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Blues Festival Guide
Mar 24, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 12

thru Mar 24
Mar 24
until April 7, 2022
Celebrating 20 Years
CD & DVD Releases
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the week
BFG Twitter-Instagram-Facebook
Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Me and the Devil Blues 
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
Celebrating 20 Years
We're Celebrating 20 Years as Blues Industry Leaders!
and it's your Once a Year Marketing Opportunity!
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The one Bobby Rush calls "Your roadmap to everything blues!"
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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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Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's David Julia, the young (old soul) guitarist, singer-songwriter, and entertainer phenom from Central Florida, aboard the January Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
“David Julia has an ear for melody, and a strong feeling that is contagious," says Mike Zito, who produced David's CD, Inspired on Vizztone records in 2018. Bob Margolin said, "David's guitar mastery, vocal skills, songwriting, and performance skills are fulfilling his promise!"
Photo courtesy: Nancy Edwards
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
CD & DVD Releases
 Mary Stokes Band :: CLOUDS IN MY HEART
The Mary Stokes Band, Clouds In My Heart, is available for download or limited-edition CDs on Bandcamp now!
The Mary Stokes Band are Ireland’s foremost blues band, with an established international reputation of over 25 years, and have performed with blues greats John Lee Hooker, BB King, Taj Mahal, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino and many more. Partners Mary Stokes and Brian Palm have led The Mary Stokes Band, performing at blues festivals and venues across Ireland, USA and Europe.

With over 10 album releases, The Mary Stokes Band released their album Comin’ Home during the global pandemic. As independent artists, the pandemic obliged Mary and Brian to seek out new ways to deliver their music to the public. Comin’ Home was independently released on Bandcamp in 2021 and has been an incredible success, reaching audiences through worldwide radio play and sales. The album was named Blues and Roots Radio “Album of the Year” for 2021. 
With new recordings started, 2022 sees the first international release of The Mary Stokes Band’s seminal live album, Clouds In My Heart, originally recorded just before Christmas,1999. It was possibly the last blues record of the 20th Century and definitely one of the first of the new millennium. The popular success of the "as live" album Comin' Home (2020) inspired them to relaunch the fully live Clouds In My Heart to a broader audience. Recorded in the landmark Bruxelles in Dublin, this album captures the live energy and vitality for which The Mary Stokes Band are widely known. This is the first time this album has been available other than at band's live shows.

Clouds In My Heart features Mary Stokes, vocals; Brian Palm, harmonica; Dermot Stokes, piano; Graham Hynes, guitar; Eoin O'Doherty, drums; Ken Matthews bass guitar; and Felim Gormley, saxophones.
Purchase: Clouds In My Heart | Comin' Home
Mary Stokes Band at Bandcamp

News Flash... 
A Jus’ Blues Music Foundation 2022 Honoree
It’s out, on Little Village Records... 
You Gotta Have It
Award winning California native Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the San Francisco Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. Tia has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her band as well as some very well-established host bands. She has shared stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin, Syl Johnson, Sugar Pie DeSanto also B.B King, Tommy Castro, Elvin Bishop, Igor Prado and Eric Gales.
She has earned a reputation for her up-beat and engaging manner on stage and audiences around the world are treated to an unforgettable show.
Website | Facebook | ReverbNation

Click to hear Tia: “Even When I’m Not Alone”
Fanatics Pub Presents 2nd Annual “A Weekend Of Blues” 
(HEMLOCK, NY) - Fanatics Pub presents the 2nd Annual “A Weekend Of Blues” on Friday-Sunday, June 17-19 on the Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock, New York.
Get ready for three amazing days of world class live Blues music from some of the best in the business! Cinnamon Jones, Miller & The Other Sinners on Friday, Johnny Rawls, King Solomon Hicks, Sue Foley Band on Saturday, and Tas Cru Band, John Nemeth & the Blue Dreamers, and Joe Louis Walker Band on Sunday.

Friday tickets are $10 and Saturday and Sunday are $40 each day (or $50 day of), and Weekend Passes are $70 (or $80 day of). Tickets are available through EventBrite.

There will be food and beverage trucks onsite including beer, wine, seltzers and hard cider. The event is rain or shine and is in a covered area.

No outside food or beverage or pets allowed at the event center. There are 200 campsites available with water and power. Bring lawn chairs.

Event info: (315) 573-2411 - Camping info (585) 367-3370
Hemlock Fairgrounds website.
Discover The Piedmont Blues
How did a culture that influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and the White Stripes stay hidden for so long? Learn about the Piedmont style and why its culture is alive and well today.

“Culture Doesn’t Die”

“A small, out of date, half-forgotten song tradition” was how early blues field researcher Samuel Charters described the Piedmont or East Coast blues in his 1984 liner notes to a Pink Anderson album. But it’s funny. It’s hard to find something when you aren’t looking for it.

“The standard story of the blues is that it was born in the Mississippi Delta and then came to Chicago and then the U.K., where the British picked it up. But it’s a bigger story than that,” says Music Maker co-founder Tim Duffy. Most modern music fans know the Piedmont blues because modern artists covered its makers’ songs. The Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan covered Elizabeth Cotten. The Dead also covered Rev. Gary Davis, and he was highly revered by the artists of the 1960s folk revival. Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band and the White Stripes performed the works of Blind Willie McTell (Dylan even named one of his own compositions after McTell).

Cotten, Davis and McTell — along with other Piedmont pioneers such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who performed at the inaugural Newport Folk Festival in 1959 — cemented themselves in blues history. But the artists who’ve carried on in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic blues traditions have remained largely unknown to both scholars and record labels.

“It was a story that was not told — and it is delightful music,” Tim says. “Our first years were just finding all these guys in a wonderful, colorful quilt of music.” One reason Music Maker chose Hillsborough, North Carolina, as its headquarters was to be near the homeplaces of the Piedmont blues’ originators.
Continue reading… 
Photo by Tim Duffy
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! 
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 | 
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Sault Blues Society “Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal”
(SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO, CANADA) - The Sault Blues Society in partnership with the Algonquin’s Rock Star Bar will present a night of Blues on Saturday April 2nd from 8-11pm in the Algonquin Hotel’s Rock Star Bar for the “Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal” in conjunction with the Red Cross.

Performing will be Blues Shop with Mike Yurich, Mike McDonald, Steve Francis and Chris Johns plus special guests Al Davis, Pete Cooper, Stuart Bolduc, Paul DellaVedova, Val Powley, Shirley Kominos and Eugene Gassi, and Emcee Ray Gassi.

Cash or cheque donations can be made in person at the event or online with a credit card via the Red Cross portal of Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal – Sault Blues Society OTG Don ( Etransfers can be made via the society email. Official tax receipts will be issued from the Red Cross for all donations of $20 or more with full name and proper mailing address.
100% of all monies donated will be donated to the Red Cross “Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.” All costs for this event are being covered by the Sault Blues Society and the Algonquin Hotel.

For further info visit the Sault Blues Society website or their Facebook page
Video of the week
Sean Costello "Love is Amazing"
In Sean's Memory and Awareness of World Bipolar Day Mar 30
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
Women's History Month
• National Irish American Heritage Month
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Mar 24 Frank "Scrap Iron" Robinson Jr. (1951-2020); Mar 25-Aretha Franklin (1942-2018); Mar 26-Rufus Thomas (1917-2001), Curley Weaver aka "Slim Gordon" (1906-1962); Mar 27-Leroy Carr (1905-1935), Robert "Junior" Lockwood (1915-2006), Sarah Vaughan pictured top (1924), Herman "Little Junior" Parker (1932), Johnny Clyde Copeland (1937-1997); Mar 28-"Cripple" Clarence Lofton (1887-1957); Mar 29- Willie Clayton (1955), Sue Foley pictured center (1968), Camille Howard pictured bottom (1914-1993); Mar 30-John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914-1948), Eric Clapton (1945); Mar 31-Big Maceo Merriweather (1905-1953), Lowell Fulson (1921-1999), Lizzie Miles (1895-1963); April 1 Lucille Bogan (1897–1948), Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), Joseph Amos Milburn, Jr. (1927–1980); April 2 Marvin Gaye (1939–1984); April 3 Mitch Woods (1951)
Just in case:
Mar 29 is "World Piano Day" which is celebrated on the 88th day of the year, which is the same as the number of keys on the piano. The piano was invented in the 1700's by one Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy and evolved further by the early 1800s. Piano has a distinct history in the Blues. The list is long of memorable players like Pinetop Perkins, Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Memphis Slim, Ray Charles, Katie Webster, Dr. John, Roosevelt Sykes, Charles Brown, Little Richard, and Julia Lee to honestly name just a few. Respect!
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Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn')
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Festival-Event Calendar
To view entire calendar of festivals & Live Streams, click here!
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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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14th Shreveport Blues Festival
Shreveport, Louisiana 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 Baja

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
Blues Hall of Fame Inductions
Memphis, Tennessee USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
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
Northwoods Blues Festival
Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Continue to stay optimistic! We've got this!
We are thinking of you and wishing you good health!
About Us 

RBA Publishing/Blues Festival Guide 
P.O. Box 920, Arcata, CA 95518
Call 707-630-3304
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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