This is the seventh staging of the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, which was founded by North Mississippi blues artist Kenny Brown and his wife Sara Davis-Brown and run as a non-profit enterprise. Brown has been playing North Mississippi blues for most of his life; as a child in Nesbit his neighbor was pre-war recording artist Mississippi Joe Callicott, he later played with local harmonica great Johnny Woods, and, most famously, spent years playing together with R.L. Burnside. He's recorded a number of fine solo albums, the most recent being a double CD including a live set from the Picnic and an acoustic session at his house.
Kenny travels around the world to play music, but also performs a lot locally -- for the last several months he's played an early evening gig on Wednesdays at the Lamar Lounge in Oxford.
This year the Picnic is once again located at Ponderosa Ranch, which is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Highways 7 and 310 in southern Marshall County, near the Lafayette County line. The owners of the ranch also run nearby Betty Davis Barbecue, where Oxford residents have frequented for years to get cold beer on Sundays.
To buy tickets or camping passes and to register for the guitar workshop on Friday morning go here.
Here's the Picnic's official description:
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 Otha Turner. These elder statesmen have all since passed, but their music lives on through their contemporaries, family members, and disciples. 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.
The festival features artists with close ties to North Mississippi Hill Country blues. The festival lineup includes all of the major contemporary artists with direct ties to R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Otha Turner. The festival takes place in Marshall County on a 128 acre site in the rolling hills of Waterford, MS. The two day festival runs until midnight both days. Local vendors offer typical North Mississippi cuisine including barbeque, catfish, and watermelon.
In addition to the festival, there will also be a five hour workshop early in the day on June 28th which will feature hands on instruction by Festival artists.
3:30-4:00 Lil Hambones
4:00-4:45 Workshop Jam
5:00- 5:45 Tate Moore
6:00-6:45 Blue Mother Tupelo
7:00-7:45 Rocket 88
8:00-8:45 Eric Deaton Trio
9:00-9:45 Bobby Rush
10:00-10:45 David Kimbrough Band
11:00-11:45 Duwayne Burnside w/Band
11:45-12:15 Friday Night Jam
10:30-11:00 Adam Gussow
11:15-11:45 Solar Porch
12:00-12:30 Joe Ayers
12:45-1:15 Robert Belfour
1:30-2:15 Rev. John Wilkins
2:30-3:15 George McConnell and The Non Chalants
3:30- 4:00 T-Model Ford Tribute w Bill Abel and Friends
4:10-4:40 Ian Siegal
4:45-5:30 Garry Burnside Band
5:45-6:30 Blue Mountain
6:45-7:30 Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory
7:45-8:15 Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
8:15-9:00 Kenny Brown Band
9:15-10:00 Jimbo Mathus & TheTri-State Coalition
10:15-11:00 North MS Allstars
11:00-12:00 Hill Country Kings