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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 17, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 11

thru Mar 24
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Video of the week
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Celebrating 20 Years
We're Celebrating 20 Years as Blues Industry Leaders!
and it's your Once a Year Marketing Opportunity!
It's time to reserve your ad space in the 20th Anniversary Issue of the BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE Magazine!
The one Bobby Rush calls "Your roadmap to everything blues!"
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7 Good Reasons Why You Should Include a PRINT Ad in Your Budget...
• People love the magazine! The physicality. Getting their hands on it. It engages your senses: sight, touch, smell; the sound of the pages turning, sharing it.
• Interesting and entertaining editorial by blues' top aficionados.
• Your website, e-Guide and Facebook Ads with us are deeply discounted when your campaign is anchored with a print ad.
• Thousands of bluesers read it online in digital format, also for free! We have an aggressive outreach program for our Digital Magazine (your ad in our print magazine, is automatically in the digital version at no up charge).
• Magazine is also available to millions through two electronic newsstands: and
• Print and digital versions of the magazine have a long shelf life and are read and re-read throughout the year.
• Tens of thousands of magazines are shipped for free to festivals, music museums, music venues, blues societies, etc. to be distributed free to blues fans. Plus... thousands order paid subscription so that the magazine is mailed directly to them.

Click the image at left to take a look at our complete Media Kit for information about all of our Blues Media Products. We have so many ways to market your project!

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Kaati, Cheryl, Heather, Tom, Michele, Joana, Irene and Goran
RBA Publishing Inc. • P.O. Box 920 • Arcata, CA 95518 • 707-630-3304 • Text: 775-846-8238
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Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's Nancy Edwards, former Marketing Director and co-founder of the Blues Festival Guide with composer, producer, vocalist, multi-award winning entertainer, piano player and Grammy Nominated Victor Wainwright onboard the LRBC.
With his high octane boogie piano and big soul sounds, he's earned multiple Blues Music Awards including Band of the Year, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Pinetop Piano Player of The Year as well as a Blues Blast winner for Contemporary Album of The Year.
Victor was also our cover artist in 2016 and also contributed a few yummy recipes in our 2020 annual magazine.
 Photo courtesy: Nancy Edwards
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CD & DVD Releases
"...a simmering blast of vintage soul drenched in understated emotion on its way to the boiling point.” - Rock and Blues Muse

With Let’s Straighten It Out! (released via Belly Up / Blue Élan Records), Robert “Sully” Sullivan and his soul-infused nine-piece band take us on a journey through the ups and downs of love by way of ten classic ‘60s and ‘70s R&B tunes.
Produced by Grammy Award-winner Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Head Todd), Let’s Straighten It Out! is like a love letter written in album hits and deep cuts from icons who paved the way. Treasured tunes like Billy Preston’s “Nothing from Nothing” and Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” share the track list with lesser-known nuggets like Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” and Shuggie Otis’ “Ice Cold Daydream.” Other treats include a New Orleans approach to Albert Collins’ “If You Love Me Like You Say,” which features young blues guitar phenom Anthony Cullins, and “When The Battle is Over,” a rollicking version of Dr. John’s tune that was also covered long-ago by Aretha Franklin, this time done as a duet with the amazing Rebecca Jade.
Anchored by Grammy Award-winning bass slayer, James East (Eric Clapton, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and others), The Sully Band is composed of seasoned, accomplished players from all corners of the globe. The horn section features sax-flute-harp-man Tripp Sprague (Kenny Loggins, The Little River Band, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops) and trumpet and flugelhorn player Steve Dillard (The Righteous Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd). 

“...a tight crew with a soulful and unique front man and some high-end talent. [Let’s Straighten It Out!] is heartfelt homage and thoughtful interpretation and as such it is at times a thrilling new approach to Soul.” - Blues Blast Magazine
Website • Album • Spotify • YouTube

News Flash... 
Phoenix's Blues Blast 2022 Mar 19
(PHOENIX, AZ) - Phoenix Blues Society presents Blues Blast 2022 on March 19 at the Rhythm Room (1019 E Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Arizona). Doors open at 10am and music starts at 11am.

Blues Blast 2022 is the premiere Blues event in Phoenix. This annual event features a full day of national and local blues artists, including the winner of the 2021 Phoenix Blues Society Showdown Competition. Blues Blast 2022 also includes local artists and merchandise vendors, along with a tasty variety of food from great local restaurants.
Artists performing include:
•Former IBC winner Zac Harmon
• Blues Music Awards Rising Star winner Amanda Fish
• Tucson's own badass Bad News Blues Band
• Historian Traditional Bluesman Leon J from Sedona
• Cros, Phoenix Blues Society 3-time IBC representative

Ages 21 or over. No coolers, alcohol, weapons of any kind, or outside food allowed. Bring yourself and have a great time. Tickets are available here.
Blues Foundation 2022 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
(MEMPHIS, TN) - Blues Foundation 2022 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees will receive recognition at The Blues Foundation’s ceremony in Memphis. Inductees are Lucille Bogan, Little Willie John, Johnnie Taylor, Otis Blackwell and Mary Katherine Aldin will be celebrated as new Blues Hall Of Famers on May 4. Also receiving recognition are landmark recordings by Bobby “Blue” Bland, Roy Brown, Bo Diddley,  B.B. King, Baby Face Leroy Trio, and Sonny Boy Williamson II. 

The 12 honorees of The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame's 42nd class encompass over 70 years of music, spanning from Lucille Bogan in the 1920s & 1930s, Little Willie John in the 1950s & 1960s, and Johnnie Taylor from the 1950s through the 1990s. This year's inductees in the Blues Hall of Fame's five categories — Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Single), and Classics of Blues Recording (Album) — demonstrate how the blues intersects with a wide variety of American music styles: soul, blues, R&B, and rock' n' roll.

The new Blues Hall of Fame performers aren't just exceptional musicians, but they also are educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and activists determined to leave their mark on the world.
The Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held this year in conjunction with the Blues Music Awards and International Blues Challenge week, will occur on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at the Halloran Centre (225 S. Main St., Memphis). A cocktail reception honoring the BHOF Inductees and Blues Music Awards nominees will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the formal inductions commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Halloran Theater. Tickets, including the ceremony and reception, are $75 each and are available with Blues Music Awards tickets here.
Delta Blues Museum Celebrates Legendary Blues Women
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - In honor of National Women's History Month, the Delta Blues Museum is highlighting the women who helped shape the Blues into America's music. Their Museum Gift Shop has items by and about pioneering female Blues artists, including CDs by Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Ruthie Foster.

The card set, "More Legends of the Blues,” features Bessie Smith; the "Heroes of the Blues” card set includes Memphis Minnie. Their exclusive CD anthology, Delta Blues, features a rare track by Geeshie Wiley, who is called "the rural South’s greatest female blues singer and musician.” Also, Panny Mayfield's photographs of musicians in and around Clarksdale in "Live from the Delta” are a vivid record of the Blues scene at the Crossroads.
The Arhoolie Awards Virtually Mar 26, 2022
Arhoolie Records has always gathered and shared a wide swath of one of America’s most precious artifacts, its roots music. The Arhoolie Foundation continues to steward this great legacy, and on March 26th at 6 pm (Pacific) will celebrate with a streaming 75-minute video, “The Arhoolie Awards,” which will feature archival footage, contemporary performances by some wonderful newcomers, the warm presence of host Charlie Musselwhite, and awards to groups and individuals who help nurture the tradition and ensure that it stays vital and rewarding.  

The event will feature performances by Charlie, Maria Muldaur, Eric and Suzy Thompson, Laurie Lewis, Rose Maddox, Miko Marks, Dueto Dos Rosas, Ann, Marc, Joel and Wilson Savoy, Alvin Lee, Lalo Guerrero with the Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Oakland, Nora Brown, and the Campbell Brothers.

“The Arhoolie Awards” will be available on the Arhoolie Foundation website and many of the performers’ websites.
Music Maker Foundation’s “Freight Train Blues” Series
(CARRBORO, NC) - Music Maker Foundation’s eighth annual “Freight Train Blues” concert series returns, live and in-person May 13-June 10 after two years of virtual events. Artists include Jimi Hendrix collaborator bassist Hermon Hitson, documentary film subjects the Branchettes, Sacred Soul of North Carolina Revue, Grammy nominee Joe Troop, and Music Maker Blues Revue.

The Town of Carrboro, North Carolina presents this series of live concerts every Friday evening between May 13 and June 10 at the Carrboro Town Commons. The series is a collaboration between Town of Carrboro Recreation, Parks, and Culture Resources; the Music Maker Foundation; and WUNC 91.5FM. 

An annual event, the concert series highlights and celebrates the legacy of GRAMMY-winning folk and blues artist and North Carolina Music Hall of Famer Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, born in Carrboro, North Carolina in 1893. Cotten’s soulful voice and unique guitar style have rendered her a legend in the world of blues, leading her to receive National Heritage Fellowship in 1984 and a GRAMMY award in 1985. She lived to be 104 years old and died in 1987. Her songs, like the iconic “Freight Train,” and “Shake Sugaree,” have been reimagined by artists like The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal. 
Music Maker Foundation honors Cotten’s legacy in the world of American roots music by emphasizing the cultural diversity, complexity, and vitality of her music and the music of many other artists local to her community and all over the country. 

Carrboro is located just west of Chapel Hill in the Central Piedmont region of North Carolina. 
Artist YouTube samples here.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back baby! We're excited to Return to the West Coast in 2022! Cabins on Sale Now!
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2022
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto.
LRBC #38 EASTERN CARIBBEAN - Bands Announced in late March early April!
 Jan. 28 ~ Feb, 4, 2023
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to Ports TBA. Info & cabin pricing!
Or Call (816) 753-7979 to Reserve
 The Best Blues Experience on the Planet! 
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of the week
Vanessa Collier "What Makes You Beautiful" 
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
Women's History Month
• National Irish American Heritage Month
• Mar 20 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 17 Nat "King" Cole (1917-1965); Mar 18 Wilson Pickett (1941-2006), Big Daddy Kinsey (1927-2001); Mar 19 Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1937), Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975); Mar 20 Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973), Frank Edwards (1909-2002), Marcia Ball  (1949), Sam Lay (1935-2022), Eddie Shaw (1937-2018), Jimmie Vaughan (1951); Mar 21 William Clarke (1951-1996), Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902-1988), Otis Spann (1930-1970), Gaye Adegbalola pictured top (1944); Mar 22-Weldon "Juke Boy" Bonner (1932-1978), Leo "Bud" Welch (1932-2017); Mar 23-Stick McGhee (1918), Chaka Khan pictured bottom (1953), Iverson "Louisiana Red" Minter (1932-2012); Mar 24 Frank "Scrap Iron" Robinson Jr. (1951-2020); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin pictured center (1942-2018); Mar 26-Rufus Thomas (1917-2001), Curley Weaver aka "Slim Gordon" (1906-1962);
Just in case:
Mar 20 is "World Story Telling Day." Storytelling is a communication method like no other. It can travel through space and time and still have relevance to the present day. And while surely they are focusing on actual storytelling I will always put a music spin on it. The wild and true, and fictional and happy, silly, sexy, confessional and sadness of a lifetime of song-stories. The human power of sheer storytelling via music. And might I add, with it being St. Patrick's Day today, you know there are a myriad of stories and songs of Irish lore that are truly quintessential.
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Not all upcoming blues festivals/events are listed here at certain times of the year due to space constraints. Unless highlighted, festivals are no longer inked due to increasing spam
For a complete list and links see our comprehensive website
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29th River City Blues Festival
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-19-2022
Marietta, Ohio, USA
Blues Bash At The Ranch
Mar-18-2022 – Mar-20-2022
Brooksville, Florida, USA
Coeur D'Alene Blues Festival
Mar-25-2022 - Mar-27-2022
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, USA
Blues on Reid
Port St Joe, Florida, USA
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Apr-08-2022 - Apr-10-2022
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
 9th Milwaukee Blues Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
SAAACAM Fiesta Family
Blues Festival
San Antonio, Texas, USA 
Florida Blues & Heritage Festival
Immokalee, Florida, USA
29th Lowcountry Cajun Festival
Apr-09-2022, Charleston
South Carolina, USA
Woodystock Blues Festival
Apr-09-2022 – Apr-10-2022
Bullhead City, Arizona, USA
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Apr-14-2022 – Apr-18-2022
Byron Bay, Australia
 Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Loreto Baja Blues Festival
Loreto, Mexico
Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival
Buffalo, NY, New York, USA
16th Annual Blues By the Sea
Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 Blues Hall of Fame Inductions
Memphis, Tennessee USA
 Gator By The Bay
May-5-2022 - May-8-2022
San Diego, California USA
43rd Blues Music Awards
Memphis, Tennessee USA
International Blues Challenge
May-6-2022 - May-6-2022
Memphis, Tennessee USA

Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Women In Blues
May-13-2022 – May-14-2022
Helena, Arkansas and
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

5th Annual  Baton Rouge
Soul Food Festival 
May-14-2022 – May-15-2022
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May-21-2022 – May-22-2022
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Ground Zero Blues Club
21st Anniversary
May-27-2022 – May-28-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Goat Fest IX
May-27-2022 – May-28-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Red’s Old Timers Music Festival
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Holland Intl' Blues Festival
Jun-09-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Holland, Netherlands
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

Utah Blues Festival
Jun-10-2022 – Jun-11-2022
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

New York State Blues Festival
Jun-16-2022 – Jun-18-2022
Syracuse, New York, USA
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
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We welcome e-Guide suggestions and questions. You can reach our E-Guide editor, Michele Lundeen (pictured here) via EMAIL
Michele is also a singer, songwriter, performer and bandleader based in the San Diego County, California area and nicknamed the "Queen of Steam" for her high energy and passionate style.
RBA Publishing, Inc. in business since 1993, is a boutique, blues-specific PR and marketing firm based on the West Coast. We help musicians, festivals, labels and music-related brands. Our digital campaigns target fans, industry and influencers. We are masterful at email marketing, social media, fan acquisition and long-term marketing plans. Our media services are supported by people who understand and love the blues genre. Publishers of annual the Blues Festival Guide magazine, our top-ranking website, and e-Guide newsletter with approx. 30,000 weekly subscribers, we have been blues industry leaders for over 18 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to find out how we can help you!
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