Thursday, September 9, 2010
Best crowd yet at ‘Blues Alley’
By SUE WATSON
Holly Springs Main Street Association’s bikers rally had the biggest turnout of the summer Thursday with 46 bikers participating and an attendance estimated at about 400, according to Charles Terry with the promotions committee.
The bikers rally gathers on North Center Street at 6:30 p.m., as well as music lovers, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Hidden Treasures event, designed to promote Holly Springs and the Hill Country Blues Trail, will continue each Thursday to the end of September.
Soul Finger Blues Band was added to the lineup Thursday, joining regulars Robert Kimbrough Sr. and The Blues Connection, Ralph Waller and The Tough Street Band, and Duwayne Burnside band. Vocalists with Soul Finger were Harold Washington, aka “Stix,” and Booker Brown. Playing electric guitar were Steve Cunningham and Harold Washington and on electric bass guitar were Wayne “Big Bell” Bell and Harold Johnson.
“Stix” performed three songs – including “Turning Back the Hands of Time” and “Mississippi Boy.” Brown sang three songs: “Bootie Roll,” “Mr. Jody” and “Ladies Night.” Soul Finger is based in Memphis.
Some new bikers joining the street party last week were Chuck Churchill (The Rental Barn), Pappy Phillips, John David Strickland, “Bartender” and Everette James from Batesville, Tracy Reynolds, “G” and “Suge” of Memphis, Woodrow Faulkner of Holly Springs and Cal Harris from Byhalia.
Some faces in the crowd included Bobby Harris, Judge Ernest Cunningham, Monet Autry, Annie Moffitt, Fannie Lampley, Andy McMillon, Charles Terry, Sy Oliver, Joyce Phillips, Shirley Eason, Ronnie Nichols, Judy Smith, Teresa Dobbs, Lisa Farmer, Jeff Farese, Patty Baker, Jackie Thomas, Wayne Fiddis, Mildred Williams and Janice Dorich.
Speaking of the new energy in Holly Springs generated by the event, Willie Wilkinson, who is serving as emcee and as a liaison between the promotions committee and the musical artists, said, “We are about transformation here in Blues Alley.”
Main Street Association Executive Director Judy Smith is proud of the attendance and the goodness and fellowship the event is fostering.
“Thanks to the proud people of the city,” Smith said. “People are so good.”
Fannie Lampley, who serves on the Main Street promotions committee echoed Smith’s remarks.
“You can’t find a more respectful crowd,” she said. “The Holly Springs community is missing a lot (those who do not come out). We invite them to come down and take a stroll down Blues Alley.”
Main Street Association’s next sponsored event following the bikers rally will be a Halloween event in October on the square. The theme is Community Harvest Festival, Smith said.
Special thanks to employees with the Holly Springs police and fire departments for providing safe streets and traffic control.
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