|Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!|
|Here's Eddie 9V showing off his BFG at Blues From The Top, June 2022.|
Atlanta native, old-soul, multi-instrumental, 26 year old Ruf Recording blues-roots artist is said to be reinvigorating the South's proud roots scene and yes, he is soulful! Eddie says, “I studied the older cats and saw what made them groove and tick.”
His current touring band consists of Lane Kelly - bass/vocals, Chad Mason - keys, Aaron Hambrick - drums, Noah Sills - sax (select dates), and Daniel Wytanis - trombone (select dates).
Blues Blast says of Eddie 9V, "A huge talent to be noticed and followed.” Yes indeed!
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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|Limited VIP Tickets - Battle, Axe & Tracks - Oct. 1-2, 2022|
|(RENO, NV) - Maximize your event experience with our packed 2-day VIP experience tickets including upgraded amenities, lounge, parking, premium bars, light catering, restrooms, charging stations, meet and greets with select artists, free access to the Axe Battle and more.|
Located just 5 minutes from the festival site of Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, book your room now and be in the heart of the action plus receive complimentary shuttle service to and from the venue when you stay at one of these three resorts – Eldorado, Silver Legacy, or Circus Circus, known as THE ROW. Battle, Axe & Tracks is thrilled to partner with Caesars Entertainment, Inc. bringing together this fantastic collection of properties and experiences under one umbrella. Discounted room rates are available now through September 15, starting at just *$69 (limited availability).
Taking over six contiguous city blocks, the properties offer all the amenities you’d come to expect from Caesars including world-class gaming, impeccable cuisine, luxury rooms and spacious suites – all in the heart of Reno’s bustling downtown.
This multi-day music festival combines 2 days, 2 stages and 16 performances for one unforgettable weekend in the Biggest Little City in the World. Headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmie Vaughan, Samantha Fish and the Robert Randolph Band share the stage with the best emerging and established rock and blues musicians today. View artist bios. See festival schedule here.
Keeping the fun going, take a turn with axe throwing and games, tour the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Museum, craft beer tasting garden and local food vendors. Check out our experiences here.
For your Friday entertainment, look for itineraries to explore the Reno-Tahoe area attractions and historic cities in Northern Nevada.
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|Music legends Buddy Guy. John Hiatt and Sonny Landreth Join Forces|
|Blues stalwart, 86-year-old Buddy Guy and prolific, influential songwriter John Hiatt & The Goners featuring slide guitar master Sonny Landreth, will perform in concert Saturday August 6th at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida.|
They are not only fine and soul-deep entertainers, but they are full-on influencers!
Hiatt has been sharing his profound catalog of original music for over four decades and in that time his natural prowess has served many an artist well. Artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Bettye LaVette, Albert Lee, Kenny Neal, Shaun Murphy, Joe Louis Walker, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy and countless more garnered hits with his tunes.
The title of Buddy Guy's latest album, The Blues Is Alive and Well, says it all for this international, legendary blues treasure. Says Guy, “I’m always trying to make an album that someone accidentally plays where some kid hears it, picks up a guitar, and helps keep the blues alive.” Many artists have also had hits thanks to Guy’s writing like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Bernard Allison and many more.
Sonny Landreth is right up there himself as an awe-inspiring example and deliverer of solid musicianship as well as hits for himself and others like the Neville Brothers with “Congo Square,” and Charlie Musselwhite’s cover of “Shooting For The Moon,” among others penned.
If you miss this spectacular gathering of talent, Guy, and Hiatt featuring Landreth will be performing in concert again at the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Weds Sept 14th, Sept 15 at Pike’s Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sept 18th at the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hiatt and Landreth also have several shows coming up together that are sure to be dazzling and introspective.
|Friday’s MVBF Main acts include Kevin Burt and Billy Branch|
|(DAVENPORT, IA) - Blues Fest 2022 will be held Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa. Along with top talent, there's food vendors and merchandise. Fest tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the gate. 16 and younger are free with a paying adult!|
Appearing on the Main stage Friday are Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley.
Kevin Burt is the award-winning singer, songwriter, harp player, and guitarist who is a multiple Blues Music Award nominee and the 2019 International Blues Challenge winner in three categories.
Chicago’s Billy Branch, the harmonica player and singer, three-time Grammy nominee, retired two-term governor of the Chicago Grammy Chapter, Emmy Award winner, and a winner of the Addy Award, is also founder of the Blues in The Schools program format. In addition, he has received numerous humanitarian and music awards.
Look for more on the other Friday headliners next week.
Saturday’s Main Stage artists include Ivan Singh, Altered Five Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison.
On the Tent Stage Friday is Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk, and Saturday, it’s Kent Burnside, The Soul Searchers, and The Matt Woods Band.
|Blues Veteran Tommy McCoy|
|Guitarist, singer, songwriter, recording artist Tommy McCoy's 2022 tour to Finland has been postponed. This is the third year in a row the Wood Shack Rock festival (aka LiiteriRock), in Oulu Finland, has restricted all acts to locals only, postponing all international artists. McCoy has been guaranteed a slot in next year's line up.|
Tommy McCoy is a 45+-year veteran of the Ohio and Florida blues scenes. He's toured Finland with brother, Atlanta blues bassman Mark McCoy, and has extensive tour experience in Norway, the UK, Germany, Greece and domestically.
Tommy has taken advantage of this time and will be recording at his studio with Rick Hartley in Ohio for two weeks in August. For booking or further information about Tommy McCoy, contact him via email.
|Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?|
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|• Western New York Blues Society’s 2022 Blues Festival|
• Washington Blues Society's "Gas Station Blues" series
|(HEMLOCK, NY) - The Western New York Blues Society’s 2022 Blues Festival will be held Sat Sept 10 at the Hemlock Fair Grounds, Hemlock, New York, 1pm-7pm under a covered arena.|
Headliners at The Nighthawks who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary! Also appearing are Mississippi Heat, and Tommy Z.
The festival will benefit the WNYBS which supports Blues in The schools. Memphis Bound, and Nuts “N Bolts.
Bring a chair. Camping is available via Hemlock Fair Grounds. No pets, outside coolers or beverages allowed. Beer, wine and cider will be available for purchase. Parking is free.
Tickets at Eventbrite or use the QR code. (click poster to enlarge)
(ISSAQUAH, WA) - In partnership with the Washington Blues Society, the Downtown Issaquah Association present Thursday night "Gas Station Blues" series now through Aug 25 from 7-9pm at the Historic Shell Station (232 Front Street North. Issaquah, Washington).
Come early and picnic on the grass or enjoy one of the fantastic art galleries or restaurants along the hip, eclectic Front Street before the show. A free, all ages event open to the public.
|Bubba and The Big Bad Blues :: DRIFTING|
|For Drifting, Southern California guitarist and singer/songwriter, Christopher “Bubba” Clerc, enlisted drummer producers, Tony Braunagel and Nick D’Virgilio. To quote Braunagel “Drummers make good producers because drummers count everything off, make everything have a pace, make everything have an atmosphere, drive everything forward, and listen more than people think they do.”|
Clerc’s been leading his powerhouse band for over a decade along with veteran drummer Jason “JR” Lozano and bassist Doug “Mug” Swanson. Half of the sessions’ ten original tracks and two choice covers took place at Ultra Tone Studios in Studio City, California, where Braunagel’s produced many award-winning records, bringing in the Phantom Blues Horns’ (Joe Sublett on sax) and ace keyboardist Mike Finnigan (R.I.P.). The second half was recorded at Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Nick D’Virgilio; (Tears for Fears, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, etc.) who’s been voted a Top 10 progressive rock drummer of all time. They meshed their unique voices with Bubba’s to build the Big Bad Blues sound that’s a mixture of Texas Blues, SoCal Blues Rock, Southern Soul and New Orleans R&B.
From swinging “I Want To Make Love To You Baby,” to gritty rocker “Helping Hand,” to title track “Drifting” highlighting Bubba’s depth as a singer songwriter and a classic R&B arrangement from Richard “LaBamba” Rosenberg (Conan O'Brien, Springsteen, Southside Johnny), to blues rocker, “Do What’s Right,” Texas shuffle, “She’s Your Problem Now,” to “Amongst Butterflies,” where Bubba shows off his considerable guitar skills.
“Keep Moving On” a roots rock singalong, precedes Rick Solem (Dave Alvin’s Guilty Men) burning up the 88 keys, on rocker “I Own The Road.” It’s party time with “Lose These Blues,” then down-tempo blues “I’ve Been Down,” and rowdy Southern Rock ramble, “If You Need Me,” drip with greasy slide guitar. Acoustic ballad “My Love,” pays tribute to a lost loved one for a sparkling finale.
|Mighty Mike Schermer and Friends|
"Heaven's On The Other Side"
|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!
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• Month of August (okay, wacky) Holidays:|
"International Pirate, Catfish, Picnic, Peach, and Romance Awareness Month"... time to get your sexy, romantic picnic-self in gear!
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Aug 4-Louis Armstrong (1901-1971); Aug 6- Willie Lee Brown (1900–1952); Aug 7-Magic Slim Morris Holt (1937–2013), Annika Chambers-DesLauriers (1992); Aug 8-Joe Tex (1933-1982), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920–1997); Aug 10-Ronnie Spector (1945), Grego Anderson (1968), Leo Fender (1908-1991), Mighty Mike Schermer (1966); Aug 11-"Crying" Sam Collins (1887-1949), Aug 12-Percy Mayfield (1920-1984), Roy Gaines (1934-2021); Aug 13-Jimmy McCracklin (1921-2012); Aug 14-Larry Graham (1946), Son Seals (1942-2004); Aug 15-Buster Brown (1911-1976), Jackie Brenston (1930-1979), Bobby Byrd (1934-2007); Aug 16-Eddie Kirkland (1928-2011), Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (1915-1976); Aug 17-Luther Allison (1939-1997)
Just in Case: Aug 9th is "National Book Lovers Day." Books, much like songs, help us understand each other, feel less alone, and put our complex emotions into words. But I do love books for the photos and art as well. I can totally escape there. I have sat for hours on library floors looking at art or music type books. I've never been much of a "reader" per se, not like some friends I know. Maybe a bit of ADHD I admit. I'd be a champion of a "National Caption Day!" I learned an awful lot from the captions and photographs in National Geographic growing up. But I do love history and I read shorter books on occasion and books on blues history and artist biographies. There are some extraordinary, amazing pictorial books related to the blues as well as intensive reading. I Googled Blues books and unbelievably see a list of 900+! What's on your list?
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|Chippewa Music Festival|
Aug-04-2022 – Aug-06-2022
Durand, Wisconsin USA
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
Magic City Blues – Montana’s Urban Music Festival
Aug-05-2022 – Aug-06-2022
Billings, Montana, USA
Aug-05-2022 – Aug-07-2022
Noxon, Montana, USA
In The Market for Blues
Omaha’s Blues Fest
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Blues Against Hunger Society
BAHS Feedback Festival
Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
Aug-12-2022 – Aug-15-2022
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Waukesha Rotary BluesFest
Aug 12-2022 - Aug 13-2011
Delafield, Wisconsin 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
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Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Madison, Indiana, USA
Big Bull Falls Blues Fest
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-20-2022
Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival 25th Annual
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Thornton, New Hampshire, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-19-2022 – Aug-21-2022
Edmonton , Alberta, Canada
Big Blues Bender
Aug-25-2022 – Aug-28-2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Trinidaddio Blues Fest
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug-26-2022 – Aug-27-2022
Springfield, Illinois, USA
Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn
Sep-02-2022 – Sep-04-2022
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
Sep-09-2022 – Sep-11-2022
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
AimLoan.com San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
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