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Sunday July 7th @ 4pm First Sunday Blues at Elysian Gardens with Robert Kimbrough Sr. www.robertkimbroughsr.com Robert continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of North Mississippi and its distinctive style of blues. Growing up, Robert listened, first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home, at Junior’s Juke Joint Club, and the ever-frequent weekend house party and porch jam session. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues his father’s musical tradition, along with some of his siblings. The Kimbrough name, along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong today, bringing people from all over the world to see and hear them play. The Cotton Patch Soul Blues style that Robert plays is a straight link to the music that his father originated in North Mississippi. It is a deep soul sound that can be linked back to his ancestors coming from the cotton fields, singing and ‘hollering‘ as they worked in the tall rows of Mississippi cotton. This distinct and somewhat underground style of blues is rooted in hypnotic, rhythms and dance-able grooves. The Black Keys released an entire album in 2006 of Junior Kimbrough cover songs called Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Junior Kimbrough. Up until the mid 80s, the only way to hear this music was to visit a church-turned-blues-den founded by Junior Kimbrough in Chulahoma, MS that unfortunately burned down in 2000. Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection can be seen on the Mississippi blues series “Mojo Hands and Moonshine,”Episode 2: Paul MacLeod Has Left The Building. In this episode, blues impresarios Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel visit the site of Junior Kimbrough’s burned down Juke Joint and interview Robert Kimbrough about Junior Kimbrough’s music and the music tradition that Robert is carrying on. This is going to be a very special show. $10 door.

Sunday August 4th @ 5pm First Sunday Blues at Elysian Gardens with Duwayne Burnside. Duwayne is one of 14 children born to legendary North Mississippi musician R.L. Burnside and his wife, Alice. He has been a frequent performer with the North Mississippi Allstars since the early 1990s, when that group was fronted by Luther and Cody Dickinson. 
In 1998, Duwayne traveled to Los Angeles to record his first album, Live at the Mint, as Duwayne Burnside & the Mississippi Mafia. In 2001, he joined the North Mississippi Allstars on-stage for the first time in Birmingham, Alabama, and that led to incessant touring with the band. He recorded with them on their third album, Polaris, and is featured on two of the group's EP's. His albums under his own name include Live at the Mint (1998) and Under Pressure (2005), both for B.C. Records. An album celebrating his father's life and music remains in the works. One of the last things he asked his father to do -- R.L. Burnside passed at age 80 in 2005 -- was sing with him at the massive, popular Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. In 2023 he was nominated for a Blues Music Award for his album Acoustic Burnside. Burnside continues to tour, helping to keep the North County, Mississippi hill-style blues flourishing. Duwayne Burnside  $10 door


Sunday August 18th @ 6pm BlueStages with Polly O'Keary & the Rhythm Method. www.pollyokeary.com Polly O’Keary is today’s blues woman, rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. Pulling in influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, she and her trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today’s blues to audiences across the U.S. and Canada.  
The trio she built with her husband and drummer Tommy Cook, a highly sought touring drummer and three-time winner of the Washington Blues Society Blues Drummer award, and with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years. Rounding out the trio is David Miller, who grew up listening to blues in Texas.  At 17, then living in California, Miller met a piano player who was then working for Tommy Castro. The older musician recruited Miller to come play at several bars, and assured the young man that he could get him in, underage though he was. Miller became a regular in clubs in the Bay Area, sitting in with local and touring acts night after night. At 25, then living in San Luis Obispo, he assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years, he and the group went on to become one of Southern California’s most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and praise his “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally.” Dont miss the show! Polly O'Keary BlueStages - REGISTRATION 

Saturday October 5th 
Blues at the Ballpark will return to Rickwood Field.

Sunday October 13th is Battle of the Blues Bands. See below for more information and registration.

Remember out monthly open jams:
Jam at Ranelli's July 12 @ 7pm-10pm
third Thursday Jam at True Story Brewing July 18 @ 7pm-10pm
 

Do visit and support the Southern Music Research Center website www.southernmusicresearch.org Browse their collections where you will find lots of interesting music history of our area including live recordings from Gip's Place.


 


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MCBS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Gianna Turner-Arline, President
 
Roger Stephenson, Vice President 
George Gardiner, Treasurer

Mia Fiterman, Secretary

John Braswell, Board at Large

Amacio Favor, Board at Large

Dawn Lucas, Board at Large




HONORARY BLUES SOCIETY MEMBERS
ARETTA WOODRUFF
CHARLES "SUGAR HARP" BURROUGHS
EARL “GUITAR” WILLIAMS
ELNORA SPENCER
HENRY "GIP' GIPSON

JAMES "J-WAYNE" TRAMMELL
JOCK WEBB Sr.
REITA JAMES - THE RED WOLF LOUNGE
RICK RANELLI - RANELLI'S DELI
ROB HARRIS
SAM FRAZIER Jr.

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