Hill Country Picnic celebrates the blues

BY SHEENA BARNETT, Oxford citizen

WATERFORD – Fan favorites and fresh faces are all performing at this weekend’s Hill Country Picnic.

The annual music festival and non-profit celebrates hill country blues with two days of concerts and a guitar workshop. Organizer and blues musician Kenny Brown said the annual festival is a good way to hear favorite artists and discover new favorites.

“Every year I’m glad to see these people; they’re friends of mine,” he said.
This year’s lineup includes Rocket 88, Rev. John Wilkins, Cary Hudson, Duwayne Burnside Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory and Bill “Howl N Madd” Perry.

The guitar workshop starts today, and instructors are Garry Burnside, Eric Deaton and Cary Hudson. The festival also includes a raffle.

“Luther (Dickinson) donated a notebook with song lists and notes, and we have a guitar donated,” Brown said. “We have paintings and a lot of cool stuff.”

The money raised at the raffle goes to a local cause. Last year, the proceeds paid for bluesman T. Model Ford’s funeral and tombstone. This year, Brown said, the money will go toward tombstones for members of R.L. Burnside’s family.

Because the festival is outdoors, fans should bring along sunscreen and bug spray. Coolers are allowed, but glass isn’t.

For a complete list of details, visit nmshillcountrypicnic.com.

Brown is proud of how the festival has grown. This year, the festival celebrates its ninth anniversary.
“It’s looking better every year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the 10th anniversary.”

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

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