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Blues Festival Guide
Sept 29, 2022
Vol 17/Issue 39

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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
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News Flash... 
Blues Society News
Video of the Week 
Birthdays & Just In Case
Billboard #1 Blues Albums
Radio Submit Roots Blues Chart 
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Here's the husband and wife team of seasoned guitarist Eric Lieberman and vocalist Alicia Aragon, founders of the popular and well respected San Diego-based blues band, Blue Largo, at the 2022 Gator By The Bay.

The Blue Largo band have been together since 1999 and released five albums to date. Their most recent, Got To Believe, will be celebrated with a CD release party planned for October 20th at Humphreys Backstage in San Diego.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
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The Blues Don’t Lie testifies Buddy Guy
For the follow up to his sixth Billboard #1 album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, Buddy reunited with his Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge, to bring us even more emotionally charged music with even more bone-chilling hard earned lyrics and lessons.
The Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner features guest appearances on this new LP from Mavis Staples, who guests on the forever timely and spellbinding “We Go Back.” He even partners with James Taylor on “Follow the Money,” a harmonious collaboration unmarred even by its focus on politics, sinister greed and more.

The Blues Don’t Lie is Buddy Guy’s follow up to his 2018 Billboard #1 Blues Album Chart lead The Blues Is Alive And Well, which debuted at #1, making it his thirteenth Top 10 Billboard Blues album. Always a welcomed return to music, he won “Best Blues Album” at the 2019 Grammy Awards. This all followed his 2015 album Born To Play Guitar, which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts and won “Best Blues Album” at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The recipient of the 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Buddy Guy’s incredible career spans over 50 years with just as many albums released. Career highlights include 8 Grammy Awards, 38 Blues Music Awards, the most any artist has had, a Kennedy Center Honors, NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement, Billboard Music Awards' Century Award for distinguished artistic development, Presidential National Medal of Arts, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.

At 86 years young, Guy proves that it gets greater later as he continues to record and tour around the world with performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater and more.
Pre-Order: “Gunsmoke Blues” feat. Jason Isbell
Stream: The Blues Don’t Lie 
Stay connected with Buddy Guy:
Artist Website | Buddy Guy LegendsFacebook | TwitterInstagram
Presenting the inaugural Battle, Axe & Tracks Music Festival Oct. 1-2
(RENO, NV) – The multi-day music festival descends upon Reno this weekend Oct. 1-2 at Rancho San Rafael Park. Battle, Axe and Tracks combines award-winning established and emerging rock, funk and blues musicians within the intimate setting of Rancho San Rafael Park located just five minutes from downtown Reno. The festival features live music, activities, food trucks, bars, a guitar battle and more.
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Keeping the experience intimate for attendees, only 4,000 tickets are being sold for this stacked lineup across two stages, plus unique experiences like axe throwing. Headliners include national #1 Billboard recording artist and eight-time Grammy Award nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd, powerhouse guitarist Samantha Fish, four-time Grammy winner Jimmie Vaughan and 10-time Grammy nominee Robert Randolph Band along with a curated lineup of nationally touring and local artists.

The event kicks off Thursday, Sept. 29 with a good ole’ fashion guitar competition, the “Axe Battle” at NoVi nightclub inside The Row. KOZZ’s Max Volume hosts the event and 10 finalists will be giving their all to earn a coveted spot in the weekend’s festival line-up. There is also a pre-concert on Friday night at Cypress with Los Coast performing at 9pm. Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 are dedicated to music with eight bands performing each day starting at 12pm.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Headliners Jimmie Vaughan and the Robert Randolph Band. Performers throughout the day include Six Mile Station, Jelly Bread, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Carolyn Wonderland, Los Coast, and Sue Foley.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Samantha Fish. Performers throughout the day include Ally Venable, King Solomon Hicks, Ian Moore, Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers, Eric Henry Andersen Band and the winner of the Axe Battle.

Weekend, Single-day, and VIP tickets are available online. For tickets and the full entertainment schedule, visit here.
Desert Blues Revival is delivering the goods
(PALM SPRINGS, CA) – Sit back and relax on the plush seating or get up and shake your thang to state-of-the-art sound and pristine acoustics and the soulful blend of authentic Blues, Soul, R&B and Rock from around the globe every Wednesday at "Desert Blues Revival" in the Cascade Lounge of the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs, California.

The Gand Band “Chicago Blues Caravan” is a 3-part series of concerts and their October 5th show features the “Queen of Steam” Michele Lundeen. Chicago natives and winners of the Coachella Valley Independent’s Best Local Band for two years running, the Gand’s are the dynamic husband and wife team who bring their Chicago sound to the desert. Veteran bluesman Gary Gand handles the six strings, driving the band, channeling a bit of Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck rolled into one. Keyboardist Joan Gand grooves on classic Hammond B-3 style organ and blues piano with inspiration from Booker T, Ray Charles, and Otis Spann. The band will be joined by a tight rhythm section and fronted by the passionate, powerful vocals and swagger of award-winning artist Michele Lundeen. Doors open 6pm and showtime is 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets range $15-$55 for the Oct 5 show and can be purchased online or at the door (card only). Venue is non-smoking and 21 and over.

Throughout the particular series of the Gand’s three “Chicago Blues Caravan” concerts, special guests joining them will also include the talented Ivy Ford (Nov 2), and Liz Mandeville (Dec 7).

Other artists coming up for Desert Blues Revival nights include Bill Magee Blues Band (Oct 12), Rumble King (Nov 9), Lester Land & Friends (Dec 21) and more.
First Thursdays at B.B. King Museum Oct 6
(INDIANOLA, MS) - On October 6, 7pm-9pm, First Thursdays at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, 400 Second Street, Indianola, Mississippi, will feature The Big Time Rhythm and Blues Band.
Guests enjoy Delta food and a cash bar as they gather for music in the original cotton gin that now makes up part of the museum.
Sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and B.B. King Museum. No cover.
Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival Oct 8
(HUNTINGBURG, IN) – On Oct 8th join us if you DARE! Downtown Huntingburg, Indiana at 4th Street and Market Street Park will transform into a haunted adventure for the Haunted Huntingburg Blues Festival. There will be live blues music, craft beer venders, food booths, kids’ activities, and more. Bonus points for dressing up for the festivities. General admission is free this year! 
The Blues Music Line-Up includes regional artists Carl Rodenberg Trio, Bleu Phonque, Warrior Kings, and the Stillwell-Marsh Quintet.

Other highlights: Fall Photo Ops, Crawl-O-Ween Shopping Passport, Hayrides 12-3pm at City Hall, "Boo"-ze | Craft Beer Vendors, and Zombie Free Kids Zone & Trick 'R Treat.
Also, back by popular demand the VIP Lounge from 4-7pm, with all new offerings at the luxury of the historic Old Huntingburg Town Hall and back porch (309 N Geiger St.). Included is a sharable cheese and fruit tray, Tapas 8, a progressive dinner, and a variety of beverages. Deadline to purchase VIP tix is Oct 1 and space is limited.
The Sandy Beaches Cruise Sets Sail January 2023
The Sandy Beaches Cruise is back in 2023 for the 27th sailing of this week-long family reunion. With the news of Delbert McClinton’s retirement, fans are anxious to book this 7-day musical extravaganza for a chance to see him perform LIVE. Plus, guests will enjoy live performances and jam sessions from artists including The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, The California Honeydrops, Marc Broussard, Shinyribs, Lee Roy Parnell, The Band of Heathens, Seth Walker, Mingo Fishtrap, Wayne Toups, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, The McCrary Sisters, Jimmy Hall, Red Young, Etta Britt, Kimmie Rhodes, and Bluz House Rockers. Exciting artist additions will be announced in the coming months.
The 2023 Sandy Beaches Cruise will take place from January 15-22, 2023, departing from Ft. Lauderdale for Costa Maya, Cozumel and Half Moon Cay aboard the Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam.

Combining a luxury vacation with their favorite music, guests on the Sandy Beaches Cruise have the rare opportunity to watch GRAMMY winners in intimate concert settings and interact with them throughout the seven-night trip.  
Cabins are available starting at $1900 per person and include admission to all major concerts and events, as well as all meals.  For further information on the Sandy Beaches Cruise, please call 855-487-2639 or visit here

Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy the heart and soul of American music with this fantastic 2023 artist lineup!
2022 Unsigned Only Music Blues Winners
(NASHVILLE, TN) - The winners of the US-based 2022 Unsigned Only Music Competition include a total of 11 Blues artists. Judges Included Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records), Ruthie Foster, Janiva Magness, Blues Music Magazine, and more. 
First Place in the Blues category is Trudy Lynn from Houston, TX for her song “Golden Girl Blues.” A living blues legend and music treasure, Trudy Lynn heralded her 75th birthday with her aptly titled winning song. The words “powerhouse,” and “dynamo” are often used to describe talented female vocalists and performers, but few are more deserving of such accolades as the 13-time Blues Music Award nominee.

Second Place is awarded to Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (Los Angeles, CA) for “Takes One To Know One” featuring Anson Funderburgh. With a dozen albums under their belt over 20-plus years, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps are a staple of Los Angeles, while also being international touring artists. 
Honorable Mentions in the Blues category include: Johnny Riley (USA) "Ain't That A Shame," Too Slim and the Taildraggers (USA) "Devil's Hostage," Junior Wilson (USA) "I Been Blue Before," Clarence Spady (USA) "If Only We Could," Bluhauz (USA) "Purify My Soul," Mitch Grainger (Australia) "Strong Woman," Anthony Geraci Ft. Sugar Ray Norcia (USA) "That Old Pine Box," Anthony "Big A" Sherrod (USA) "Tried And Tried," Blues Messenger (Belgium) "White Man Boogie."
Established in 2012, “Unsigned Only’s goal is to provide a vehicle for artists to have their music recognized on an international scale and for them to get the attention they deserve,” said Unsigned Only founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan.
Winners were selected from almost 7,000 entries from all over the world by a judging panel of high-profile music artists and industry experts. The winning songs can be heard here.
Pittsburgh legend Billy Price looks back on 50+ Years of Soul
Even if you never went to see Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band back in the day — clearly your loss — you know the chorus to “El Dorado Cafe,” because it was in just about every promo for the band on WDVE.

But check the listing for the new 38-song, three-CD compilation, Billy Price: 50+ Years of Soul.

There’s no “El Dorado Cafe.”

“I deliberately didn’t make this a ‘greatest hits’ collection,” says the Pittsburgh R&B soul legend. “And honestly, I don't think it's a great recording. People disagree with that, probably. That’ll probably irritate a lot of people, but I just don't think it is.”

Also, he adds, “The point of putting this thing together for me was to introduce people to things that they may not have heard.”

There’s a lot to draw from, about 250 recordings, in the impressive Price catalog, which dates to 1973 when he was the hired-gun vocalist on That's What I'm Here For, the third album by Roy Buchanan, a Washington, D.C.-based guitar hero with a blistering tone.

Price, at the time, was the toast of Walnut Street, fronting The Rhythm Kings, a band that the New Jersey native (born Bill Pollak) formed with his friends at Penn State in 1970. The band was so popular at the Fox Cafe in Shadyside that its members decided to relocate here, changing the face of the Pittsburgh music scene for decades to come. …Read full story at Post Gazette by Scott Mervis 
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
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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).
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Blues Society News
Atlanta Blues Society Gathering & Kam Oct
(STONE MOUNTAIN, GA) - The Atlanta Blues Society (ABS) October Gathering & Jam will be at Will Henry's Tavern in Stone Mountain (1228 Rockbridge Rd.), Georgia, Sunday, Ocober16 from 3pm-6pm. The host band will be Cannonball Red & the Head Hunters. Bring your instruments and voices. They will also have raffles for some prizes and all proceeds go to the ABS Blue Flame Fund, which helps local musicians in need. Will Henry's is now smoke-free and will be serving up some food and drinks.
CD & DVD Releases
Mike Morgan and The Crawl ::
M.C. Records is proud to announce the recent release of the first recording by Mike Morgan and The Crawl in 15 years, The Lights Went Out In Dallas. The Texas bluesman got some help on the recording from guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Shawn Pittman. And Morgan says, “The Crawl rhythm section of Kevin Schermerhorn on Drums and Drew Allain on Bass is a force to be reckoned with.” The record features 14 songs, 11 of which are original compositions.

The Lights Went Out In Dallas is what Mike Morgan has been about for over 30 years, delivering deep Texas Blues with a touch of soul, R&B, and Americana. His guitar playing is as fiery as ever and makes you take notice. Guitar World Magazine called Morgan "a genuine blues guitar hero!!" Mike Morgan's first release came out in 1990 and he has recorded eight albums for Black Top Records and Severn Records. This marks the first release for M.C. Records and his 10th overall. Look for Mike Morgan and The Crawl to be performing more in the Fall and beyond.
The album is already out in Europe via Continental Record Service. M.C. Records is handling the promotion and distribution in North America, Japan, and Australia.
Artist Website
MC Records 
"The Lights Went Out In Dallas" 
Video of the Week 
Andy T Band with Anson Funderburgh & Alabama Mike
"SSI Blues"
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
• Kids Music Day Oct 7
• Halloween Oct 31
Birthdays upcoming of note:
Sept 30- Z.Z. Hill (1935-1984), Nick Schnebelen (1978), Tony Braunagel (1949); Oct 1 Albert Collins (1932-1993), George "Wild Child" Butler (1936-2005); Oct 2-Coco Montoya (1951); Oct 3-Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), Billy Branch (1951 Blues in The Schools founder), Keb' Mo' (1951), Deborah Coleman (1956-2018); Oct 4-Duke Robillard (1948), Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon); Oct 5-Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949 pictured); Oct 6-Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (great friend & BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8-Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939-1980); Oct 10-Cyril Neville (1948)
Just in Case: According to my "sources," October 1st is "CD Player Day." I bet many of you still have over maybe 100s of CDs (I do) and still purchase them here and there (which artists are still appreciative of). Over the years, the music scene has changed drastically, but the introduction of the CD player remains one of the music industry’s landmark events. On October 1, 1982, the first-ever CD (Compact Disc) player was released on the market. It massively upended the music industry. Gradually, CDs replaced both floppy disks and audio cassettes (and the boombox), beginning from the 1980s until the 2000s. Then things began to go digital... we have MP3s, and can download singles and listen to music on our phones. But then some reverted back to "cool" vinyl (also first known as phonograph or gramophone records). I don't think the 8-track or cassettes are coming back though. Eventually my own portable CD player took a nose-dive, but lo and behold, I got one that was my parents that is still in great shape. AND, my new-to-me 2016 car has a CD player in it! And I was stoked at the option!
Oh yeh, October 1st is also "International Coffee Day"... oh and "Homemade Cookies Day!" ... just saying. According to historical records, coffee is originally from Ethiopia, and its discovery in Africa comes with an interesting story...
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Redwood Coast Music Festival
Sep-29-2022 - 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
Helena, Arkansas, USA
Oxford Blues Festival
Oct-06-2022 – Oct-08-2022
Oxford, Mississippi, USA
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
For more festivals & events plus links
please go to our website
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 

MLK Blues Festival
Jan-12-2023 – Jan-15-2023
Chester, South Carolina, 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 the annual 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 20 years. Please contact us at 707-630 3304 or EMAIL to find out how we can help you!
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