jan 6-Kim Wilson (1951); Jan 8-Elvis Presley (1935), Tampa Red (1904), Bill Graham (1931 legendary Fillmore promoter); Jan 9-Barbara Carr (1941), Jimmy Page (1944); Jan 10-Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater (1935-2018), Sam Chatmon (1897-1983), Jerry Wexler (1914-2008 founder of Atlantic Records); Jan 11-Slim Harpo (1924-1970); Katie Webster (1936-1999), Michael "Hawkeye" Herman (1945)
Just in case:
January 3 is "Women Rock Day"... Honoring the many brilliant women who have contributed to the rock and blues rock genre and paved the way for future generations by breaking into male-dominated spaces. On this day, we pay tribute to the many female musicians who were pioneers in their own right.
Early women artists like Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton come to my mind, as does Janis Joplin.
Modern artists that fit the bill are Joanna Connor, Susan Tedeschi, Ana Popovic, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Eliza Neals and more of course...
Who's on your lists?
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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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|Blues On The Block|
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Clearwater, Florida, USA
Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest
Feb-4-2022 - Feb-5-2022
Marshall, Michigan, USA
Cincinnati Winter Blues
Mason, Ohio, USA
Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Rhythm & Rock Festival
Leeds, United Kingdom
Bonita Blues Festival
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
Guitar Festival 11
Mar-11-2022 - Mar-13-2022
Walla Walla, Washington, USA
Coeur D'Alene Blues Festival
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
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| 29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival|
South Carolina, USA
Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
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
New York State Blues Festival
Jun-16-2022 – Jun-18-2022
Syracuse, New York, USA
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
21st Annual Greenwood Blues Cruise/Festival of Discovery
Jul-07-2022 - Jul-09-2022
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Vallemaggia Magic Blues
Jul-07-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 - Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
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