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Blues Festival Guide
April 21, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 16

thru Mar 24
April 7-May 28
thru May 12
Celebrating 20 Years... Last Chance to make it into our 2022 Anniversary Issue
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!
Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Video of the week
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Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
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Sneak Peek of our 2022 Blues Festival Guide 
It’s our 20th Anniversary edition of the Blues Festival Guide, and we’ve loved being a part of your blues community!
It's official and we could barely wait to announce and showoff our 2022 cover by photographer Marilyn Stringer featuring the talented Tullie Brae and Calvin Johnson at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival!
Any minute now we'll be wrapping the 2022 issue. We’re looking forward to bringing you the latest happenings in the industry, glimpses of blues history and, of course, blues festivals to plan your calendar! Here’s an editorial sneak peek! 
Living Legend: Billy Branch By Bill Dahl - Once the new kid on the Chicago blues block, Billy Branch is now revered as the city’s premier harmonica master.  
Fueling Musicians Program - Put together by Joe Bonamassa during the pandemic, the program is designed to support and assist musicians
WLAC: Blues, Baby Chicks and Stim-U-Aid By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz - The Reverend schools us on WLAC – the “clear channel” radio station that was legendary in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s for spreading the blues far and wide across the U.S. (and beyond!) on its nighttime programming.
That Chicago Blues Sound By Wayne Baker Brooks - The Chicago blues catapulted the blues genre into the mainstream in 1948 when Muddy Waters amplified his sound, but the foundation for this revolution was built decades earlier by established artists…
20 Years of Blues By Kaati Gaffney, Publisher - The Blues Festival Guide is celebrating its 20th anniversary issue! Learn more about our journey from the gals who started it all, and enjoy reminiscing on our past issues.
What’s Cookin’ - Blueswoman Shaun Murphy shares her authentic Italian family recipe for Pasta all’Amatriciana plus tips and tricks
Hooked on Blues Docs - During the pandemic, Tom Andrews of the Blues Festival Guide team had the opportunity to dig in and enjoy some recent blues documentaries. Check out his recommendations and enjoy! 
Trumpet Records – Small But Powerful Courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum - From 1950 to 1955, the music of Trumpet Records sounded from coast to coast and their recordings are a testament to Mississippi’s musical gift to the world. 
And more!...
Show us your BFG
Photo Moments with the 19th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's revered guitarist, bandleader, and producer Anson Funderburgh (lt) with drummer, singer, songwriter bandleader Big Joe Maher 
on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Multi-Award winning Chicago and Texas blues master, Funderburgh has maintained Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets since the late 70's. The band featured vocalist Darrell Nulisch until he moved on '85, then singer, harpman Sam Meyers filled that spot until his death in 2006. Anson's also played and recorded with and produced his and countless artists and their award-winning projects.
Maher's 5-pc band, Big Joe & The Dynaflows, serve up a tasty and fun mix of jump blues and have recorded several award-winning albums. Over time Big Joe has shared the stage and either backed up, opened up or recorded with many top music legends like Willie Dixon, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Rush and many more. Maher played on Delbert McClinton's 2019 Grammy winning CD, Tall Dark & Handsome.
Photo: Nancy Edwards
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The Blues Foundation is official sponsor of our 2021 Blues Festival Guide!
News Flash... 
1st Annual Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival April 23
(BUFFALO, NY) - Three Chord Bourbon and Barry Entertainment are proud to present The 1st Annual Buffalo Blues & Roots Festival April 23 at Buffalo Riverworks (359 Ganson St.) in Buffalo, New York. The event will feature 10 live national, regional and local blues, roots, rock bands all day from 1pm-11pm and doors open at noon. The headliner this year is 7-time Blues Music Award Nominee and 2-time winner - Vanessa Collier. Other acts on the bill include Gabe Stillman, Miller & The Other Sinners, Patti Parks Band and more. There will be local shopping vendors and artisans on site.

The event will be held Indoors, so the weather won’t be an issue. Tickets will be available at the door. Pre-sale ticket available at TicketLeap. Tickets are $20 GA, and $35 VIP. VIP tickets enjoy front of stage preferred seating (chairs provided).
The Friends of the Blues presents The Final Show April 26
(BOURBONNAIS, IL) - The Friends of the Blues present — The Final Show featuring Too Slim and the Taildraggers Tuesday, April 26, 7pm, on the patio at the Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club (2672 Chippewa Dr.) Bourbonnais, Illinois. There is a cover charge and food and beverages available for purchase, and there will be Door Prizes.

It seems fitting that the last show being promoted by current Friends of the Blues leaders, James and Susan Walker, and their first show in 1999 would be the same band, Too Slim and the Taildraggers from the State of Washington. The Friends of the Blues is a local free group of live music lovers. Their earliest incarnation, “Wooden Boxes and Steel Strings,” had their initial experiment of bringing big name artists to our area when Too Slim and The Taildraggers first performed in the Kankakee valley area at the former Kaper’s Hardware House in Watseka. Since then, Too Slim’s many return engagements have become much anticipated events.

In deciding to fold the tent, Walker stated, “My wife and I were ‘old’ when we started promoting these Friends of the Blues’ concert parties, and that was 16 years ago! Covid-19 killed our shows for 2020 and 2021 as well as wounding the entire entertainment industry. So, now seems like a good time for us to end with one final concert. It would be nice to find a new promoter to take over, but no one has yet stepped forward.”

Tim “Too Slim” Langford has been a monster guitarist and unabashed blues-rocker for 36 years. Langford has released 24 albums, the most recent being 2020’s, The Remedy. continue reading..
By James Walker/Iroquois County’s Times-Republic
St. Louis Blues One Day Fest
(ST. LOUIS, MO) - The Missouri History Museum, in collaboration with the National Blues Museum, will host "St. Louis Blues, a One-Day Fest" on Saturday, May 7, from 1pm-6pm. The free, one-day festival will explore blues music from its African roots to its contemporary expressions through live musical performances and activities for all ages. Visitors can also explore the Missouri History Museum’s popular St. Louis Sound exhibit. A high-energy performance by acclaimed St. Louis Blues musician Ms. Hy-C and Fresh Start — winner of the 2019 International Blues Challenge — will close out the one-day festival.

St. Louis Sound, is a 6,000-square-foot special exhibit at the Missouri History Museum that explores the history of popular music in St. Louis from the dawn of recorded sound in the late 1800s to the turn of the 21st century. A major section of the exhibit explores the origins and history of blues music in St. Louis including Deep Morgan and historic blues music venues.
The Missouri History Museum's beloved Twilight Thursdays’ concert series returns on May 12, and music lovers won't want to miss The Albert King Alumni Tribute Band event on June 2.
Piedmont Blues & Roots Festival Honors Native Sons May 14
(LAURENS, SC) - The City of Laurens, South Carolina will host the inaugural Piedmont Blues & Roots Festival on May 14, from 10am-10pm on the Historic Square (119 E. Laurens St.). Laurens has deep Blues roots with Piedmont artists like the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson who were both born and raised in Laurens County, and this event looks to embrace and celebrate these Blues roots annually.

The all-day festival will feature food, a custom bourbon cocktail, a vinyl record swap, a biscuit cook-off and eating contest, and the best Piedmont Blues out there. The 2022 lineup includes Veronika Jackson, Andy Cohen, Hunter Holmes, Freddie Vanderford, Ali Kafka, Lon Eldridge, Steve McGaha, and Chicago-based bluesman Joey J. Saye.

Event organizer Hunter Holmes, a Laurens’ native, musician and roots music aficionado, said the festival will honor the county’s most famous musicians. It will also pay homage to lesser-known artists who played roots music locally in the early 20th century, setting a path for blues, rock and country music that would be recorded by a plethora of artists following. 
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!
 Jan. 28 ~ Feb, 4, 2023 
Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam from Ft. Lauderdale to Ports TBA. Info & cabin pricing!
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More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
Blues Society News
Colorado Blues Society 9th Annual Member’s Choice Awards & Lifetime Achievement Awards April 24
(GOLDEN, CO) – The Colorado Blues Society's (CBS) 9th Annual Members' Choice Awards April 24 will be held at the Historic Buffalo Rose Saloon (1119 Washington Ave.) in Golden, Colorado. Doors open at noon, and the ceremony starts at 1pm. The event is all ages. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
The event will include performances by Vizztone recording artist, The Hector Anchondo Band; CBS' IBC Band winner, Deborah Stafford and the Night Stalkers; CBS's IBC solo/duo winner, Lex Quasar and the Sonic Stomp; and CBS' IBC youth showcase band, The Blue Shoes. The event will also include awarding the 2021 Members' Choice Awards, and the awarding of special Lifetime Achievement Awards.
All proceeds will go towards helping defray travel costs to Memphis for CBS International Blues Challenge (IBC) acts.
Video of the week
Guitar Shorty "This Is A Hard Life" (here at 78 years old)
RIP David "Guitar Shorty" Kearney
Sept 8, 1934 - April 20, 2022
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• International Guitar Month
• National Humor Month
• April 22 Earth Day
Birthdays upcoming of note:
April 14 Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield (1964-2020); April 15 Tommy Castro (1955), Bessie Smith (1894-1937); April 16 Sean Costello (1979-2008); April 18 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005), Alexis Korner (1928–1984); April 21-Clara Ward (1924-1973); April 22-George "Harmonica" Smith (1924-1983), Bullmoose Jackson (1919-1989); April 23-Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport (1894-1955); April 25-Albert King (1923 –1992); April 26-Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886-1939), Johnny" Shines (1915-1992), J. B. Hutto (1926-1983), Mike Finnegan (1945); April 27-Ann Peebles (1947), Michael Ledbetter (1985-2019); April 29-Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018), Otis Rush (1935), Frankie Lee (1941), April 30-Rev. Gary Davis (1896-1972), Mabel Scott (1915-2000), Frankie Lee Sims (1917-1970), Jimmie Lee Robinson (1931-2002) 
Just in case:

April 25 is "National Telephone Day." Did you know in 1876 Inventor Elisha Gray filed a patent for the telephone within hours of Alexander Graham Bell, but Bell's patent gets approved first. We've come a long, long way from a tin can and a string! HA! What would we have done without the telephone? Now we have "Smart" phones and barely use them to talk on!
Back in 1946 Louis Jordan declared, "Buzz me , buzz me baby, I'll be waiting for your call. If you forgot the number... come on over, you won't have to call at all." In 1951 Lightnin' Hopkins sounded a bit frustrated when he exclaimed, "Hello Central, will you please give me 209, yes, you know I wanna talk to my baby, oh Lord, she is way down the line." In 1956 Peewee Crayton worried, "The telephone is ringin', lord, and baby's on the line... I'm afraid to even answer, 'cause I know what's on her mind." John Lee Hooker cried, "I ain't got nobody now people, just me and my telephone." In 1960 Elmore James sounded pretty stoked when he sang, "I just talked to my baby, on the telephone, she said 'stop what you're doing and come on home... I can't hold out!'" Indeed... now we can barely holdout for the next new phone model!
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Juke Joint Festival
& Related Events
Apr-21-2022 - Apr-24-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Loreto Baja Blues Festival
Loreto, Mexico Baja

16th Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival
Fountain Inn, North Carolina USA 
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
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
Pinetop Perkins Boogie & Jam
Clarksdale, Mississippi USA
Kwadendamme Bluesfestival
May-12-2022 – May-15-2022
Kwadendamme, Netherlands
 Women In Blues
May-13-2022 – May-14-2022
Helena, Arkansas and
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
For festival-event links
please go to our website
 Simply Texas Blues Festival
San Angelo, Texas, USA
5th Annual Baton Rouge
Soul Food Festival 
May-14-2022 – May-15-2022
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Blues on Broadbeach
May-19-2022 – May-22-2022
Broadbeach, Australia
Carolina Blues Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Silver City Blues Festival
Silver City, New Mexico, 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 Annual
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!
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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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