North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

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

Press Release

3rd annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic

July 4-5, 2008

Last June’s two day North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic was a resounding success, drawing over 2,000 people to a rural site in Potts Camp in Marshall County, MS. The festival demonstrated the vitality of the contemporary blues scene in North Mississippi, with attendees from 31 states and seven different countries. Potts Camp is located off of Route 78, about halfway between Memphis and Tupelo.

The festival celebrates the legacies of departed North Mississippi blues legends including Joe Callicott, Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Othar Turner, and the festival will once again feature many of their children and grandchildren. These include Duwayne Burnside; the Burnside Exploration, featuring Garry Burnside; Cedric Burnside with Lightin Malcolm; David Kimbrough; the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, led by Othar Turner’s 17-year-old granddaughter Sharde Thomas; Kent Burnside and the New Generation.

Other “second generation” acts returning to the event include Kenny Brown, R.L. Burnside’s longtime guitarist and “adopted son;” and the Reverend John Wilkins, son of pre-WWII recording artist Robert Wilkins, whose song “Prodigal Son” was covered by the Rolling Stones. Also performing at the festival are Hill Country Revue (featuring Cody Dickinson, Chris Chew, and Garry Burnside), Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bobby Rush, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Belfour, T-Model Ford, Blue Mountain, Danny Lancaster, Olga Wilhelmine, Rocket 88, Blue Mother Tupelo, Fried Chicken & Gasoline, Afrissippi,  Shannon McNally, Ralph Waller, John Barnett, and other Special Guests.

There are several new additions this year, first ON LINE TICKETS SALES – CHECK IT OUT (www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com). Another new addition to the festival for 2008 will be a one-day workshop on July 3rd providing visitors a chance to interact with Hill Country musicians.  All levels of expertise will benefit from one on one workshop instruction and feel welcome.  Several breakout sessions will cater to more and less advanced students. The instructors for the workshop will be: Kenny Brown, Cedric Burnside, DuWayne Burnside, Garry Burnside, Wendy Garrison, Dave Kimbrough, and Kinney Kimbrough. In conjunction with the Picnic will be the unveiling ceremony for the Marshall County Historic Blues Trail Marker honoring R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough to be held on the Holly Springs Square, July 3rd. Donations to Marshall County Historic Blues Trail Marker can be made at http://www.myspace.com/hollyspringsbluestrail.

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 Thursday – 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, Freeland & Freeland, One Day Signs, Holly Springs Tourism, Oxford Tourism, ComCast Media, MS Arts Commission, Honest Tunes, and Living Blues.

For more information visit the websites:
www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com 
myspace.com/northmississippihillcountrypicnic

3 Comments»

  JD Upshaw wrote @

I was born and raised in Houston, Mississippi, but i’ve lived in Austin for thirty years. So I’m kinda spoiled by the great music scene there.
I was very happy when I happened to be home for NMHCP 2007, otherwise there is very little enterainment in this part of the state. So thank you all for bringing the blues home!! I’ve got folks coming from Austin, Chappel Hill, NC and maybe New York. I’m looking forward to another great picnic, keep up the good work.
Blue Skies,
JD upshaw
Austin,Texas/Houston, Mississippi
P.S. look for me around the Hacky Sack circle.

  p flambeau wrote @

Will you have a VIP section like they do at
bonaroo where we can park an rv or just come
for the day and have an air conditioned tent
and luxe portable bathrooms.
I would like to bring my children, is there an
age limit?
thanks, p

  Bernie Mac’s Dad wrote @

Will there be goat this year? I read the press release from the original picnic and it included goat among the Mississippi delicacies being served. I’ve always dreamt of having a nice juicy goat sandwich, and figured this could be my only chance. See you all at the picnic!


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