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|Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters :: FATHER'S DAY|
|Father’s Day is the new CD from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters on Stony Plain Records. Voted by The Blues Foundation as “Blues Guitarist of the Year” in 2014, guitar master Ronnie Earl and his band return with an even stronger package of music, his ninth album for the label. Added to Ronnie Earl’s spellbinding intensity and soulfulness on guitar, the presence of a horn section for the first time in decades on Father’s Day adds another dimension to his sound. Stony Plain also plans to release the album as a vinyl LP later this year.|
The 13 tracks on Father’s Day also feature two special guest vocalists throughout: Diane Blue, whose previous work with Earl created a sensation;
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|Scott Ellison :: ELEVATOR MAN|
|Elevator Man by acclaimed blues guitarist and Oklahoma Blues Hall of Famer Scott Ellison was produced by Walt Richmond (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt). The CD features backing vocals by the legendary Marcy Levy, who spent years lending her sweet-and-sassy voice to tours by Clapton, Leon Russell and Bob Seger (that's Levy you hear harmonizing on Clapton's recording of "Lay Down Sally," which she also co-wrote).|
Scott Ellison is a Tulsa-based guitarist who has been performing since the 1970s. Having been brought up in America's heartland, he developed a laid-back style of playing tempered by an uncanny ability to be feisty and fiery when the song calls for it. Find more details about this release
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|Buddy Guy to Headline the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival Sept. 12 & 13|
GUERNEVILLE, CA - The 39th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Johnson’s Beach & Resort in Guerneville, CA on September 12 & 13, 2015. Two great festivals over one incredible weekend – voted Best Music Festival in Sonoma County by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian. Join us for a weekend of music, dancing, wine tasting and loads of fun!
For the last 39 years, music festivals have been a vital part of the Russian River community. Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville offers a picturesque venue that rests along the beach of the Russian River, only a few miles from over 100 wineries. Find out more about the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival
|Daytona Blues Festival, October 9-11, ends with a big blues bang!|
|DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Sunday, the sixth annual Daytona Blues Festival will wrap up the three day event at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, downtown Daytona Beach, Florida, with a tremendous day of blues. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, Paul Thorn, Alexis P Suter Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, and IBC runner-up Brian Keith Wallen will make certain every blues fan enjoys the festival until the very end.|
As has become tradition, the Daytona Blues Festival will once again end with a blistering performance by two-time Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year winner Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots. While Victor grew up in Savanah and lives in Memphis, the WildRoots trace their beginning to the Daytona Beach area. More details about the Daytona Blues Festival
|James Cotton & Booker T. headline San Diego Blues Festival, Sept. 26-27|
|SAN DIEGO, CA - Hall of Famers James Cotton and Booker T. Jones headline the fifth annual AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival to held Sept. 26-27 on the downtown San Diego, California waterfront.|
The event features two stages and 18 acts total, including Marcia Ball, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, John Mooney, The Paladins, Kim Wilson with Anson Funderburgh, Chris James & Patrick Rynn with special guest Henry Gray, Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers and Tomcat Courtney.
The festival is a fundraiser for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting its fight against hunger. Through its first four years, the festival has raised $350,000 and generated more than 18 tons of food donations. More details about the San Diego Blues Festival
|The Blues Foundation Selects New President & CEO|
|MEMPHIS, TN - Barbara B. Newman has been selected to succeed Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based, international music organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this unique art form. She will take the helm October 1.|
Ms. Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian with deep ties to the city that annually hosts the world's two premier blues music events-the International Blues Challenge and the Blues Music Awards-and is now home to the physical Blues Hall of Fame, expected to draw thousands of visitors annually.
More background on the new BFG President/CEO
St. Louis Blues Society's 1st Atomic Blues Festival Sept 27
|ST. LOUIS, MO - The St. Louis Blues Society is presenting the 1st Annual Atomic Blues Festival taking place Sept. 27 which will run from 3pm-10 p.m. at the The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis). Performers include Marsha Evans & The Coalition, Eugene Johnson & Company, Larry Griffin & Eric McSpadden, Big Mike and the Blues City All-Stars, Joe Pastors Legacy Ensemble, Paul Niehaus & Friends, Bob "Bumble Bee" Kamoske, Ethan Leinwand and the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, and MC Marty Spikner.|
Along with the music, there will be a raffle, chalk art by Chalk Riot and information tables. Admission is $10. Proceeds support the St. Louis Blues Society’s Education Fund. Find more details here
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|* The Blues Foundation Selects New President & CEO- 2016 - KBA Nominations Deadline September 30|
*See article about the selection of the new Blues Foundation President under the "NEWS FLASH" section in this issue!
KBA Nominations Deadline September 30
MEMPHIS, TN -The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.
The KBAs are awarded strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. The KBA may be awarded for the recipient’s work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work. In other words, we don’t view the recipient as the winner of a ‘best of the year’ category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, the committee is looking for new deserving recipients.
More details of nomination process
Read more about what's going on at The Blues Foundation
|AUG 22-23 Radio Show: JOHN LEE HOOKER|
This week, we salute John Lee Hooker, the man and his music. And all the people who play his music, like Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, the Doors, George Thorogood. And more.
The glory and legacy of John Lee Hooker. Including interview bits from our archives. Next time, in the Bluesmobile.
Tab Benoit :: WHEN A CAJUN MAN GETS THE BLUES
There's a dozen or more Blues Festivals going on EVERY weekend!
~ Birthdays of note this week:
Aug 20 Issac Hayes (1942), Jack Teagarden (1905); Aug 21 Count Basie (1904); Aug 22 John Lee Hooker (1920), Debbie Davies (1952);
Aug 24 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1905), Wynonie Harris (1915);
Aug 26 Jimmy Rushing (1901); Aug 29 Dinah Washington (1924);
Aug 30 Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (1934); Joanna Connor (1962)
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|Le Buis Blues Festival|
Aug-20-2015 - Aug-22-2015
Le Buis, France
Aug-21-2015 - Aug-22-2015
Madison, Indiana, USA
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-21-2015 - Aug-23-2015
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Baja Blues Fest
Aug-21-2015 - Aug-23-2015
Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
Edmonton Blues Festival
Aug-21-2015 - Aug-23-2015 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Taos Blues Fest
Taos, New Mexico, USA
Bean Blossom Blues Festival
Aug-27-2015 - Aug-29-2015
Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA
Urban Blues Festival
Los Angeles, California, USA
Kansas City 5th Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival
North Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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Rentiesville Dusk Til Dawn
Sep-04-2015 - Sep-06-2015
Rentiesville, Oklahoma, USA
Snowy Range Music Festival
Sep-04-2015 - Sep-06-2015
Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Sep-05-2015 - Sep-06-2015
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Lehrte, Niedersachsen, Germany
Big Blues Bender
Sep-10-2015 - Sep-13-2015
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The Real Blues Festival
of Orange County 6
Santa Ana, California, USA
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