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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 03:11 PM
Share 2/28/11 The Activities Council of Thomson, Inc. has announced the lineup for the 18th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The annual one day fest, voted by Southeastern Tourism writers as one of the top small cultural events in the Southeast, will be held at the regular festival site, on Stagecoach Road, 300 yards off Washington Highway, north of Thomson, Georgia.

The event is held each year to bring great music and musicians to the rural South, as well as pay tribute to country blues legend McTell, a Thomson native son, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County. The small town feel and exceptional quality of the music presented year in and year out, makes the McTell Festival a special event indeed. Annually, the organizers strive to feature artists who offer the best in American music, focusing on the styles of Americana, folk, gospel, rock, blues and all its variations….players that our smaller market can support; music played by folks at the top of their game. Again, that’s what will be presented in Thomson on 2011

This year’s stellar roster features headliner and closing act Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and includes Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Hall & the Prisoners of Love featuring Jack Pearson, the Georgia Horns featuring Chris Crenshaw and Marcus Printup, Jack Pearson, Atlanta's Mark Miller & Travelin Shoes, and Crosstie Walkers.
The jazzy, funk side of blues will be represented at the festival in the form of none other than Trombone Shorty, along with his combo Orleans Avenue. This act is one of the hottest touring bands today and they’ll come through Thomson after working the Main Stage at New Orleans Jazzfest in April, 2011. His latest disc “Backatown”, released in 2010, was nominated for a GRAMMY and currently sits in the top 10 on Billboard’s jazz charts. Says New Orleans native Troy Andrews or ‘Shorty’, “What we do is just another word for 'gumbo . . . we make different music fit in one mixture that has a funky and huge rock edge to it.” The McTell Fest has never really featured great horn players and what an act to get it started.

Four time GRAMMY Nominee Marcia Ball knows how to get after it onstage with her infectious and emotional brand of rollicking, roadhouse blues and ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball and her crackerjack combo have earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound all her own. Ms Ball has been to Thomson before as our headliner and after a ton of requests from our patrons, we are glad she is coming back to east Georgia. She’s the winner of eight Blues Music Awards - four wins in the last five years for Best Piano Player, plus recent wins for Best Contemporary Blues - Female Artist (twice), and once each for Contemporary Blues Album for So Many Rivers and Blues Album of the Year for Presumed Innocent. Her latest release, titled Peace, Love & BBQ debuted at #1 in the Billboard Blues Charts.

The rest of the artists in this year’s lineup are equally as impressive as our headliners. Jimmy Hall & the Prisoners of Love featuring Jack Pearson are the very essence of a harmonica based, soul-shouting, blues combo. Pick up a copy of Hall’s “Rendezvous with the Blues” prior to the festival if you need any more proof. With Jack Pearson, one of Nashville’s premier players holding down guitar, this band will be something to see. Hall led 70’s southern rockers, Wet Willie, and sings, plays harp and sax, is a favorite of Georgia audiences.

Along with Jack Pearson (who’ll play a mini-set on his own), we’ll also feature another absolute guitar giant, Sonny Landreth. Landreth also comes from Louisiana and his style of playing the slide guitar is nothing short of phenomenal. He’s been leading a trio for awhile, but check the collaborations that he keeps and you can tell that he’s a guitar player’s player. His latest disc, From the Reach, features guitar duets on Landreth originals with the likes of Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, and Vince Gill, to name a few. He’s working on a new disc, to be released this spring, and he’ll make it into town on the heels of an appearance on the Main stage of the N.O. Jazz Fest as well.

Crosstie Walkers from Thomson usually represent east Georgia at the festival and they’ll be opening up again this year. But along with this Thomson band, we’re proud to present another act this year with local roots. In a combo put together especially for the festival, we’ll present the Georgia Horns, featuring Thomson’s Chris Crenshaw on trombone and Conyers native, Marcus Printup on trumpet.

Both Chris and Marcus have regular jobs playing and touring in New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. Crenshaw has been itching to play here in his hometown for awhile, and we were finally able to squeeze his booking into his busy schedule. The set will be called Swinging the Blues with the Georgia Horns. Along with Crenshaw and Printup, local sax player, Stantawn Kendrick will be in the sextet as well.

Newcomers, Mark Miller and Travelin Shoes, a gospel and blues based string band from Atlanta, will be featured this year. These guys just released a set of Willie McTell gospel tunes called Ain’t it Grand…the Gospel Songs of Willie McTell and if you like McTell’s music, you’ll love these interpretations.

Mentioned earlier, Thomson’s Crosstie Walkers will also open up the day at the 2011 event. They will be showcasing music from over twenty years of playing together, both originals and covers that they make their own.

As in years gone by, there will be an array of vendors serving traditional Southern food and beverages…..ribs, chicken, fish, Cajun, great dishes that go hand in hand with the music that will be on tap that day. Carry in food and drink will not be allowed. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Advance tickets for the Saturday afternoon show will be $25. Tickets will go on sale in mid-March, and will be available locally at the Chamber office, as well as, on line at www.blindwillie.com. For info, visit www.blindwillie.com or the Blind Willie McTell Facebook

 
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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 03:20 PM
25 miles or so from where I live....

 

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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 03:56 PM
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You lucky dog you .. say hi to Jack for me ..

 

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You lucky dog you .. say hi to Jack for me ..
Come to GA, Mike. I'll put you up at my crib.

 

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I was gonna go last year. Then Hoopee Jam got scheduled for the same weekend and I was going to try to get to both. Then I got sick and didn't make it to either. Maybe I'll have better luck this year. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away.

 

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I was gonna go last year. Then Hoopee Jam got scheduled for the same weekend and I was going to try to get to both. Then I got sick and didn't make it to either. Maybe I'll have better luck this year. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away.
Are you in NC now, Bob?

 

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I was gonna go last year. Then Hoopee Jam got scheduled for the same weekend and I was going to try to get to both. Then I got sick and didn't make it to either. Maybe I'll have better luck this year. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away.
Are you in NC now, Bob?

Yep, about 20 miles south of Asheville. Been here 18 months now.

 

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I was gonna go last year. Then Hoopee Jam got scheduled for the same weekend and I was going to try to get to both. Then I got sick and didn't make it to either. Maybe I'll have better luck this year. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away.
Are you in NC now, Bob?
Yep, about 20 miles south of Asheville. Been here 18 months now.
Another satisfied transplanted midwesterner, huh?

 

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I was gonna go last year. Then Hoopee Jam got scheduled for the same weekend and I was going to try to get to both. Then I got sick and didn't make it to either. Maybe I'll have better luck this year. I'm only 3 1/2 hours away.
Are you in NC now, Bob?
Yep, about 20 miles south of Asheville. Been here 18 months now.
Another satisfied transplanted midwesterner, huh?

Oh yeah. Especially this time of year. It's 68 degrees and sunny here today, but it's snowing in my old Michigan town.

 

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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 05:11 PM
I was just watching the Live from GreatWoods 1998 pay-per-view with Jack Pearson. I had forgotten how awesome he was with the Bros. Playing wise and vocally.
 

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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 05:50 PM
Jack Pearson AND Sonny Landreth - sounds like a slide-tastic day. Enjoy, BDOB!!
 

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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 06:23 PM
Nice line-up.............Marcia Ball Rocks!.....Caught her as Delbert McClinton's opener a few years back...

 

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Man I wish I could afford it I would be on my way sounds like a freekin good time and awesome music .. and Thanks very much for the offer...

 

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  posted on 3/12/2011 at 11:52 PM
About 50 miles from my house and I will be dead center of this fest....

 

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  posted on 3/14/2011 at 11:20 AM
Where is this, guys? Between Atlanta and Athens? I want to try to make this.....sounds too good to miss.
 
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Where is this, guys? Between Atlanta and Athens? I want to try to make this.....sounds too good to miss.
Randy, get on I-20 and head east. It's right off of I-20, exit 172, 28 miles from the SC state line. Thomson is the next big town west of the metro Augusta area.

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  posted on 3/14/2011 at 12:05 PM
I talked to the wife. We're in!

 

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  posted on 3/15/2011 at 09:47 AM
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I talked to the wife. We're in!




Great news Been too long since we last hung out

 

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Come on up Bro......

 

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  posted on 3/23/2011 at 02:34 PM
Tickets on sale today:

http://www.tixonline.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Co de=bw_blind_willie

 

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  posted on 3/23/2011 at 03:31 PM
wish jack would go on a little tour with gregg again.
 

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  posted on 5/6/2011 at 01:12 AM
^ing for Blind Willie

 

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  posted on 5/6/2011 at 07:57 AM
This is only an hour and 1/2 away for me! I might just have to venture down Thomson way for an afternoon of Jimmy & Jack and Sonny and Marcia Ball! If the weather looks like it's gonna behave, I'll see you guys there!
 

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Any suggestions as to nearby places to stay?

Live shows by the Prisoners of Love are a rare and wonderful thing. Not to be missed, if you're anywhere within reasonable distance. And after seeing Trombone Shorty a few weeks ago, just makes this look even better. Somebody did quite a job putting this line-up together.

What's the deal as to seating, beverage, etc.? Bring chairs? Coolers?

It's on Preakness day, so I have a quandary. Haven't missed playing the Preakness since 1986--25 years. Got some ponderin' to do.

 
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Any suggestions as to nearby places to stay?

Live shows by the Prisoners of Love are a rare and wonderful thing. Not to be missed, if you're anywhere within reasonable distance. And after seeing Trombone Shorty a few weeks ago, just makes this look even better. Somebody did quite a job putting this line-up together.

What's the deal as to seating, beverage, etc.? Bring chairs? Coolers?

It's on Preakness day, so I have a quandary. Haven't missed playing the Preakness since 1986--25 years. Got some ponderin' to do.


Hey Randy,

White Columns Inn is the biggest hotel in Thompson. Nice and right down the rpoad for the festival. Bring your own lawn chair. Beverages, adult and otherwise sold on site. Adult beverages are very inexpensive... We will have some places to sit under the shade. Great food available on site and very reasonable.....

Can't believe this lineup in my back yard

 

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