Thursday, June 10, 2010
Annual festival two weeks away in Potts Camp
The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic will be held June 25-26, off Highway 349 in Potts Camp.
The festival lineup features Hill Country musicians Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside, The North Mississippi Allstars, Jimbo Mathus, Rising Star Fife and Drum Band and many more. The two-day festival takes place on an 1,100-acre site in the rolling hills of Marshall County and will run from noon until after midnight both days.
The festival, in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Potts Camp resident and acclaimed bluesman Kenny Brown, who has witnessed first-hand the worldwide 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,” Brown said, “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, this will be our fifth year – we’ve got a great lineup, and we hope people will come out to enjoy the music, workshop, food and camping.”
Prior to the festival, a hands-on workshop will be held for interested individuals who want to develop their musical skills and broaden their knowledge of roots music. The workshop, led by instructors Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Duwayne Burnside, and Garry Burnside, will be held June 24. Further information is available on the picnic website - www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com.
In the mid-’90s, the world discovered the power and distinctive sounds of North Mississippi blues via the recordings of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Othar Turner. These elder statesmen have all since passed, but their music lives on through their contemporaries, family members, and fans and is solidified through the non-profit organization, North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic Inc. The goal of the organization is to enhance appreciation and educate the general public about the native art form of North Mississippi Hill Country blues music through performance, preservation, and interpretation.
Camping onsite is encouraged for out-of-town visitors and will be allowed Thursday-Saturday nights. Coolers are permitted (no glass – ice chests will be checked for glass), and onsite food vendors will sell local favorites including barbecue and fried catfish. Ice vendors will also be onsite.
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