BY SHEENA BARNETT
WEST POINT – It’s Howlin’ Wolf season.
The 18th annual Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is Friday in West Point, and it features a host of blues musicians honoring West Point’s late bluesman.
“The blues are alive and well in West Point, Miss.,” said the festival’s director, Richard Ramsey. “The Wolf is at your door.”
Performing at this year’s festival are Mark “Muleman” Massey Blues Band with Grammy winner Billy Earheart, Ben Prestage, Homemade Jamz, The Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band.
Prestage is a one man band, playing drums with his feet while strumming his cigar-box guitar.
“He’s one person on stage,” Ramsey said, “but sounds like a full band.”
Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee, a 2010 Grammy nominee, is a New Orleans native who’s played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and B.B. King.
Tupelo’s Homemade Jamz Blues Band released its fourth album, “Mississippi Hill Country,” earlier this year.
“They just got back from a Canadian blues festival, where they received a standing ovation for their set. This show is not to be missed,” he said.
Barbecue, smoked sausage, popcorn and other concessions will be sold, as well as autographed CDs and art prints. Two guitars will be given away, too.
The Howlin’ Wolf Blues Museum will be open Friday and Saturday.
“We have people coming in from Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York,” Ramsey said. “Come and get your blues on.”