THIS YEAR’S LINEUP!
Friday, October 5th
6:15 – 7:30 Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
7:45 – 9:00 Harper & Midwest Kind
9:15 – until Cary Hudson
Saturday, October 6th
12:00 – 1:00 Vinnie C & Kevin Thornton
1:15 – 2:30 Jason Carter & The Healers
2:45 – 4:00 Kenny Brown
4:15 – 5:30 Eric Deaton
5:45 – 6:45 Bill “Howlin Mad” Perry
7:00 – 8:15 Super Chikan
8:30 – until Cedric Burnside
Anthony “Big A” Sherrod
Anthony ‘Big A’ Sherrod is a skilled musician in the regards of the guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. He learned to play the blues from Johnnie Billington and has mentored and taught younger musicians in his hometown of Clarksdale. Sherrod has been featured in films like “Last of the Mississippi Jukes” and “We Juke Up in Here.”
Harper & Midwest Kind
Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper represents roots music and world music. He calls his sound world blues, which blends everything from ‘50s R&B to ‘70s soul. Teamed up with the Detroit-based group, Midwest Kind, the band delivers a true original sound that even incorporates the didgeridoo. In 2011, Harper was inducted into the Blues Museum Hall of Fame. The group has charted on the Billboard Blues Chart.
A member of the group Blue Mountain, Cary Hudson has been a notable name in Mississippi’s local musician scene for more than a quarter of a century. As a solo artist, he has played shows throughout the United States. The singer-songwriter has lived in Los Angeles for a short time chasing the dream of music before relocating to Oxford. Hudson has played guitar for blues artists like R.L. Burnside and Bobby Rush. Gibson magazine has chosen him as one of the top 10 alternative country guitar players, and he has appeared in the George Clooney film, “Up in the Air.”
Vinnie C & Kevin Thornton
Both natives to Monroe County, Kevin Thornton and Vinnie C, have complimented each other through their styles of blues. The two met each other at an open mic night at a Tupelo club and have played shows together under the name, Two Troubadours. Thornton and Cheney have each spent time juking the blues circuit and stacking accolades like playing with the house band on the Mississippi Queen riverboat, performing the International Blues Challenge and lending rhythm guitar talent for a bluesman who grew play with Muddy Waters.
Jason Carter & The Healers
Kenny Brown has been a student of the Mississippi hill country blues for most of his life. Born in Selma, Alabama, in 1953, his family moved to Nesbit, Mississippi, when he was less than a year old. Kenny developed an interest in playing guitar at the age of ten and began teaching himself the basics. Two years later, the bluesman Joe Callicott moved in next door, and Kenny’s fate was sealed. This unlikely pair would spend hours together, whether in the morning before Kenny had to be at school or in the evening as soon as Kenny came home.On some nights, Kenny would hear the music coming from Othar Turner’s place down the way. Growing up in this part of Mississippi, Kenny was surrounded by musicians: Junior Kimbrough, Fred McDowell, and R. L. Burnside. Their influence wasn’t wasted on this young white boy, and Kenny made sure to prove himself to them all.
By the age of eighteen he was playing with Burnside’s band; over the next thirty or so years together, they would tour all over the world. Burnside often referred to Kenny as his “adopted son”.
Bill “Howlin Mad” Perry
Take one glance at the iconic tintype photograph which serves as the cover to his new album, Benton County Relic, and you know immediately that Cedric Burnside is the real deal. “When I first saw it, I thought I looked like an outlaw,” he laughs. The 39-year-old still lives on several acres not far from the Holly Springs, Mississippi, home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside whom Cedric famously played with, just as his own father, drummer Calvin Jackson, did. Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones. Grammy-nominated in 2015 for Best Blues Album for the Cedric Burnside Project’s Descendants of Hill Country, as well as the recipient of the Blues Music Awards honor as Drummer of the Year for four consecutive years, Cedric’s latest album offers a showcase for his electric and acoustic guitar, recording 26 tracks in just two days with drummer/slide guitarist Brian Jay in the latter’s Brooklyn home studio in a rush of creativity. It’s his first release for Single Lock Records, the Florence, Alabama label headquartered across the Tennessee River from the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and responsible for critically acclaimed records by John Paul White, Nicole Atkins, Dylan LeBlanc and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.