Weekender: The North MS Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp

Looking for a weekend day trip or a “staycation?”

Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening in Potts Camp:

2009 Hill Country Picnic
June 26-27

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

The Hill Country Revue, featuring Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew of the North Mississippi Allstars, recently released its new album, “Make A Move.”

In an exclusive interview, Cody Dickinson talked about the new album and the blues heritage of North Mississippi.

Tell me about the new album. What were you trying to accomplish sound-wise with this record?
Cody Dickinson (CD): “Make A Move” documents the growth and development of Hill Country Revue. We started recording the very first rehearsal. In fact, Alice Mae is from our earliest sessions. I set out to make an honest, in your face record that perfectly reflects the sound and attitude of the band. We set out to make it very energetic and raw, like our live shows..

Where was it recorded?
CD: Zebra Ranch Studio in MS, Young Ave Sound in Memphis

What was the writing process like for the album?
CD: Garry Burnside wrote the songs specifically for us and brought them to the band.

What are some albums that influenced the sound of “Make A Move?”
CD: Electric Ladyland, Eat a Peach, Shake Hands with Shorty

How big of a role does the area between Oxford and Memphis play in your music and why?
CD: I really learned how to entertain people in Memphis and Oxford. As an audience, Memphis has seen the best over the years. We really have to bring the heat to be noticed in this city. Oxford is where I learned how to get college kids dancing and partying. There is a fine art in southern party music.

What was it like growing up watching people such as R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough?
CD: I got to know RL through his sons. RL was a family man who loved to tell jokes. I think I learned as much about being a man as I did about playing music from him. Junior was a mighty seducer of women. I watched him sing to every girl in the club at the same time. Brilliant.

How has the death of these greats and the recent death of Willie King impacted the North Mississippi music scene?
CD: North MS Hill Country Blues is as alive and vibrant as ever. It is a modern phenomenon. People are way to quick to write off authentic blues as music from the past. I’ve seen the next generation with my own eyes. There is an interesting transition that occurs from generation to generation. The traditions are preserved while being interpreted at the same time..

How do you keep the live show fresh night after night?
CD: HCR is constantly working on new music and writing new songs. This band is vibrant and creative. We stick to the record material while stretching out and experimenting. We like to throw brand new songs into the set to mix it up night to night

What’s next for the band?
CD: World domination 2010

More Information: http://hillcountrypicnic.wordpress.com/

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