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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 15, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 37

Show us your BFG
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
CD & DVD Releases
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
Me and the Devil Blues
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Festival-Event Calendar
About Us 
News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Video of the Week 
Birthdays & Just In Case
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
We continue to stay optimistic! 
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Photo Moments with the 20th Annual BFG Magazine!
The ever-personable Tab Benoit enjoys a cigar after his set at the 2022 Blues From The Top in Winter Park, Colorado.
Between Louisiana native Tab Benoit's downhome, humorous banter and the combo of his mighty potent swamp, soul, and Chicago blues, he and his power trio are a force to be reckoned with.
Benoit is also founder of his Whiskey Bayou record label and the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, a nonprofit organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state.
Photo: Marilyn Stringer
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News Flash... 
Inaugural Festival Brings in Grammy-Award Winning Musicians
(RENO, NV) - For a first-year festival, the two-day Battle, Axe & Tracks’ headliners are impressive… 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, known by the words, “young blues rock guitarist” has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five GRAMMY® nominations and two Billboard Music Awards.

Jimmie Vaughan is a four-time Grammy-winner has been playing the blues he hears in his head and feels in his heart for over a half-century.  Samantha Fish has earned a place in the top rank of contemporary blues guitarists with a voice that can wring the soul out of a ballad and belt out a rocker with roof-shaking force.

Robert Randolph Band, Grammy-nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album, grew up playing sacred steel music literally growing up in church. 

These are just four of the 16 artists headlining the inaugural Battle, Axe & Tracks event, an intimate 2-day music festival taking place in Reno, Nevada this October 1-2, 2022. 

Two-day passes available as well as VIP tickets that include upgraded amenities, lounge, parking, premium bars, light catering, meet and greets with select artists and more.

Discounted room rates available through September 15, starting at just *$69 (limited availability), for the Eldorado, Silver Legacy, or Circus Circus – collectively THE ROW

Thursday night is the Biggest Little City Axe Battle with 10 guitarists going head-to-head to claim a spot for their band on the Sunday schedule. 

Tickets on sale now at Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news about the event and artists. 
The MVBF moment is finally here for you to indulge in!
(DAVENPORT, IA) – This weekend. September 16-17, the 2022 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest (MVBF) will be going down at the historic LeClaire Park in Davenport, Iowa.
Appearing on the Main Stage Friday and Saturday are award-winning artists including Kevin Burt and Big Medicine, Billy Branch and Sons of The Blues, Joe Louis Walker, and Sue Foley, Ivan Singh, Altered Five Band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison.

Appearing on the Tent Stage Friday is Avey Grouws Band, and Molly Nova & The Hawk and on Saturday it's The Matt Woods Band, The Soul Searchers, and Kent Burnside. 
Along with all this great talent on two stages, there will feature food vendors and merchandise.
Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate. No cover for attendees 16 and younger with paying adult!
Bukka White Blues Festival Oct 8 honors native son
(ABERDEEN, MS) - Saturday, October 8th at the Lock And Dam Road Blue Bluff Recreation Area in Aberdeen, Mississippi is the Bukka White Blues Festival.

Kicking off the live music at 12pm is the Kevin Waide Project, followed by Stormy, Alvis Hatch & Peoples Praise Band, Queen Ireta & Blues Band Revue, Crossroads Band, Sean Bad Apple, Lady Trucker, R.L. Boyce, and Honey Bee.

Activities include food trucks, kayak rentals, inflatables, the SCA Steak Cook Off, Ribs on the River, Southern Best Catfish Tournament, G & J Petting Zoo, Animalogy with Bob Tarter, and face painting.
The festival was recently named a “Best of Mississippi Travel Attraction” by Mississippi Magazine.

Aberdeen native son and Delta blues legend Booker White (aka Bukka White) had a huge voice and a thick, penetrating rhythmic style on the National guitar and piano — a presence like no other. In his colorful past, he had played baseball in the Negro Leagues, was a Golden Gloves boxer, and did time at Parchman Farm.
The Bukka White Blues Festival features blues legends and emerging talent alike over Columbus Day Weekend, each October. The festival honors Aberdeen’s bluesman, Bukka White, famous for his original song, “Aberdeen Blues.” Booker “Bukka” White is featured on Mississippi Blues Trail Marker located in Aberdeen.
King Biscuit Blues Festival Oct 5-8 features over 80 acts
(HELENA, AR) – It’s the Biscuit baby! Nothing like the real thing!

Founded in 1986, the King Biscuit Blues Festival is one of the nation’s foremost showcases of blues music. Held for three full days (plus the bonus "Warm Up Wednesday” the evening before) annually in October, tens of thousands of blues enthusiasts converge on historic downtown Helena, Arkansas to hear stirring and uplifting performances of an American art form on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Consisting of five stages (including the levee-top amphitheater “Main Stage”), a wide variety of buskers (street musicians), supplementary events (including the Flour Power 5k Run, the Tour da Delta bicycle race, and a Kansas City sanctioned BBQ Contest), food and arts/crafts vendors galore, and one-of-a-kind shopping in the eclectic shops and boutiques of historic downtown Helena, there is truly something for everyone.

The unbelievable lineup this year includes The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bobby Rush, Mavis Staples, The Devon Allman Project with Larry McCray and Jimmy Hall. You need to click through here to see the 80+ acts appearing over the 4 day event.
PBPS Blues & Foods Market Series Sept 25 and Oct 23rd

(GREENSBORO, NC) - Piedmont Blues Preservation Society presents the Blues and Foods Market Series, Sunday Sept 25th and Sunday Oct 23rd, at Renaissance Shops, 2521 Phillips Ave, Greensboro, North Carolina. 

The live music concert series will provide fun in the form of performances, cultural access and resources to community members. PBPS Blues & Foods Market is a FREE music event with the mission of raising awareness for Equity in the Arts and Food Equity. Join us for live music, market vendors, community resources, and food vendors at Renaissance Shops.
Come meet your neighbors and take a break on a Sunday afternoon!
Live music lineup: Sunday, Sept 25th 1pm-5pm Candi “Sugafoot” Herbin. Sunday, October 23rd 1pm-5pm Nick Hayes & Cufflinx.
PBPS is seeking volunteers for their free community Blues & Foods Market on September 25th. Various daytime volunteer shifts are available. If interested in volunteering you can sign up here.
Which Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Hits Your Groove?
Bluesin’ is back baby! LRBC #37 Coming right up!
Join Waitlist for #38! PreBook #39 now!
LRBC #37
Sea Of Cortez
Just a few Cabins left!
Over 98+% Sold…
Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 5, 2022
San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Sailing on Holland America’s ms Koningsdam
Band Lineup, Cabin Availability & More Here!
LRBC #38 Eastern Caribbean
Cabins SOLD OUT &
Wait List is HOT!
Jan. 28 ~ Feb. 4, 2023
Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. John, St. Maarten & Half Moon Cay (Bahamas Private Island). Sailing on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Statendam.
 Band Lineup, Cabin Pricing & More HereJoin the Waitlist by visiting here or call (816) 753-7979
LRBC #39 Mexican Riviera
Pro-Book Now! 
Oct. 28 ~ Nov. 4, 2023
Sailing on Holland America's ms Koningsdam from San Diego, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. By placing a fully-refundable deposit of $500 per cabin, you'll reserve a space in line to book once the band announcement is made (likely in December).
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO | (816) 753-7979 | 
 More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival…
More Than You Can Imagine!
The Best Blues Experience on the Planet! 
Blues Society News
Central Iowa Blues Society presents the 2022 Iowa Blues Challenge Sept 18 + their 30th Anniversary Party Sept 25
(Des Moines, IA ) - The 2022 Iowa Blues Challenge will be held this Sunday September 18, 1-6pm at Lefty’s Live Music (2307 University) in Des Moines, Iowa. Cover charge at the door is $5. 
Sets are 20 minutes with 15 between challengers. Beginning at 1pm it’s the Avey Grouws Band (Band), then The Beggars Bargain (Solo/Duo), The Neighbors (Band), Frank Strong & Cindy Grill (Solo/Duo), Buckmiller Schwager Band (Band), Tom Spielbauer (Solo/Duo), Ronley King Blues Band (Band), and Dewey Cantrell (Solo/Duo) wrapping from 5:20-5:40pm. 
Participating acts are vying for cash, opportunities for paid gigs (including but not limited to the 2023 Winter Blues Fest), and a travel expense stipend for the 2023 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, presented by The Blues Foundation.
Coming up for the CIBS is their 30th Anniversary party September 25 at Riverview Park. 710 Corning Ave., in Des Moines. Acts performing are Scotty & The Wingtips, The Matt Woods Band, Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns, and Blues Bureau. All ages welcome. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged. No outside food or beverages allowed. Concessions and food trucks will be available to purchase food and beverages. This party is a free, family-friendly fun! 
CD & DVD Releases
Jim Dan Dee :: REAL BLUES
Canadian bands have long held onto a more muscular Midwestern aesthetic when it comes to straight ahead blues & rock. Toronto-based quartet, Jim Dan Dee, carries that spirit forward picking up the torch of groups like Foghat, Pat Travers, Rory Gallagher, George Thorogood, and Canned Heat to name a few, who reimagined the works of the original blues pioneers into a heavier, riff-oriented sound and feel.

Led by the group’s namesake, Jim "Dan Dee" Stefanuk (Steff-an-uk), whose soulful baritone voice and gritty vintage guitar tone blaze the trail while the rock-solid rhythm section of drummer Shawn “Stix” Royal and Dwayne “Gameshow” Lau (La-ow) on bass, drive the bus, and the energetic saxophone of Jason “Bobby” Sewerynek (Sue-war-neck) weaves in and out of the melody and the guitar lines adding spice and dynamic support to the sizzling song selection.

The band’s sophomore full-length album, Real Blues, is a selection of ten new originals and a heartfelt cover of a blues classic. Eddie Jones, better known as Guitar Slim, was a New Orleans blues guitarist best known for writing "The Things That I Used to Do,” which Stefanuk and the band take quite seriously while paying tribute to the late great master with the opening cover.
A fun-loving dance floor swinger follows, then a deep dive into the emotional landscape of melancholy, loss, and despair, a New Orleans street beat stirs into a fiery gumbo groover, followed by a slinky blues grinder, a rock ‘n’ roll retro radio vibe, then a Delaware Destroyers styled rocker, a brooding Seattle-style acid rock, some bump and grind blues, inventive swing showing off the tandem assault of guitar and sax, and then wrapping with a swampy boogie.
"The Things That I Used To Do" 
Video of the Week 
Taj Mahal - "Ain't That A Lot Of Love" w-Jesse Ed Davis
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide 
20th Annual Blues Festival Guide Magazine 
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 is available on our website! Click the image at left to read and enjoy all 84 pages. Turn on the speaker to hear Tulle Brae singing "Seven Bridges."
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 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!
Birthdays & Just In Case
Just In Case... plus Holidays & Birthdays
• International Peace Day Sept 21
• Native American Day Sept 21
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 15-Silas Hogan (1911-1994), Snooky Pryor (1921-2006); Sept 16-B.B. King (1925-2015), Little Willie Littlefield (1931-2013), Billy Boy Arnold (1935); Sept 17-Henry Butler (1948-2019); Sept 18-Vanessa Collier (1987); Sept 19-Brook Benton (1931-1988), Bill Medley (1940), David Bromberg (1945), Scott Bradlee (Post Modern Jukebox 1981); Sept 21-Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Jesse Ed Davis (1944-1988 pictured); Sept 23-Roy Buchanan (1939-1988), Ray Charles (1930-2004), Fenton Robinson (1935-1997), Tiny Bradshaw (1907-1958); Mighty Joe Young (1927-1999); Sept 24- Tarheel Slim aka Alden Bunn (1924-1977), Chick Willis (1934-2013), Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929); Sept 25-Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (1936-1996), Sept 27- Bob Corritore (1956), Larry "Mud" Morganfield (1957); Sept 28- Koko Taylor (1928-2009), Ben E. King (1938), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (1954); Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949)
Just in Case: September 19 is "National Women Road Warrior Day." This brought to mind touring blues women. Now it may sound glamourous but touring has it's challenges and certainly for women as well. Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith (whom Ma took under her wing), started out with traveling minstrel shows. "During the decade of the 1920s, it was the women singers that dominated the early blues recordings. Many or them came from the black vaudeville houses that provided employment for these artists. Another source of exposure for their talents was with the Theater Owner’s Booking Association (T.O.B.A.) where they would perform on stage in small towns and metropolitan cities throughout the country." writes MojoHand. "They traveled from state to state with the “Medicine Show” or the vaudeville circuit, spreading the blues to the public." They paved the road for the countless blues women road warriors touring today.
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Due to space constraints
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Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Sep-16-2022 – Sep-17-2022
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Blues in Bisbee
Bisbee, Arizona, USA

Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Festival
Sep-23-2022 – Sep-24-2022
Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA
Blues and Bones Festival
Angels Camp, California, USA
Tall City Blues Fest
Midland, Texas, USA
Gainesville Acoustic
Blues Showcase
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Redwood Coast
Music Festival
Sep-29-22 - Oct-02-2022
Eureka, CA, USA
Blues On The Mesa
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Mules & Blues
Marks, Mississippi, USA
Battle, Axe & Tracks
Blues Festival
Oct-01-2022 – Oct-02-2022
Reno, Nevada, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-05-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
Oxford Blues Festival
Oct-06-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Oxford, Mississippi, USA
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
25th Annual Carolina
Downhome Blues Festival 
Oct-06-2022 – Oct-09-2022
Camden, South Carolina, USA
Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-07-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Forgotten Music Festival
Oct-08-2022 – Oct-09-2022
Port St. Joe, Florida, USA

Bukka White Blues Festival
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA

Cathead Mini Blues Fest
Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-14-2022 – Oct-16-2022
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

DC Blues Festival
Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Bluestock in Texas
Oct-21-2022 – Oct-22-2022
Bellville, Texas, USA
Legendary Rhythm
& Blues Cruise 
Oct-29-2022 – Nov-05-2022
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
Blues Heaven Festival
Nov-11-2022 – Nov-12-2022
Frederikshavn, Denmark

Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Nov-18-2022 – Nov-20-2022
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-02-2022 – Dec-03-2022
Bradenton , Florida, USA 
We continue to stay optimistic! 
We're thinking of you.. here's to good health & good music!
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