Delayed from its usual July date, the Oxford, Mississippi Blues Festival was held September 23-25, 2021 on the Square in downtown Oxford – a city rich in culture from William Faulkner to Old Miss to Square Books, and a setting fit for southern blues and a weekend celebration of southern music. The 10th Annual Oxford Blues Fest was filled with the blues, food, and fun for all ages. Festival organizer Darryl Parker pieced together a great line-up for the weekend, including Friday night's headliner Bobby Rush.
Bobby is a GRAMMY-winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner, and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and a big fan favorite. His most recent Grammy win in 2021 for Best Traditional Blues Album “Rawer than Raw” beat out another performer at the festival, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes who was also nominated in this same category for his album “Cypress Grove”. Bobby spent time mingling with fans both before and after his performance.
The Fest lineup included many of the who’s who in Blues including Chicago’s own Lurrie Bell, Wolfeagle, RL Boyce, who performed with not only Lightnin' Malcolm but all Little Willie Farmer. Memphissippi Sounds, which features Cam Kimbrough as one half of the duo on drums, guitar, and vocals, Ghalia Volt's One Woman Band, Duwayne Burnside, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Miss Australia Jones "Honeybee" Neal with Ken "Pickle" Byest on drums, Matt Gaylord and the D13, The “Great “Effie Burt, Johnny Down, Jamie Todd and his Band ByGod, Patrick Sweany and Zechariah Lloyd.
If you have a few days to explore and get an early start, you can get to Oxford by early afternoon. The Oxford Blues Fest and the surrounding area are certainly worth the time to road trip from Naptown!
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