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Blues Festival Guide
July 7, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 27

July 28
thru Aug 25
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Blues Society News
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
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Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
We continue to stay optimistic! 
News Flash... 
CD & DVD Releases
Video of the Week 
Intros & Outros... 
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
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Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!
Here's singer, producer, piano madman, Grammy nominated, multi-award-winning entertainer Victor Wainwright at Blues From The Top in Winter Park, Colorado June 25!
Wainwright is a "raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare." He serves up boogie, barrelhouse, blues, New Orleans' flavors and much more. Yes, a force to be reckoned with and a super happy on at that!
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News Flash... 
Trinidaddio Blues Fest Trinidaddio Blues Fest Aug 26-Aug 27
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(TRINIDAD, CO) - The Trinidaddio Blues Fest, the annual, premiere blues event in Southern Colorado, will be happening Aug 26-Aug 27 in Trinidad, Colorado at Main and Commercial Streets. The Trinidaddio Blues Fest is free but donations are accepted and appreciated.
Headlining Saturday night is Sugaray Rayford, the Grammy nominated soul-blues singer and songwriter who's released six albums to date and been awarded “BMA Soul Blues Artist of the Year” in both 2019 and 2020.
Performing right before Sugaray on Saturday is Grammy Award Nominee and winner of two Blues Music Awards, Mark Hummel and Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout.

Headlining Friday night is Mark Hummel’s Tribute to James Cotton with the James Cotton Blues Band featuring Rico McFarland, who played guitar for such artists as Cotton and Lucky Peterson, seasoned guitarist Tom Holland (Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings), and award-winning harmonica prodigy, 29 year old Kyle Rowland.
The Cash Box Kings, 8x BMA Nominees, co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica giant and singer Joe Nosek perform Saturday.

Also who performing Saturday is Ken Saydak, a pianist, organist, accordionist, writer, vocalist, and producer who currently hosts a two-hour weekly blues radio program, The Trinidaddio Blues Hours in Southern Colorado. Saydak's set will feature special guest, 10x BMA Nominee, contemporary soul-blues singer/harp man, Tad Robinson.

Los Albuquerque Blues Connection, one of New Mexico's longest running, hard boogying blues outfits and fierce disciples of John Lee Hooker play Friday. Zakk DeBono & the Broken Circle are Trinidad’s native 60s-style, blues-rockin' sons perform Friday before the James Cotton Tribute Band.
Friday kicks off with Deborah Stafford & the Night Stalkers at 6pm and Saturday kicks off with Robbie & the Reckless at 4pm.
No coolers, pets, outside food or drink, umbrellas, or video equipment allowed.
Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival July 29-31
(BELLINGHAM, WA) - The 25th Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival will take up where they left off before Covid shut live music down. Join them July 29-31 at the Deming Log Show Fairgrounds, located 9 miles East of Bellingham.

In 2013, they won America's highest honor, the "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for the top Blues Festival in America. They have worked hard to bring the very best acts from years before.

An All-Star lineup promises to bring the magic of the past 24 years alive once again. Superstars on the bill include; Ana Popovic, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Southern Avenue, Shane Dwight, Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Hamilton Loomis, and Kal David. The top local and regional acts and an all-star, after hours jam round off this spectacular lineup!

Arguably, the best venue in Washington, The Deming Log Show Fairgrounds (2395 Cedarville, Rd., Bellingham, Washington) has it all. Flush toilets, H&C running water, dump station on-site, and an indoor Jam Venue. Beer Gardens both outdoors and indoors and food vendors on-site to provide a perfect festival experience.

All Ages. Tickets non-refundable (taxes are included in ticket price).
Celebrating Blues Veterans at the Delta Blues Museum 
(CLARKSDALE, MS) - The Delta Blues Museum is again a proud participant of the Blue Star Museum Program benefitting active-duty military personnel and their families and are offering free admission to them now through Labor Day. "We are pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts to honor the men and women who are serving our country," Museum Director Shelley Ritter says. "Museum reservations can be made online, and walk-ups are also welcome."
Several Delta blues artists served in the U.S. military, among them Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, B.B. King, Bukka White, John Bray, John Lee Hooker, and Josh “Razorblade” Stewart. Hear their recordings on Delta Blues, a two-CD set produced exclusively for the Delta Blues Museum.
Take a virtual field trip/video tour drawn from the Museum’s exhibits and the Explore & Learn educational feature, The Blues & The Great Migration, to follow paths taken out of the Delta by blues artists. See historic photos of the Delta sites that birthed the blues in Panny Mayfield’s Live from the Delta. Trace the trail of the Delta blues masters from home to the world in Chasing the Blues, a new travel guide to the “land where the blues began.” View our current exhibit about Trumpet Records, which recorded U.S. Navy veteran Elmore James’ classic, “Dust My Broom.” Find more info here. Click image to shop.
Backroads Blues Festival kicks off in August
Blues rock artist and five-time GRAMMY® nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd will kick off the inaugural run of his Backroads Blues Festival in August which he serves as both curator and featured performer. He'll be joined by blues legend Buddy Guy and young blues phenom and recent GRAMMY® winner Christone "Kingfish" Ingram. The festival will be held Aug 13 at Bold Point Park, Providence, Rhode Island; Aug 14 at Bethel Woods, the site of the original Woodstock in Bethel, New York; Aug 16 at the Artpark Amphitheater in Lewiston, New York; Aug 18 at Springfield Symphony Hall in Springfield Massachusetts; and Aug 21 at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth, Virginia.
“These days nobody mounts a traditional touring blues festival," says Shepherd when sharing his vision for the Backroads Blues Festival. "I conceptualized one that will give people a chance to see the best of the best all in one place. We are extremely excited that Buddy Guy will be with us for each show. He is, after all, the living king of the blues these days. Also worthy of great respect is Christone "Kingfish" Ingram who is revitalizing the blues in a potent and powerful way."
Shepherd says the overall concept for Backroads Blues Festival is an extension of his award winning earlier 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads film and album project that saw him bring his band and a portable studio on the road to join forces with both notable and unheralded blues artists documenting those collaborations along the way including Etta Baker, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Hubert Sumlin and B.B. King, among others.

“In the past, I really looked forward to those blues packages both as a fan and as an artist, so I decided to bring the concept back with the Backroads Blues Festival tour.”
Blues Society News
Sault Blues Society "Friday Night Blues"
(SAULT ST. MARIE, ONT, CANADA) - The Sault Blues Society is pleased to be working with Roteryfest to bring a Blues Night on Friday July 15th to the Stage 2, which is behind the Art Gallery of Algoma (10 East Street on the shore of the St. Marys River). Opening act the Swamp Cats are up at 5:30pm; Big Wheel and the Spokes are at 6:30pm; Smokehouse is at 7:30pm; and closing the evening out is Rusty McCarthy at 8:30pm. Enjoy responsibly.
CD & DVD Releases
 Delbert McClinton :: OUTDATED EMOTION
Four-time Grammy® Award winner Delbert McClinton celebrates his coming-of-age musical heroes and influences with his 27th studio album, Outdated Emotion (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). The 19-track collection features Hank Williams, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, and Little Richard standards, as well as five original songs written or cowritten by McClinton.

Delbert had spent much of the COVID isolation in Kevin McKendree’s Rock House Studio in Nashville. This new album brings his music back to where it started. Outdated Emotion pays homage to McClinton’s earliest influences, Hank Williams and Jimmy Reed with a salute to Ray Charles and Little Richard, as well as five of his own compositions, influenced by the sounds of his heroes.

Along with Kevin and his son, musical prodigy Yates McKendree, Delbert has created the album he has often dreamed of.

“I’ve always wanted to do an album of the songs that influenced me the most. Hank Williams songs, Jimmy Reed songs, and songs that I love. And this was the perfect time to do it. It’s important music from another time. It’s music that people need to hear again, or for the first time… There is a whole generation, maybe two generations now, who don’t know this music. My whole idea here was to show them how it was and how we got here. Hank Williams, Jimmy Reed, Lloyd Price, Ray Charles….”

Delbert remembers where he was when he heard his first Hank Williams song. And he knew he wanted to play music for a living when he first heard Jimmy Reed.

Delbert had succeeded in creating his own genre, a melting pot of American music. Outdated Emotion brings Delbert McClinton full circle to the songs that started it all.

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Video of the Week 
Little Charlie & Anson Funderburgh - "Side Tracked"
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine Digital Edition Released on our website
You can not only get a hard copy of the magazine via select festivals, blues societies or by ordering, but our 20th Anniversary digital edition of the Blues Festival Guide has been launched and is available on our website! Click the image at left to read and enjoy all 84 pages. Don't forget to turn on the speaker to hear Tulle Brae singing "Seven Bridges."
Blues music is America’s original roots music. It is still being picked on the front porches of tar-paper shacks, but just as frequently, it is fired up loud and proud in front of a barroom (or festival) crowd.

Blues reflects hardship, trouble and strife, but also perseverance and strength of character – to know the blues is to be in touch with your true spirit and soul. The Blues Festival Guide is committed to the process of presenting blues to a wider audience, and as you know, offers our weekly, electronic newsletter: Blues Festival E-Guide (free subscription) and the popular annual national print (and digital) magazine which comes out each spring.
Blues legend Bobby Rush calls our magazine: "The roadmap to everything blues". Indeed, the articles offer something for everyone, all blues related, of course. This year’s engaging editorial from aficionados in the blues community includes articles from Grammy winner Victor Wainwright, Mitch Woods, Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and Roger Stolle among others.
Our cover by photographer Marilyn Stringer features the talented Tullie Brae and Calvin Johnson at the 2021 North Atlantic Blues Festival!
You can also order your own hard copy here!
Intros & Outros... 
Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case
• July 13 is a "Supermoon"
• July 20 National Moon Day... 
   to honor man's first moon landing
Birthdays upcoming of note:
July 7-Pinetop Perkins (1913-2011); July 8-Louis Jordan (1908-1975), Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), Larry Garner (1952), July 9-Jack White (1975); July 10-Mavis Staples (1939), Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records guru (1947), Casey Bill Weldon (1909-1970), Barrelhouse Chuck (1958-2016), Blind Boy Fuller (1907-1941), "Little" Charlie Baty (1953-2020); July 11-Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); July 14-Claude & Clifford Trenier (1919); July 15-Willie Cobbs (1932); Washboard Sam aka Robert Brown (1910–1966); July 16-Denise LaSalle (1939-2018); July 17-Peppermint Harris (1925–1999)
Just in case: July 11 is "Cheer Up the Lonely Day." How could yomake a lonely person happy? Well, a phone call, a card, a visit in person would be great... and what about music? I bet if you ask yourself what artists or even what song you could share to engage someone you might end up with a lot of great choices. We know music is a profound healer and stirs the soul, and sharing in general is a gift. Share yourself and your music whether just a song or a full on performance.
July 13, 2022, a “Super Buck Moon” (according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac) will occur. It will also be a "Supermoon," the biggest full moon of the year because it will be closer to Earth than in any other month. The July full moon is also known as the "Thunder Moon" because thunderstorms are so prevalent during the month of July.
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Billboard & iTunes #1 Blues Albums
Billboard/iTunes #1 Blues Albums - as of July 7, 2022
#1 Billboard
Nothing But The Blues
#1 iTunes
Keep On Rollin
Note: iTunes rankings change very often. 
This is #1 as of e-Guide publishing time, however,
this week kept timing out so we had to rely on
a diff source, so not positive if as accurate today
Festival-Event Calendar
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Due to space constraints
Not all upcoming Blues festivals/events are listed here
For a complete list & links see our comprehensive website
NOTE: Highlighted/Linked events
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Russell City Awareness
Blues Series
Every Saturday thru Jul-30-2022
Hayward, California, 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
Vallemaggia, Switzerland

Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Jul-07-2022 – Jul-09-2022
Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, USA

Grassroots Blues Festival
Jul-08-2022 – Jul-09-2022
Duck Hill, Mississippi, USA
Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival
Jul-09-2022 – Jul-10-2022
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Tremblant International
Blues Festival
Jul-14-2022 – Jul-16-2022
Mount Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Jul-15-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Winthrop, Washington, USA
28th Annual Cincy Blues Fest
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
North Richmond Music Festival
Jul-16-2022 - Sept-24-2022
Richmond, California, USA
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Jul-16-2022 – Jul-17-2022
Rockland, Maine, USA
 Mac Arnold’s 80th Birthday Gratitude Celebration
Anderson, South Carolina, USA
Blast Furnace Blues
at Steelstacks
Jul-22-2022 – Jul-24-2022
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
Calgary Int'l Blues Festival
Jul-25-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
 Prairie Dog Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-30-2022
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, USA

Fargo Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022
Fargo , North Dakota, USA

Mt Baker Rhythm
and Blues Festival
Jul-29-2022 – Jul-31-2022 Washington, USA

Kitchener Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Mammoth Lakes, California USA

Notodden Blues Festival
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Notodden, Norway

Magic City Blues – Montana’s Urban Music Festival
Aug-05-2022 – Aug-06-2022
Billings, Montana, USA

In The Market for Blues
Omaha’s Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-15-2022
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Heritage Music BluesFest
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Bayfront Blues Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Duluth, Minnesota, USA

Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-14-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Chenango Blues Festival
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Norwich, New York, USA
We continue to stay optimistic! 
We're thinking of you.. here's to good health & good music!
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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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