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Dear Fellow Blues Fans,

It’s been a long winter and I know we all can’t wait to hit the festival circuit!

Our team is hard at work on the 2023 issue (we are still accepting ads – reserve your space today), and we’re looking forward to bringing you the latest happenings in the industry, glimpses of blues history and, of course, blues festivals to plan your calendar! Here’s an editorial sneak peek!



2023 Blues Festival Guide Sneak Peek:

Living Legend: Leon Blue

By Dan D. Harrell

Everything that Leon Blue is on stage, he is in real life. With his million-dollar smile, captivating personality, funny tales and masterful piano licks, a Leon Blue show is always a good time! Meet the man behind the legend in this exclusive interview with Mr. Blue for the

Blues Festival Guide.

Partners in Love & Blues

By Michele Lundeen 

What would it be like to work with your romantic partner? It may be a work in progress, it may have its ups and downs, it may end up being heaven on earth. In this feature, we asked blues couples to give us the inside scoop on how they balance business, love and the blues.

Capturing Magic & Passion – Blues Photogs at Work

By Mark Thompson 

The photographers at every blues festival do their best to capture the fleeting highlight moments, creating a visual montage that allows blues fans around the world the opportunity to experience the festival, whether they were there or not. Get to know some of these unsung heroes of the blues in this feature story!

Cast Your Vote for the Blues Blast Music Awards
Blues music thrives thanks to its fans, and the Blues Blast Music Awards give fans the opportunity to voice their favorites! Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the Blues Blast Music Awards will honor contemporary blues artists on September 23rd, 2023 in Peoria, IL.

Eight on the Eighty-Eight

By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz 

Blues music, as we know and love it, would not exist without several great piano masters who helped to shape and define the genre. Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is back to highlight eight of these ivory ticklers every blues fan should know!

Just Like Your Mama Did

Cookin’ Onboard the LRBC with Bobby Rush and Mizz Lowe

By Kaati Gaffney, BFG Publisher

Join us on board the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and enjoy the culinary demonstration from Bobby Rush and Mizz Lowe. Between their comedic dialogue, colorful innuendos and delicious recipe for garlic butter shrimp and cabbage stir fry dish, there’s lots to savor!

Storytellin’ Blues Dig Deep

By Gaye Adegbalola 

Many blues songs have similar themes woven into their lyrics, but some blues musicians dive deeper into the storytelling to take you where you probably haven’t been before. Singer-musician-songwriter Gaye Adegbalola schools us on contemporary blues story-songs –

always, of course, with a bit of humor!

And more!

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