However, a lot of blues folks will be avoiding the hustle and bustle of the main stages to catch some of the talent playing on other stages. If they do, they will be experiencing music from artists like Kenny Neal, Jumpin Johnny Sansone, Cyril Neville, and Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun (Thursday), Bernie Pearl, Ruthie Foster, The Wampus Cats, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets (with Kim Wilson), Paul Thorn, Vasti Jackson, Carl Weathersby, and Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues (Friday), and Davis Coen, Lonnie Shields, Samantha Fish, David Berntson, Kenny Smith, Bob Margolin, Ann Rabson, Reverend John Wilkins, Reba Russell, Fruteland Jackson, Randall Bramblett, the Cate Brothers, Big George Brock, Roy Rogers, EB Davis, James Cotton, and Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater (Saturday). Now, friends....you can't beat that action with a stick. That's more blues in one place at one time than many people experience in a lifetime.
For the daily King Biscuit line-up, you can visit the festival website. For other related shows in the area over the next few weeks, visit Cat Head's live music calendar page.
Here's a general overview of the Festival, filmed by somebody during last year's festival...to sort of give you a feel for what will be going on this weekend.
Carl Weathersby will be appearing at this year's festival. Weathersby has battled back from some health issues in recent years and it's great to have his powerful, Albert King-influenced guitar work front and center again.
Smokin' Joe Kubek and B'nois King are a dynamic pair of guitarists who specialize in rugged Texas blues and soul. While they're not listed as appearing this year, they have just released a great acoustic CD on Delta Groove Records that is worth a listen. This clip is from a couple of years ago at the Biscuit.
A band that will be appearing this year is the acoustic duo, Tyrannosaurus Chicken. This pair makes some mighty good music and have a growing fan base in the delta region.
Here's delta bluesman/ace mechanic Johnny Billington, playing the blues standard "Stormy Monday." For years, Billington has spent his spare time teaching local kids how to play the blues at Johnny Billington's Blues Academy. He had seen that most of the kids in his neighborhood didn't have a place to go or things to do for fun, so he did it part to give them an opportunity to learn something and also to help keep them out of trouble. Billington's been doing this for over twenty years.
Finally, here's an amazing tune from Mississippi's own Dexter Allen, from last year's festival. The guy playing drums at the end of the clip is Derrick "D'Mar" Martin from D'Mar & Gill.
As you can see, there's any and all sorts of blues being played this weekend in the delta. If you're able to get down here even for a day, it's definitely worth your time. While you're here, make plans to enjoy the remaining festivals that will be coming up, including the Cat Head Mini Blues Festival at Clarksdale in front of the Cat Head store on Sunday, the 7th, from 9:00 am until, followed by the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming in Hopson that same day in the afternoon.