North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

June 25-26, 2010 .. Potts Camp, MS

2010 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic


Music Schedule for 2010 Picnic

Friday June 25
3:00–3:30 Shannon McNally
3:40- 4:10 Blue Mother Tupelo
4:20–4:50 Robert Belfour
5:00–5:45 Cedric Burnside & Malcolm
6:00–6:45 T Model Ford
7:00–7:45 Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection
8:00–8:45 Hill Country Revue
9:00–9:45 Burnside Exploration
10:00–10:45 Alvin Youngblood Hart
11:00–12:00 Jimbo Mathus
Saturday June 26
10:30– 11:00
11:15– 11:45 Jay Lang & The Ringers
12:00–12:45 Eric Deaton
1:00–1:45 Rocket 88
2:00–2:45 John Wilkins
3:00–3:45 Little Joe Ayers
4:00–5:00 Kent Burnside
5:15–5:45 Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
6:00–6:45 Loose Shoes
7:00-8:00 North MS Allstars Duoluco
8:15–9:15 Blue Mountain
9:30–10:30 DuWayne Burnside
10:45–12:00 Kenny Brown

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Music Schedule for 2009 Picnic

Friday June 26th

12:00 – 12:30 Zack Mack Band

12:45 – 1:15 John Barnett

1:30 – 2:15 Rocket 88

2:30 – 3:15 Blue Mother Tupelo

3:30 – 4:15 Boogie Groove

4:30 – 5:15 Bobby Rush

5:30 – 6:15 Shannon McNally

6:30 – 7:15 Burnside Exploration

7:30 – 8:15 T-Model Ford

8:30 – 9:30 DuWayne Burnside Band

9:45 – 10:45 Jimbo Mathus

11:00 – 12:00 Jam (Jim Dickinson. Danny Lancaster, Duff Durrough, and Special Guests)

Saturday June 27th

12:00-12:45 Kent Burnside & the New Generation

1:00 -1:45 Rev. John Wilkins

2:00 – 2:45 Jay Lang & the Ringers

3:00 – 3:45 Cedric Burnside & Lightin Malcolm

4:00 – 4:45 Eric Deaton

5:00 – 5:30 Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

5:45 – 6:30 Robert Belfour

6:45 – 8:00 Dave Kimbrough

8:15 – 9:15 Hill Country Revue

9:30 – 10:45 North MS Allstars

11:00 – 12:00 Kenny Brown Jam

4th Annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic


The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic is now in the planning stages for the fourth year, following tremendous success in the previous three years.  This year’s festival will be held June 26-27, 2009. Sponsorship and donations are currently being accepted at  The festival takes place on an 1,100 acre site in the rolling hills of Potts Camp. The two day festival runs from noon until after midnight both days. Local vendors offer typical North Mississippi cuisine including barbeque, catfish, and watermelon. Camping on site is encouraged for out-of-town visitors.

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 festival was 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. In starting the festival he wanted to provide an event in which artists would be honored at home with the same high acclaim they experienced globally.

Brown’s goals were solidified through the formation of the non-profit organization North MS 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. The festival features artists with close ties to North Mississippi Hill Country blues. The 2009 festival lineup includes all of the major contemporary artists with direct ties to the three men noted above. Aside from Brown’s band, Duwayne Burnside & the Mississippi Mafia, Burnside Exploration, David Kimbrough, Juke Joint Duo (with Cedric Burnside), Kent Burnside & the New Generation, and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band (led by Otha Turner’s granddaughter Sharde Thomas). Also featured are veteran North Mississippi bluesman who have worked closely with North Mississippi Hill Country artists including James “T Model” Ford, North MS Allstars, Robert Belfour, Jimbo Mathus, Hill Country Revue, Rev John Wilkins, Eric Deaton, Duff Dorough, Shannon McNally, Rocket 88, Blue Mother Tupelo, John Barnett, and the Zack Mack Band.

The Picnic is run by the non –profit organization North MS Hill Country Picnic, Inc., and enjoys great support and sponsorship from North Mississippi communities. Camping will be allowed Friday – Saturday nights, coolers are permitted (NO GLASS: ICE CHEST WILL BE CHECKED FOR GLASS), and vendors will sell local delicacies including barbeque and fried catfish. Sponsors to-date include Flick’s Country Restaurant, R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, Paragon Casino, Mississippi The Musical, Freeland & Freeland, One Day Signs, and Holly Springs Tourism.

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Line Up for 2009 – Scheduled to be released soon!

Kenny Brown

Hill Country Revue

DuWayne Burnside Band

North MS Allstars

Jimbo Mathus &Knockdown South

Burnside Exploration

Dave Kimbrough Band

T-Model Ford

Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Cedric Burnside & Lightin Malcolm

Eric Deaton Trio

Kent Burnside & the New Generation

Rev. John Wilkins

Shannon McNally

Duff Dorough

Rocket 88

Blue Mother Tupelo

Jocco Rushing

John Barnett

Zack Mack Band

North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic 2007 CD Available to Order

The live North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic 2007 CD can now be ordered online via CD Baby.

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Music Schedule for 2008 Picnic

Friday July 4th

10:00 – 10:30 Tate Moore
10:45 – 11:15 Zack Mack Band
11:30 – 12:00 Wendy Garrison
12:15-1:00 Robert Belfour
1:15-2:00 Ralph Waller Band
2:15 – 3:00 Shannon McNally
3:15 – 4:00 Blue Mother Tupelo
4:15 – 5:15 Danny Lancaster & Friends
5:30 – 6:15 Rocket 88
6:30 – 7:15 T-Model Ford
7:30 – 8:15 Bobby Rush
8:30 – 9:15 DuWayne Burnside Band
9:30- 10:30 Burnside Exploration (w/Luther Dickinson)
10:45 – 11:45 Jam With Special Guest

Saturday July 5th

10:00 – 10:30 Ten Cent Hooker
10:40 – 11:10 Shake it Like a Caveman
11:20 – 11:50 Goshen
12:00-12:45 Kent Burnside & the New Generation
1:00-1:45 John Barnett & Band
2:00 – 2:45 Fried Chicken & Gasoline
3:00 – 3:45 Rev. John Wilkins
4:00 – 4:30 Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
4:45 – 5:15 Afrissippi
5:30 – 6:15 Cedric Burnside & Lightin Malcolm
6:25 – 7:10 Blue Mountain
7:20 – 8:00 Dave Kimbrough
8:10 – 8:55 Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory
9:05 – 9:50 Jimbo Mathus &Knockdown South
10:00- 10:45 Hill Country Revue
11:00 – 11:45 Kenny Brown Jam

North Mississippi Hill Country Blues WORKSHOP

Musicians – guitar, slide guitar, bass, drums:

Register now to jam with and have individual instruction from the North MS Hill Country Blues Legends

To register, please:
1.  Click on “ticket information” and purchase a workshop ticket.
2.  A registration form will then be emailed to you asking about your level of expertise, instrument, and whether you would like to be placed in a more or less advanced group.

When:  July 3, 2008 from 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM
Where:  Holly Springs, Mississippi
Instructors:   Kenny Brown, DuWayne Burnside, Garry Burnside, Cedric Burnside, Kinney Kimbrough, Dave Kimbrough, Wendy Garrison
Who should attend:  All levels of expertise will be made to feel welcome.  Several breakout sessions will cater to more and less advanced students