FESTIVAL DEMONSTRATES THE CONTINUING POWER OF NORTH MISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY BLUES
In the mid-‘90s the music world was shaken up by the raw sounds of North Mississippi blues icons R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Othar Turner. Although each of the men had been playing their distinctive styles for decades, it wasn’t until relatively recently that their music received broader acclaim.
These elder statesmen have all since passed, but their music lives on through their contemporaries, family members, and disciples. On July 3 these local traditions will be celebrated at the first annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp, Mississippi, located just southeast of Holly Springs.
The festival’s lineup presents the best of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues tradition as well as some special guests from outside the area.
1:00-1:30 John Barnett
1:30- 2:00 Lil Joe Ayers
2:00- 2:30 Rev John Wilkins
2:30- 3:00 Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
3:00- 3:40 Bobby Rush
4:00- 4:30 Jocco Rushing & the Heatseekers
4:40-5:20 Robert Belfour
5:30-6:00 T Model Ford
6:10- 6:50 Burnside Exploration
7:00-7:50 David Kimbrough
8:00-8:50 Jimbo Mathus & Knockdown South
9:00-9:50 Duwayne Burnside & the Mississippi Mafia
10:00-10:50 Kenny Brown & Hill Country Jam
The festival is the brainchild of Potts Camp resident Kenny Brown, who has witnessed first-hand the world-wide appeal and influence of Hill Country Blues through his long tenure with R.L. Burnside and travels with his own band.
“I got to thinking about how much the music from this area has influenced so many, and although there are a lot of festivals around, no one was focusing on real Hill Country Blues. Everyone I mentioned it to thought it should be done. So here it is.,” says Brown. “We’ve got a real good line up & we hope people will come out & enjoy the music, food and fireworks.”
The festival will take place on an 1100 acre site in the rolling hills of Potts Camp, just south of Route 78 off of highway 349. Gates open at 12 noon. Admission to the festival is $15 per person, $5 per cooler. Attendees are reminded that no glass is allowed. Typical North Mississippi cuisine including barbeque, goat, catfish, and watermelon will be for sale on the premises.
This festival is run by the non-profit organization North MS Hill Country Picnic, Inc.
For more information on the festival visit www.nmshillcountrypicnic.webhop.net
Accommodations, Camping and Hotels:
Remember to bring your blankets and lawn chairs!
Primitive camping will be available free of charge
at the Picnic site for the night of July 3rd ONLY.
Hotels in Holly Springs (10 minutes from festival site)
Magnolia Inn 662-252-7779
Hampton Inn 662-252-5444
Days Inn 662-252-1120
Cottages at Kirkwood 662-252-4888
Also, New Albany and Oxford have available hotels
(both about 25 miles away) & Wall Doxey State Park
& Chewalla Lake both have camping sites
Driving directions from Potts Camp:
Take Potts Camp exit off HWY 78
Go 0.3 miles to stop sign, turn left onto Church Ave.
go 0.4 miles, turn right onto Center Ave (HWY 349),
cross railroad tracks, go 0.9 miles Picnic is on the left.