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Juke Joint Clarksdale Blues Festival 2024 

  Hey there blues people, let me tell you about my time at the Juke Joint festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi this year. It was a bitch of a journey, starting with a rainy drive out of Alabama that tested my patience, but oh boy, was it worth it in the end.

  When I rolled into Clarksdale, the rain clouds moved away, and the evening welcomed me with open arms. The festival was sprawled across Clarksdale, and it was one of the biggest juke joint gatherings I've ever seen. People from all corners of the country gathered here for a celebration of blues. It was fun time .

 I didn't manage to hit up every spot I wanted to, but I caught some incredible shows and, of course, had the time of my life playing my own set. Parking was a hassle, but once I settled in at the artist accommodation near the old train depot, the festival magic took hold . Drinking that E&J didn't help any .

  I remember being whisked away on a golf cart to the Cultural Center, a venue with plenty of seats and a vibe that screamed blues. This wasn't my first time gracing its stage, and seeing Miss Tandra, the woman who runs it, was like catching up with an old friend. Her art adorned the walls, adding to the soulful atmosphere.

Before I took the stage at 12:30, I caught the act before me—a killer southern soul band that set the perfect tone for the night. And to my surprise and delight, the Blues dancers showed up, some of them even from my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. It felt like a reunion as they filled the room, grooving along to the music like only true blues people can.

But the surprises didn't stop there. Word spread like wildfire about the Cultural Center, and soon enough, the swing dancers joined the party. They came back later in the night, ready to dance their asses off, adding another layer of energy and excitement to the festival.

As the night drew to a close, I couldn't help but reflect on the incredible fun experience. The planners of the Juke Joint festival outdid themselves this year, and I'm already counting down the days until  next year 2025. If this year was any indication, next year should be even better.

So here's to the blues, to Clarksdale, and to the unforgettable moments shared at the Juke Joint festival. Until next time, keep the music alive and the spirits high. See you at the crossroads my friends.

King Biscuit Festival 2023 success  

 The King Biscuit Blues Festival recently took Helena, Arkansas, by storm, and oh, what a spectacular storm it was! The three-day celebration of the blues proved to be a resounding success, with some of the finest blues acts from around the world coming together for a weekend filled with soulful sounds and good vibes. Friggin mind blowing .

 Raindrops fell from the heavens, but they didn't dare dampen the spirits of the festival-goers. A little rain was no match for the determined blues lovers who had eagerly awaited this event. The beat went on, and everybody got down, proving that the blues is an unstoppable force of musical energy. Even the kids were jamming at the kids stage.

  After the long hiatus due to the pandemic, the sense of anticipation was on like neckbone. The festival was not just a musical rendezvous; it was a reunion of friends and fans, a blues family coming together once again. Visitors from all over the world, including the UK, Japan, and blues enthusiasts from different states and cities, united in their love for this electrifying genre. It was an international congregation of blues people, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival was their sanctuary. One bad ass get together .

  What sets this festival apart is its unparalleled ability to bring people together, to create an atmosphere where the love for the blues thrives and resonates. The festival's management and staff are an extraordinary group of individuals. Their dedication and passion for the blues are the driving force behind this annual extravaganza. They pour their hearts and souls into the event, embodying the essence of diehard blues lovers who stand up for what they believe in. Then the do it on the on the levee of the Mighty Mississippi River .

  From solo acts that tug at your heartstrings to massive blues bands that make your booty shake uncontrollably, the festival had it all. Musicians traveled from blues capitals like Chicago and St. Louis to share their tunes. However, the King Biscuit Blues Festival isn't just for the big names; it's also a platform for local talent to shine. This ensures that the blues legacy continues to thrive, nurturing the next generation of blues greats.

  I don't make these claims lightly; it's simply the truth. You've got to hear it from the people who've been there. If you haven't experienced the King Biscuit Blues Festival, you're missing out on a magical blend of blues, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. It's not just a festival; it's a blues experience of a lifetime. Helena, Arkansas, is not just a dot on the map; it's a vibrant blues mecca, where the blues comes alive and thrives. So, we ask you, have you ever been to the King Biscuit Blues Festival? If not, make sure it's on your blues-loving bucket list, because once you've been, you'll forever be under the spell of the grooviest blues gathering in the world.

 See you next year.

Mark " Mule Man " Massey did a kick azz show at Sunflower  


  Muleman  Massey was an impressive show. At the Sunflower river blues festival, I watched several acts but the “ Mule man “ stood out to me. He had a sincerity and his ability to tell a story of how his blues came to be. He hired local guys to back him up, but it sounds like they had been playing together for years. 


 He had the ability to take the spontaneity and turn it into a well delivered show. Mule man talked about some time he spent locked down and he talked about how his mentor  Big Jack Johnson named him . He told some very interesting stories from the stage. 


   His presentation was straightforward. Not a lot of flash and flavor. But he nailed his delivery. Playing a guitar that looked a lot like mine. His vocals were on point nothing striking. 


 He played songs that were a mix of his original and a little old school still made for a great show. He's an interesting character worth checking out. 


  He was one of the highlights of the Sunflower River Blues and gospel festival to me. Check him out .

How about a Social Token FAQ page .  

  Folks ask me questions all the time about my tokens ,thought this FAQ page would help Check it out !  Let me know what you think . 

What does BVIP stand for ?

B.lues v.ery i.nvolved in p.romotion and B.lues V.ery I.mportant P.eople . This is Ric Pattons fanclub . Ric started building in 2015 and now has half million blues loving followers worldwide. 

What is a fan token?  

A fan token is a special coin that artists or creators make. When people like and support the artists, they get some of these coins. People can use these tokens to get cool things from the artists, like special merch or messages. It's a fun way for fans to be part of the artist's world! 

What can I do with social tokens ? 

You can use social tokens to get special things from your favorite artist, like music , pictures, merch or even virtual hangouts. It's like having a secret key to unlock cool stuff that other people might not get. It's a way for the artist to say thank you to their biggest fans! 

How long do they last ? 

Social tokens can last for as long as the artist wants them to. It's like a game where the artist decides when the game ends. So, you can use them and enjoy the special things they bring for as long as the artist and fans keep the game going! 

How can I get more social tokens ? 

You can get more social tokens by supporting the artist and sharing their music or Telling your friends about them. The artist might give you some social tokens as a thank you for being a superfan! 

Is this like crypto?  

Yes, social tokens are a type of cryptocurrency. They are like digital coins that artists create for their fans. You can use these special digital coins to get cool stuff from the artist.  

Is this like Bitcoin ? 

Yes, social tokens are similar to Bitcoin in the sense that both are types of cryptocurrencies. However, there are differences between them. Bitcoin is a widely known and traded cryptocurrency that's used as a form of digital money. Social tokens, on the other hand, are specific to artists or creators and are often used to engage with fans by offering unique rewards and experiences. So, while they're both digital currencies, social tokens have a more focused purpose related to supporting and connecting with artists and their communities. 

Can I trade them in? 

Yes, you can often trade social tokens, just like you can trade other types of cryptocurrency. If the artist has set up a system for trading or exchanging the tokens, you might be able to use them to get other digital assets or even real money. It's like having a special currency that you can use for different things, depending on what the artist allows. 

Will they increase in value ?

 Yes! If the artist or creator becomes more famous or their work becomes really liked, the social tokens they give you might be worth more in the future. 

What can I do with them ? 

 You can use them to unlock special content from your favorite artist, like exclusive videos, messages, or even virtual hangouts. Sometimes, you can trade them for cool items, like limited-edition merchandise. They're like a special key that lets you access unique experiences and rewards from the artist you love. 

How can I get more social tokens ? 

Some artists might give you social tokens as rewards for supporting their work, like sharing their content or attending their events. Keep an eye on the artist's announcements and social media to learn about opportunities to earn or buy more tokens. 

Is this legal? 

Yes, social tokens are legal. They are a creative way for artists and creators to engage with their fans and offer unique rewards. However, like any other form of digital assets, it's important to make sure you understand the terms and conditions of using social tokens and that you're obtaining them from reputable sources. 

What is web3 ? 

 It's a way for people to connect and do things online in a more direct and secure way. Instead of relying a lot on big platforms, Web3 lets people interact with each other and with digital things directly. It's like the internet becoming more about people. 

Are these tokens connected to the blockchain?  

Yes, social tokens are connected to the blockchain. A blockchain is like a digital ledger that keeps track of transactions and information in a secure and transparent way. Social tokens are often created and managed using blockchain technology, which ensures that their ownership, transactions, and rewards are recorded in a secure and tamper-resistant manner. This adds a layer of trust and transparency to the process of using and trading social tokens. 

How much does it cost me?  

The cost of social tokens depends on the artist and the specific situation. Some artists might give their social tokens for free as a special gift to their fans. Others might ask you to buy them using real money. It's like buying a ticket to a fun event or a cool item from a store. So, some social tokens might be free, and some might have a cost, but it all depends on what the artist decides. 

What problem does this solve ? 

Social tokens are like special coins that artists create. They help artists and their fans become even better friends. The coins can be used to get cool things from the artist, like special pictures or messages. This makes fans happy and helps artists do more fun things with their music. So, social tokens make fans and artists super happy and close! 

Why would anybody want to do this?  

People use social tokens to feel closer to their favorite artists, get special things they love, and support the artists they enjoy. It's like being part of a fun club where you get cool rewards and help the artists do more of what you love. 

What are the artists rewarding with their social tokens ? 

Artists reward you with social tokens for being a supportive fan. This could mean things like sharing their music, talking about them online, attending their shows, or just being a loyal listener. The tokens are a way for artists to say "thank you" and give you special treats or experiences in return for your support and love for their work.

Working on a book ! Another chapter . What do you think ? 


Chapter Title: "Everybody is a Promoter”

 We might not always realize it, but we promote all day, everywhere we go. It's in our nature - we promote ideas, our beliefs, and our favorite things. But what if we could turn that everyday promotion into some money ?

  In the marketing world, it's called word of mouth advertising. We're like walking billboards, spreading the word about things we love. But here's the thing - not all the things we promote benefit us. That's where BVIP tokens comes in.

  I believe in the power of my fans, and I've flipping the script on promotion. BVIP artists are all about rewarding fans for doin' what they're already doin' - promoting' the music they love! Imagine that - getting' rewarded by the artists you promote. It's a win-win situation.

   With the advent of WEB3 and social tokens, we're making the impossible possible. Now, you can be rewarded by the artists and musicians you support. Think 'about it - every time you talk about that awesome concert you went to or talk about that new song that's stuck in your head, you're promotin' that artist. And guess what? With BVIP tokens, that promotion pays off!

  But it ain't just any ol' promotion - we're all 'about focus and organization. We want our fans to have a clear purpose in their promotion. That's why we use the BVIP Hit Cycle, droppin' fresh records every month, and fans get to be part of that magic.

  With WEB3 technology, it's easier than ever to understand and take advantage of the rewards we offer. Imagine a world where your passion for music and support for artists is recognized and appreciated. So here's to everybody bein' a promoter - promotin' the music, the joy, and the community we love. BVIP tokens are a movement that puts the power in the hands of the fans taking it back from the platforms.

  We're rewritin' the rules of promotion and usherin' in a new era of music appreciation. So join us, my fam, in this web3 adventure, where everybody's a promoter, and everyone's a winner.  Let's do this!  Claim some tokens and get started . What do you think ?

Back to the Book ! This is another chapter.. What do you think ? 

   This chapter is called  -" We did it ", y'all! Our blood, sweat, and tears poured into this music promotion game have paid off big time. We're talkin' recognition and VIP treatment wherever we go, both online and offline. We some bad ass promoters.

  Picture this: we strut into music festivals and nightclubs wearing' our caps and jackets, and people are like, "Yo, ain't that the Blues VIP crew?" Hell Yeah! Artists and record companies can't get enough of us, constantly hittin' us up to help 'em spread the word and promote their stuff.

  You know it's real when the charts start bowin' down to the Blues again. Many of the artists we promote are ridin' high on the Billboard charts, and that's all thanks to our hustle. We brought the Blues back to the top - right where it belongs!

  And here's the cherry on top: our promotion efforts have earned us gold-certified records by the RIAA. That's right, our grindin' turned those records into pure gold! But the real gem in our treasure is the BVIP token. It's like our very own currency, tradin' on major cryptocurrency exchanges, its value just keeps shootin' up!

  You know how much our collective hustle is worth?  $126,000 in promotion effort every month! We got over 200 hustlers in our street team every day, both online and offline, spreadin' the Blues worldwide. Every month, we reach over 10 million pairs of eyes, witnessin' our promotions.

  Our street team ain't just a crew - it's a family. We got that sense of community, y'all. We know each other's struggles, triumphs, and dreams. Together, we etched our names in the history of Blues music. BVIP ain't just a token, it stands for "Blues: Very Important People" 'cause that's exactly who we are - the movers and shakers that saved the Blues! 

  And let me tell you, we ain't stoppin' there. Nah, we keep on hustlin', keep on spreadin' the love for Blues music. We did it, and we're still doin' it! So buckle up, my fam, 'cause this musical journey ain't got no stoppin' point. We got dreams to catch, charts to conquer, and a legacy to build.

  So here's to us, the Blues VIP crew! We got the world listenin', groovin', and respectin' the Blues once again. Our story ain't over yet, 'cause as long as there's music in our souls, we're gonna keep on hustlin', keep on makin' history, and keep on spreadin' to every corner of the globe! Are you scared ? 

Ride Sally Ride that lawn tractor 

  Today was a busy day filled with grass cutting. As a blues musician, I have multiple properties to take care of, and keeping the grass trimmed is just one of the tasks on my to-do list. It's a different kind of rhythm that helps me find solace and clears my mind amidst the hustle and bustle of summer life in AL. Hot as a mofo sometimes

  Maintaining multiple properties means I have my fair share of grass to trim and maintain. While I often find solace in songwriting, most of the time, it's just me out there, trimming and cutting grass. It's a labor of love that keeps me grounded and connected with the physical world around me. And its exercise .

One of the things that make the time go by better is listening to podcasts while I work. I pop in some earbuds and tune in to different shows, allowing my mind to wander and soak in new information and perspectives. It's amazing how much knowledge and entertainment you can absorb while riding on that lawn mower. Ride and learn time .

Speaking of mowers, my faithful companion on these grass-cutting expeditions is a little John Deere that has been with me for the past 20 years. its my dads old mower.  It has served me well over the years, but I know that eventually, I'll need to invest in a new one. However, for now, this mower still gets the job done. I hope to squeeze another year or two out of it before getting an upgrade.

Grass-cutting season is a busy time of year, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity to do this work. It allows me to stay connected with nature and appreciate the simple joys of maintaining a well-kept property. As I navigate through the grass, I can't help but think of my fans and supporters. The thought of them keeps me company while I'm riding that hot ass lawnmower, and I'm grateful for their support.

If you ever find yourself needing to cut grass, remember that you're not alone. We all have our tasks and responsibilities to tend to. And in those moments, find solace in music, podcasts, or whatever brings you joy and helps the time pass by a little smoother. It's a small reminder that even in the midst of everyday chores, there's room for a touch of inspiration and rhythm. Ride Sally Ride

Well, it's time for me to get back to work. The grass won't cut itself, and there's plenty to do. As I hop on that lawnmower and dive into the sea of green, I'll be thinking of you all, my dear diary, and the incredible journey I'm on as a blues musician. Until next time, keep the Blues alive. Do you have to cut grass sometimes ?

WTF these Blues VIP tokens all about ? 


As a blues artist, my journey has been filled with memorable encounters and cool relationships. Since I started live streaming in the fall of 2015, I've had the pleasure of connecting with fans from all walks of life. Little did I know that these virtual connections would evolve into a global network of friends. However, when I discovered the concept of social tokens, I realized that there was an opportunity to deepen these relationships and engage my fans on a whole new level. James Brown said “  Make it funky !

  Over the years, my loyal fans have become more than just listeners; they have become friends. Through their frequent visits to my broadcasts, we developed a unique bond. It didn't take long for me to realize that these connections were not limited by physical boundaries. I now have friends and supporters scattered across the country and around the world. The rapport we built is something I cherish, and I wanted to find a way to enhance it further. So I was thinking on it.

  When I first heard about social tokens, I saw them as an innovative tool to strengthen my relationship with fans. The idea was simple: if I could be in the same room with someone, I could give them a token. These tokens could then be accumulated by engaging with my content, such as listening to my records, attending my shows, or interacting with me in various ways. Eventually, fans would be able to redeem these tokens for merchandise or special events. That's a cool idea

  Excited by the possibilities, I decided to embark on this experiment with social tokens. I understood that the more my fans participated in my economy and helped with promotion, the more tokens they could earn. The engagement and depth of connection that these tokens could bring were intriguing to me, and I knew it was worth a try. Although I faced initial rejections from three companies, the persistence paid off when I found a partner who believed in the concept. Try Roll opened the door for me.

  The company that accepted my proposal issued a special allotment of tokens for me, which I named the BVIP token. With these tokens, I began to witness the early signs of stronger relationships and increased fan engagement. While many in the crypto world focus on financial aspects, my primary goal was to build an engaged fan base. The BVIP tokens were not for sale; instead, fans could earn them by actively interacting with my content.

 To earn more BVIP tokens, fans can visit my YouTube channel, follow me on Instagram or Facebook, and actively participate in promotions featured on my website. By rewarding the most engaged fans, I aimed to foster a sense of community and appreciation among those who have shown unwavering support. It is not solely about profit but about deepening the connection and providing additional value to my dedicated audience.

  As I continue this journey, I am beginning to witness the potential of social tokens. The future of the BVIP tokens holds promise, not just for the music but also for the relationships they help nurture. By embracing this innovative concept, I am building a network of engaged fans who are as passionate about my music as I am. It's an exciting path to explore, and I can't wait to see where it takes us.

  Social tokens have opened up new avenues for Blues musicians like me to forge deeper connections with fans. By rewarding engagement and offering exclusive benefits, we can build vibrant communities that extend far beyond geographical boundaries. The BVIP tokens, earned through active participation, serve as a testament to the dedication of my fans. As I continue this journey, I look forward to nurturing these relationships and witnessing the growth of an engaged fan base. Together, we embark on an exciting future, where music and connection come together at the bank.

My Lights Got Cut Off ! Damn  


Last night some crazy shit happened while I was fast asleep—it was a moment that sparked a deep reflection within me. I woke up to find that my lights had been cut off. As I regained my senses, I realized I had heard —the sudden silence as the AC shut down, the darkness enveloping my house. It was a disconcerting feeling. What the fuck !

  I thought it might have been a power outage caused by a passing storm. The clouds outside seemed to suggest that possibility. But deep down, I knew there was another reason. It dawned on me that I had been procrastinating on paying my utility bill. The time had finally caught up with me, and my negligence had led to this situation. Ain't this some shit .

   In those moments of uncertainty, as I waited for the lights to return, I had a profound realization. I began to reflect on the nature of procrastination and its consequences. I understood that this behavior transcended just paying bills—it was a reflection of how I approached various aspects of my life. I had fallen into the habit of waiting until the last minute, and now that bitch had caught up with me.

  As I sat there, contemplating my own actions, I felt a shift within myself. The fear and panic that accompanied the darkness transformed into a moment of introspection. I asked myself, "What else am I procrastinating about?" It was a sobering thought. I realized that if we continuously delay taking action, the lights will eventually go out in different areas of our lives. Procrastination is a dangerous game, and I had been playing it far too often. Damn !

In those few minutes of waiting for the lights to come back on, I had a profound conversation with myself. I made a promise—to be more proactive, to stop waiting until the last minute. I vowed to take charge of my life, to address things promptly rather than putting them off until the consequences become inevitable. Its about fucking time I got myself together

  This experience taught me a valuable lesson about the importance of not waiting. We mustn't delay when we have the means and the opportunity to act. Life has a way of reminding us that time is finite, and our lights will inevitably go out one day. So why waste precious moments in procrastination? Do it now whatever the hell it is !

  From now on, I am committed to being proactive in all areas of my life. I hope you, will serve as a witness to this newfound determination. Let my story be a reminder to us all—don't wait for anything. Take action, seize the moment, and let the lights in your life always shine bright. Get your shit together NOW !

In the Blues we Trust !  


 When I first learned about social tokens, I immediately saw their potential as a Blues artist. Having connected with countless fans through live streaming, I imagined the value in offering them a tangible token connected to the blockchain. 

 This would go beyond a mere online presence—it would be something they could hold onto, like a collector's item or something of value. This realization got me to explore social tokens further and use them to strengthen the relationships with my fans.

  By offering social tokens to my fans, I sought to deepen our connection and empower them. Holding a token would signify their ownership of something special and would inspire them to engage more actively with my content. Whether it was visiting my website, leaving comments, collecting records, or attending shows, these actions would earn them more tokens and rewards, fostering a stronger bond between us.

 One of the motivations behind using social tokens was to regain control over the artist-fan relationship. As an artist, I recognized that most interactions with fans occurred through social media platforms, where the value lay in the platform itself. By introducing social tokens, I could give fans something of appreciation while reclaiming the value derived from their presence. It was a way to redirect the focus back to the artist and their dedicated following.

  While I am not a crypto expert and do not engage in crypto trading or investing, I understand the inherent value in social tokens for building and monetizing relationships. The deeper the relationship between the artist and fan, the more valuable the social token becomes. As my fans accumulate tokens, the token's value increases, potentially leading to future exchanges or trades. It is an innovative way for fans to demonstrate their support and for artists to offer exclusive experiences and rewards.

  From my perspective, owning a social token can only enhance the artist-fan relationship. It creates a sense of appreciation benefiting both parties involved. Owning social tokens of artists or entities you admire adds value to your collection and could potentially lead to future opportunities. 

  As a music artist who has embraced social tokens, I have witnessed the transformative power they hold. By offering these tokens to fans, I've strengthened our relationships, reclaimed control over our interactions, and provided a way for fans to demonstrate their support and engagement. Social tokens have introduced a new dimension to my artist-fan connection, creating value and opportunities for both parties involved. So, why not explore social tokens and embark on this exciting crypto journey? Welcome aboard!