Delbert McClinton will headline the 14th annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, but he certainly won't be the only act to take the stage on May 12.
According to a news release from the Activities Council of Thomson Inc., other acts include:
- Francine Reed: Reed makes her return to the festival. She performs all over the country in a variety of blues and jazz settings and is a featured vocalist with alt-country singer Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.
- Rory Block - A solo country blues players.
- John Nemeth - A young vocalist and harmonica player from the West Coast.
- The Wiyos - A New York City band that plays traditional string band music from the early 20th century.
- Breeze Kings - An Atlanta area combo that will open the day of music.
The concert will be held at the festival site, on Stagecoach Road, just east of Washington Highway. The event pays tribute to country blues pioneer Blind Willie McTell, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County.
In addition to the music, there will be vendors serving traditional Southern food and beverages. Carry-in food and drink will not be allowed.
Advance tickets for Saturday afternoon's show will cost $20. Tickets will be available locally at the Depot office and online at www.blindwillie.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
To reach the festival site from Interstate 20, take exit 172. Turn right, continue about two miles and turn right on Stagecoach Road. The festival will be on the left.
From the Appling area, travel north on Cobbham Road and turn right on Stagecoach Road. The festival will be on the right.
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