Art’s Music Dothan – We are getting excited for party! With your support, we aim to present the 10th Annual Wiregrass Blues Fest “Blues, Brews & BBQ” on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at The Plant in Dothan, AL. Our mission is to live the blues by keeping education and entertainment. Here are some examples of what we provide to the community:
Agile and dynamic, King Baby’s sound balances earthy R&B, simmering soul, simmering funk and a jazz-tinged improvisational bent – with compelling original vocal and instrumental compositions as the pivot. Emerging from Atlanta’s fertile, diverse music scene, King Baby assembles a uniquely compelling, invigorating sound from scraps of their influences, cemented by their longstanding friendship and fearless willingness to experiment, directed with clear discipline and tremendous musicianship.
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Consisting of Rick Lollar (guitar and vocals), Danny Paschall (drums), Kevin Scott (bass), and keyboardist and WBS Honoree David Adkins), King Baby harnesses the energy and fear of unfettered jams to create tight, evocative songwriting. her music is both provocative and accessible.
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Hailing from Southwest Missouri and deeply inspired by the musical heritage of Memphis, Sister Lucille turned the worlds of Blues, Roots and Soul on their collective heads and created her own genre – Memphunk!
Singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist Ben Flournoy creates captivating, blues-infused pop, with clever melodies and laid-back vocals reminiscent of icons like Eric Clapton and John Mayer.
FoNNoNy first picked up the guitar at the age of ten. Even taught, he plays with intensity and skill beyond his years. His debut solo album is set to be released in 2023.
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Tim is the current Touring Touring Keyboard for rock legend rick Derration. His piano and keyboard skills are performed with Pam Tillis, Hank Williams Jr., Olivia Newton John, Blake Shelton, Mark Chesnutt and more.
Leon Atkins, better known as Lil’ Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as anyone who has had the privilege of hearing his spiky guitar work, gravelly voice and haunting harmonica will attest. A high charismatic figure, lil ‘Jimmy epitomises the classical Louisiana Home Blues Tradition.
The Heritage band consists of experienced musicians Marcus Hart (Bass), Keith Anderson (Drums), Namon Flowers (keyboard), Tony Hawthorne (SAX).
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Southern roots, Bayou Soul. Big Al and the Heavyweights originally formed in 1996 as the Unknown Blues Band, with founding members Al Lauro, Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule), and pianist Rick Gergen (Sweethearts of the Rodeo). Of course, Warren is no longer in the group, but Big Al has formed a solid group of musicians that includes Louisiana Music Hall of Fame pianist singer Wayne Lohr along with guitarist singer extraordinaire Marcel Anton and famous California bassist singer Mark Parsons.
We hope you will be a sponsor today from the festival! Your sponsorship dollars are tax deductible and directly support our mission to keep the blues in the Wiregrass area.
Festival season is here! The 10th annual WIRELGRASS BLUES FEST is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the plant in Dothan, Alabama. Don’t miss this year’s festival.
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Gates open at 2:00, music starts at 2:30. Our group is the best yet! Come enjoy good food from our food vendors competing in a BBQ contest!
All corporate sponsors, VIPS and ticket holders are invited to the festival meet and greet the night before the party. The location will be at BELLA’s Ball Room located in the COLBY Building at 191 North Foster St., in beautiful Downtown Dothan, Al.
The attendees will be treated to music. Also get a chance to meet our presenters and learn about our Honorees. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available to all. We hope to see you at our free pre-party!
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1. Annika Chambers, 2017, 2. Debbie Bond & the Blues Women, Betty Fox, and Brandon Santini, 2016, 3. Sol Tree, 2016, 4. Hurricane Ruth, 2018, 5. Festival Crowd, 2014, 6. Dr. Jeneve Brooks, Lenny Trawick, and Gil Anthony, 2017, 7. Brandon Santini & Band, 2016, 8. Shar Baby and Debbie Bond, 2014, 9. Packrat’s Smokehouse Band, 2019
The Wiregrass Blues Festival (WBF) began in 2011 as a tribute concert to the late blues legend and Dothan native, Eddie Kirkland. The WBF is a celebration of the incredible blues traditions of our region. Each year we present exceptional blues and blues-inspired performances to our community. In addition to the Festival performances, we host public performances by local living and deceased honorees as a tribute to those who pioneered or forged a place in the music industry during each Festival season.
Our group always represents the unique music culture of our region. WBF artists have spent decades honing their craft and their performances at our Festival always reflect musical excellence.
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Curious about past festival performances? If so, see our detailed listings below. Have a snap, or two! “I’m looking forward to hearing from (Stanford Barnes),” said Charlie Daniels, who turns 82 on Oct. 28. “I love the blues.”
When a hard-working country fiddler from Nashville meets blues guitar from Montgomery “Lucille,” it’s a good time for a field trip.
On Saturday at 7 p.m., Montgomery’s own Stanford Barnes opens for country music legend Charlie Daniels at the Dothan Civic Center. In a phone interview Friday, Daniels encouraged everyone to go out and have fun.
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“Our whole thing when we get on stage is to entertain people,” Daniels said. “Put the songs together in a way that makes it work and keep the show going. Just entertaining people.”
Although they lived around the same era, this will be the first time for Daniels and Barnes to meet.
“I’m looking forward to hearing (Barnes),” said Daniels, who turns 82 on Oct. 28 and will perform with his Charlie Daniels Band. “I love the blues.”
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Barnes, who is nearly 80 years old and plays with his band Slim and the Soulful Saints, said, “I’ve always liked (Daniels’) work. ‘The Devil Came Down to Georgia,’ I love that.”
Country and blues are musically related, and Barnes said he actually grew up listening to country. “I’ve done a lot of land. I’ve done land basically my whole life,” Barnes said. “I was raised in that time when we didn’t have soul music or anything other than country to listen to. That’s how I learned so much about the artists.”
Actually, Barnes played in a country band. “People would book me. They thought I was a white guy,” Barnes said. “We’d go in and set up the equipment, and they thought we were highwaymen, you know?”
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It was a chance meeting with a man named Bill Moody during Barnes’ performance at SweetCreek Farm Market in Pike Road that sealed the deal for that show.
“(Grumpy) said, ‘I’ll get you on that show, man.’ He liked what we did, “Barnes said.
Moody, who was a DJ at WBAM from 1961-78, said he wanted to get back into promotions and “bring back the golden age of rock and roll.”
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“Mike Blackwell owns the show, but I do all his promotion,” Moody said. “And when he said he needed an opening act, I told him and he accepted that I had the right one for him.”
“Here I am, a local bluesman opening for country icon, Charlie Daniels,” Barnes said. “It just lifted me up, man.”
Tickets to THE SHOW RANGE FROM $39 to $49.00. They can be purchased at the Dothan Civic Center box office by calling 334-615-3175, or online at DothanCivicCenter.org.
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Barnes – who played with the likes of Clarence Carter, John Lee Hooker, Slim Harpo, B.B. King, JohnnieTaylor and Wilson Pickett – was inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.
In 2016 Daniels, Daniels were included in the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and had an exhibition “Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections” Open Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year, Daniels celebrated his 10th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole. Opry.
“It’s been a great decade for me,” Daniels said. “I have made some dreams come true that I never really realized were close to happening. Being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame was & mldr; It’s hard to say because it’s so special to me.”
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Playing the violin during his performances is something Daniels is known for worldwide. But he is also the first to admit that his self-taught style is a bit rough on the instrument.
‘I break the bow-hair all the time,’ he said. “I pull too hard on the bow, actually. It’s bad technique. I learned it wrong. I don’t have lessons. I just taught myself. I keep breaking bow hair. I break a string every now and then . I broke a string the other night on stage.”
Just as Daniels has been through many fiddles, Barnes has played many guitars over the years.
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One of the most memorable guitars of Barnes had received his first, who he had a child with a good thing he found on a bus, a nice seller, and a credit letter and her boss. It was a twist of fate that led him to a career in music.
About a year ago, Barnes got his new Lucile guitar, modeled after the one played by his late friend B.B. King. Barnes taught