It’s our 20th Anniversary edition of the Blues Festival Guide, and we’ve loved being a part of your blues community! Our team is hard at work on the 2022 issue, 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!
Living Legend: Billy Branch
By Bill Dahl
Once the new kid on the Chicago blues block, Billy Branch is now revered as the city’s premier harmonica master. Author Bill Dahl shares a special interview with Branch about his journey – from his big break onto the blues scene to supporting the next generation of musicians through his Blues in the Schools program. Mentored by original blues giants, Branch carries on the Chicago blues tradition in a style and sound of his very own.
Fueling Musicians Program
The Fueling Musicians Program was put together by Joe Bonamassa during the pandemic. The initiative is designed to support musicians by providing financial assistance for essential living expenses and help touring musicians get back on the road. Read more about their efforts!
WLAC: Blues, Baby Chicks and Stim-U-Aid
By Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz schools us on WLAC – the “clear channel” radio station that was legendary in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s for spreading the blues far and wide across the United States (and beyond!) on its nighttime programming. The DJs spoke in jive and lots of double entendre, and essentially created ground zero for hit songs and the launch of legendary careers. Mix in their reputation for colorful advertisements – from Royal Crown Hair Pomade to baby chicks – and be ready to chuckle!
That Chicago Blues Sound
By Wayne Baker Brooks
The Chicago blues catapulted the blues genre into the mainstream in 1948 when Muddy Waters amplified his sound, but the foundation for this revolution was built decades earlier by established artists like Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Tampa Red and Sonny Boy Williamson. Brooks digs deeper into these four predecessors… who all had one common denominator. We’ll pick up their journeys in Chicago.
20 Years of Blues
By Kaati Gaffney, Publisher
The Blues Festival Guide is celebrating its 20th anniversary issue! Learn more about our journey from the gals who started it all, and enjoy reminiscing on our past issues.
What a milestone!
with Shaun Murphy
Blueswoman Shaun Murphy says, “Life’s too short not to make good food.” She shares her authentic Italian family recipe for Pasta all’Amatriciana, and with her tips and tricks, you too can make this delicious soul-filling meal!
Hooked on Blues Docs
By Tom Andrews
During the pandemic, Tom Andrews of the Blues Festival Guide team had the opportunity to dig in and enjoy some recent blues documentaries. As he sees it, “documentaries are history lessons and hold great importance, because without knowing the history of the genre, you will never be able to truly understand what the blues is all about.” Check out his recommendations and enjoy!
Trumpet Records – Small But Powerful
Courtesy of the Delta Blues Museum
From 1950 to 1955, the music of Trumpet Records sounded from coast to coast, founded by Lillian and Willard McMurry. From the first blues recordings of Sonny Boy Williamson II, to “Dust My Broom” by Elmore James, to gospel by the Southern Sons and country songs by Lucky Joe Almond and others, Trumpet’s recordings are a testament to Mississippi’s musical gift to the world.
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