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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sam Chatmon Blues Festival lineup announced -- September 27 in Hollandale, Mississippi

One of the key events of the first weekend of Bridging the Blues is the annual Sam Chatmon Blues Festival in Hollandale, Mississippi. Chatmon (circa 1899-1983) was a longtime resident of Hollandale, located in the south Delta though he was raised in Bolton, which is between Jackson and Vicksburg. In the '20s and '30s he was a member of the Mississippi Sheiks, a string band that included multiple of his brothers; he recorded with the group in addition to making records under his own name. In the 1960s Chatmon returned to performing, and became popular on the festival circuit.  Festival performer Libby Rae Watson was a student of Chatmon's during the '70s and '80s, and still plays his music.

For more information check out the Blues Trail marker for Chatmon in Hollandale, and the Blues Trail marker for the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks. 

Here's Chatmon playing a song and talking about music with folklorist Alan Lomax in 1979.