Recently restored archival footage by UNC Southern FolkLife Collection, courtesy of Jas Obrecht and footage from the private collection of Johnnie Smith, sixty- five minutes of unseen footage of Junior Kimbrough circa 89/1990.
From the home movie collection of local Holly Springs, MS resident Johnnie Smith. Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys play two songs at her father’s, John Smith’s horse farm located on Hwy 309 near Holly Springs. May 4, 1989 (8 mins. video) Joe Ayers smoking on bass, drums “Allabu Juju”.
Provided and filmed by acclaimed music writer Jas Obrecht, Junior Kimbrough seen playing inside the Chewalla Rib Shack, with Joe Ayers on bass and Calvin Jackson on drums. Excellent quality footage captures the atmosphere of a Mississippi juke joint unfiltered. After Junior performs he consents to an interview where he talks candidly about his style of music, Cotton Patch Blues. This part of the film served as the Q/A section of “Junior Kimbrough: Mississippi Juke Joint Blues,” Guitar Player “, Aug. ’95. Filmed Sept. 23, 1990, 58 mins.
With the permission of Jas Obrecht, UNC Southern FolkLife Collection
In conjunction with The Son and Friends of Junior Kimbrough
Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival
produced by/product of Robert Kimbrough Sr. Inc. + FANCY! Partners
Don’t Put out the man’s FIRE! 2nd Annual RL BOYCE PICNIC and BLUES CELEBRATION August 16-17, 2018 Como, MS
Como Bluesman RL Boyce was first recorded in 1970. Playing percussion on his 15th birthday with his Uncle, Othar Turner’s Fife and Drum band. Today in 2018 at 62 a recent Grammy nominee, we celebrate RL’s 63rd birthday. A lifetime of creating music we invite all to come and revel in his astounding achievements. Rooted in the family tradition Sherena Boyce RL’s daughter and famed #1 Juke Joint Dancer has put together a star studded Hill Country Blues line up to shake ‘em on down. To help everyone get in a hypnotic head Sherena bill two notable area family groups The Hurt Family Fife and Drum band, and Sharde Thomas and The Rising Stars. Plus a bunch of outstanding players including Kenny Brown, Dwayne Burnside, Joyce SheWolf Jones, Cam Kimbrough, Mark Mule Man Massey, Eric Deaton and many more.
THURSDAY AUGUST 16th
RL’s yard 103 Compress Road, 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Get skoolin’ and join the band. Learn the centuries old art of Fife and Drum music from the big blues man and friends. An art forum taught through Afro-American families throughout Mississippi. Spellbinding, hypnotic, and infectious fife and drum music origins date back to the end of the civil war. RL will be available to share his licks and inspire one’s own style. Fife & Drum instruction, and history will be shared by Willie Hurt, first cousin to RL Boyce.
(limited to 10)
Interested please email for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY AUGUST 17th
DON’T PUT OUT THE MY FIRE: RL BOYCE
Artist’s reception 3-5pm
Austin’s Barber & Stylist Shop 219 North Main Street, Como, Ms, 38619
Photos and Films by Yancey Allison
Yancey Allison a Como photographer first met and began photographing RL Boyce in the late 1990s. Decades of shared memories captured on film, Yancey has rarely shown her photos of RL. From raucous yard party performance to tender images of RL cradling his daughter. Yancey’s intimate eye gives an honest glimpse into the life of a 21c. Afro-American Mississippi Blues musician.
FRIDAY AUGUST 17th
HURT FAMILY FIFE AND DRUM BAND ROLLS
Willie will lead the Hurt Family Fife and Drum Band from Austin’s on Main Street to Como Park on West Street. March with us.
COMO Community PARK 5:00pm-11:45pm
West Street, (Behind Windy City Grill) Como, Ms.
RL BOYCE birthday lineup BLASTS OFF!
Live music begins at 5:00 pm with Lil’ Joe Ayers, Eric Crays, Andrea Staten, EJ Vanzandt, Cam Kimbrough, Jeffery Evans, Kody Harrell, Bill Gibbs, Greg Ayers, Tracy Hullette, Duwayne Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Mark Muleman Massey, Eric Deaton, Kenny Brown, Sharde Thomas & The Rising Stars Fife & Drums, Pork Chop Willie, Kent Burnside Band and RL BOYCE!
FREE! FOOD! BYOB! COOLERS! FREE!
SPONSORED by the fine folks at FANCY! and GO APE! RECORDS
Like to get involved? Sponsorship, advertising, and benefactor opportunities available.
Come on thru… We want 2C YOUR FACE in tha place May 11-13, 2018 at The Hut in Holly Springs, MS
In it’s second year the Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival is three days of unfiltered Cotton-Patch Soul Blues hosted by Junior’s youngest son, Robert Kimbrough Sr. The festival is dedicated to the preservation, education and celebration of the music and life of North Mississippi Cotton-Patch Soul Blues legend David “Junior” Kimbrough.
Join us ALL NIGHT LONG for a photo and sculpture exhibit by Bill Steber
Friday May 11, 2018 4-6pm Leontyne Price Library Gallery on the Campus of Rust College FREE
followed by FRIDAY NIGHT OPEN FLOOR JAM, Archival Film Screening
Join Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection on the floor for a live electric Cotton-Patch Blues open jam. Robert GONE LITE IT UP. HELP HIM TURN IT OUT.
Also screening unavailable 1990 Live performance footage and interview with Junior Kimbrough at the Chewalla Rib Shack (60 mins). With Little Joe Ayers on bass and Calvin Jackson on drums. Film by Jas Obrecht, recently unearthed amateur video of Junior, Joe, and JuJu at Johnny Smith’s Horse Show, May 1989 near Chulahoma, Ms. (Thanks JAMA!). $10.00 The Hut 475 West Valley Ave. Holly Springs
Saturday MAY 12, 2018 10 AM – 4 PM Cotton-Patch Blues Guitar, Bass, Drum and Harmonica and Work Shop
9:00 – Join Little Joe at the StarLite Gas station for the best breakfast in Holly Springs before heading over to The Hut.
7:00 -9:30 A true country breakfast will be available at the HUT. Robert’s older sister Stephenie will prepare a breakfast. Robert’s favorite meal of the day.
Classes begin at 10 am
Junior’s sons Robert, David and Kinney will be available for guitar, bass and drum instruction all day. Little Joe Ayers will also be available for Cotton-Patch Blues guitar lessons. David Hayden of Dallas Texas on harp will offer his knowledge on harmonica. Students will be encouraged to show-off “their” style, while the Blues Legends shares their secrets. Learn Cotton-Patch Blues from the Originals.
Saturday 10 AM- 4 PM
Our partner Mt. Zion Memorial Fund offers another headstone guided tour Mt. Zion Memorial Fund Headstone Blues Tour of the North MS Hills
This tour will visit the forlorn and rural graves of hill country blues artists such as R.L. Burnside, Johnny Woods, Ranie Burnette, Wilbert Lee Reliford, Sid Hemphill, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Lucius Smith, Fred McDowell, Joe Callicott, and the long mysterious final resting place of Eli Green.
Later Saturday night back at The Hut, the students will be invited on to jam with the same Blues Legends. The night will run in the traditional juke joint style of switching off with plenty of guest musicians. Fish sandwiches, burgers and cold beer will be available. The club is open to all, and locals are welcome! This type of unfiltered, smoking-hot Blues is simply what the Kimbroughs are famous for. $150.00 Limited to 25 students $10.00 General Public for the Night Time Jam
Sunday morning MAY 13, 2018 10 AM
Junior Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Guided Memorial Tour
9: – Meet up with Little Joe at the StarLite Gas station for the best breakfast in Holly Springs before a
ride around town with Little Joe. On Sunday morning to all the local spots that pertain to Junior’s life in the Holy Springs area. The tour includes the home he shared with his sons, where Junior hosted countless house parties, Junior’s clubs, Blues Markers, Marshall Scruggs and Junior’s grave. Joe and will be on hand to tell stories, answer questions, and pose for photos. $25.00 limited 25 people
We’ve added a car show this year!
The Car Show is $10 to enter.
Wax up those hot wheels. Arrive at 2 pm . Find Robert to enter.
Look for his Green Machine (w/ gold fleck)1972 Galaxie 500 in the parking field. Parade starts at 3 pm.
RECREATION OF SUNDAY NIGHT AT JUNIOR’S 4PM
Join Robert Kimbrough Sr., and his brothers David and Kinney, plus Original Soul Blues Boy Mr. Joe Ayers for a late afternoon Mississippi family picnic. Celebrating the music of Junior Kimbrough artists to appear Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection, The Kimbrough Brothers, RL Boyce, Little Joe Ayers, Cam Kimbrough, Eric Deaton, Daniel Russell, Malcolm Lightnin’, Sean Apple, Lucious Spiller, Carlos Eliott, Mark Mule Man, Memphis Gold, Jesse Cotton Stone, Pork Chop Willie, David Hayden, Janky, and #1 Juke Joint Dancer Sherena Boyce.
$25.00 at door CASH ONLY Advance tickets ONLINE ONLY $20 Day of $75 per carload CASH ONLY (Up to six adults in one car) Children under 12 free Coolers allowed No glass Son and Friends of Junior Kimbrough VIP PACKAGES, SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, VENDOR spaces
Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival is in partnership with Holly Springs Community Development Corporation.
Leontyne Price Library Archive, Memphis Blues Society, Mt. Zion Memorial Gravestone Fund
with generous support from Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, FANCY! and The Son and Friends of Junior Kimbrough
w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection
Local Bluesman Robert Kimbrough Sr. will open up The Hut in Holly Springs for a night of live blues music featuring the ladies.
Robert and the BluesConnection will host a traditional juke joint style night much like Robert’s father. Local legend and Holly Springs resident Cotton-Patch Blues musician Junior Kimbrough who performed in and operated juke joints in the area for decades. Local ladies slated to perform are #1 Juke joint dancer Sherena Boyce daughter of Como musician RL Boyce, from Jackson Ms. Iretta Sanders, and loved local DJ from The Change Lady Jammer. The floor is open to others to join the jam. Also screening rare and unreleased live performance footage of Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys filmed at the Chewalla Rib Shack and an interview with Junior, plus footage from this past May 2017 Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival.
$10 at the door, Ladies two for one.
Sherena Boyce asks the lucky crowd on that rainy night in New Orleans. It was Mardi Gras, but Como, MS Blues legend RL Boyce was in the Circle Bar and with the support of Paul Artigues and Todd Mathews, on loan from the Thunder Band, he settled in and grooved an incredible set of down-home, hypnotic hill country blues. This is unfiltered RL BOYCE at his very best. No guest stars. No hot leads. No slide guitar. ALL BOOGIE.
RL Boyce’s music is rooted in long-standing traditions of the deep south and family history. Otha Turner is RL’s aunt’s cousin. RL first saw Otha play at a family picnic when he was twelve years old. In awe of the respect that Otha commanded with his fife and drum band, RL decided then and there that is what he wanted to be. That guy. And at the age of fourteen, he joined the popular fife and drum outfits of the North Delta area of Mississippi.
RL played drums with Otha Turner for thirty years. But he also played drums and recorded with Napoleon Strickland, another popular regional drum and fife line-up, plus the SHE-WOLF herself, Jessie Mae Hemphill. After meeting about 1980 through Otha, RL and Jessie Mae forged a deep and lasting friendship which inspired RL to pick up the guitar and delevoped his own distinct guitar sound. RL’s style is rooted in country blues. He combines the traditional guitar picking and tuning similar to hometown legends Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside to create a simple, trance-inducing song. Peculiar in phrasing, RL’s style shines on this recording. He effortlessly leads the band from one classic RL tune to the next with his sparse, soothing sound mesmerizing listeners.
RL’s playing is minimal, meandering, spontaneous and loose but bound to a precise repetitive, entrancing rhythm. His unmistakable style is easily recognizable. Along with the influences mentioned above, the classic country blues guitar styles of John Lee Hooker & Lightnin’ Hopkins can be gleaned but accentuated with haunting, high pitched vocals reminiscent of Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt.
RL first recorded with Otha and Napoleon in 1974 and continued recording throughout the 80’s and 90’s. In the mid-80’s he recorded with Jessie Mae on David Evans’ stellar Memphis label High Water Records. RL Boyce’s excellent debut release on Sutro Park, 2013, is now followed by RL’s first live recording release. Joined by his eldest daughter, Sherena on Tamborine, she helps juke up the joint. You can take the man out of Mississippi – but you can’t take the Mississippi out of the man.
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We return to the FANCY! scene at The Hut in Holly Springs Mississippi May 12-14, 2017 for the Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival hosted by Robert Kimbrough Sr. Joined by Little Joe Ayers and a star-studded-line-up of local legends, life long friends and family members. We are proud sponsors of this action packed Cotton-Patch throw down dedicated to the music of local musician North Hill Mississippi Blues legend David Junior Kimbrough.
Junior Kimbrough’s infectious music is synonymous with the back woods of Holly Springs in the hills of Mississippi where Junior shared his life with his family. Many of whom still live in the area today and celebrate Junior’s life with the love of his music and cherished memories of his infamous club. Junior’s three sons David, Kinney and Robert continue in their fathers path as brilliant musicians themselves. Deceptively skilled each one is an off-the-chain player. The weekend will provide an imitate environment to experience the blues the way the Kimbroughs do, as a family to ENJOY YOURSELF.
LET the corn whiskey flow. ROBERT GONE IT LITE IT UP!
Join us for the Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival May 12-14, 2017 at The Hut in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Holly Springs is 40 miles South of Memphis in the beautifully haunting hills of Mississippi.
A place where the people are passionate about their town, history, music and residents.
Hold Up! Robert Kimbrough Sr. got somethin to SAY!
Robert Kimbrough Sr. got the lowdown on the throwdown
“ See, I have a different type of music from other peoples. They playing the other kind of blues, and I’m playing cotton-patch blues…. Ain’t nobody now can play the blues that I play.“ Junior Kimbrough
Photo by David Katzenstein, 1988 Junior’s house Holly Springs Mississippi
Friday May 12th
Scheduled events kick off Friday night May 12th, an opening reception for the exhibit The Life and Legacy of Junior Kimbrough at Rust College in the gallery space located in Leontyne Price Library. The exhibition will feature photos by Bill Steber, Yancey Allison, Adam Smith, David Stevens and David Katzenstein whose 1988 photos of Junior’s house party were recently featured in Oxford American. Also photos by famed folklorist Cheryl Thurber.
Unearthed live performance footage of Junior and Soul Blues Boys from The Northeast Mississippi Blues and Gospel Folk Festival at Rust College. Obscure live performance and interview film footage from rock writer Jas Obrecht collection.
Notes from Jas about the footage “Junior Kimbrough playing in his juke joint outside of Holly Springs, Mississippi, 1990-09-23 (1:02) This broadcast-quality film contains outstanding footage of Kimbrough playing in his rural juke joint with a bassist and drummer. It was shot early in the afternoon, with very few people in the juke. After his performance, Junior consented to doing an interview on film. Jas Obrecht is the primary behind-the-camera interviewer; Peter Lee, a South African who at the time was Editor of Living Blues magazine, joins in the conversation. This part of the film served as the Q/A section of the article “Junior Kimbrough: Mississippi Juke Joint Blues,”Guitar Player, Aug. ’95.”
Plus amateur photos, video, candid snap shots, newspaper clippings, magazines, personal items, and collected stories.
Many items were generously loaned from the University of Memphis Music Library, University of Mississippi Blues Archive, UNC Southern Folklife Collection at Chapel Hill, Tulane University Special Collections, and Rust College Archive.
The exhibit will run until May 31st. 4pm-6pm
Followed by an Open Floor Jam at The HUT. Show up. Plug in. Turn up.
Robert gone to LITE IT UP. Food available. 7 pm $10.00
Saturday May 13th
An all day guitar workshop with Robert Kimbrough Sr., David Kimbrough Jr., Kinney Kimbrough, Garry Burnside, Eric Deaton, and Joe Ayers.
Learn the Cotton-Patch guitar style from the masters themselves. Spend the day with the your heroes and learn from the pros. All of the musician learned and played with Junior. The guitar workshop provides a chance to learn and play along side master bluesmen. Robert and the crew will sit you down and teach the fundamentals of playing the blues and demonstrate their styles in an up-close and personal environment. This is an incredible opportunity to sit and observe and learn from true artists on their own turf.
The Kimbroughs, Burnsides, Eric Deaton, and Joe Ayers share an infectious enthusiasm when discussing Junior’s life and music. Generous with their knowledge on the subject of Cotton-Patch Blues Mississippi’s musician deceptively masterful skill effortlessly executed inspires. Keepers and teachers of Cotton-Patch Blues an historic American tradition that flourishes in the North Hills of Mississippi today.
They will answer questions, provide instruction and have you jamming with them before the day is done. Join Robert and the band on stage later that evening at The Hut. Beginners and seasoned ax-slingers welcome. Bring your guitar, a desire to learn and your appetite. Food will be available!
Breakfast service begins 7:30 am 10 am- 4pm
(Limited to 20 people, 14 spots available) $150.00
Followed by a Saturday Night Jam. A “Real” Juke Joint Night. Nothing FANCY! but the Blues. Cheap beer, great burgers, plus LIVE hot blues. Jam along, all night long with local artists and Cotton-Patch Blues Country legends. 7 pm $10.00
Sunday May 14th
Sunday morning meet up at The Hut for a hearty country breakfast with Robert and Joe before embarking on a guided historic tour around Holly Springs. Visit sights significant to Junior’s life: Junior’s home he shared with his sons, Marshall Scrubbs Club, Sammy’s Rib Joint, Junior’s club Chulahoma location, Hyw 4 East home, Hyw 311 House Party location, Junior’s grave and The Blues Marker dedicated to Junior in the Square. 11am
Reserved limited seating available for $25.00
Photo by Bill Steber 1994, Junior’s Place, Chulahoma, Mississippi
Late Sunday afternoon return to The Hut for the recreation of Sunday Night at Junior’s with an ALL STAR LINE UP many who played with Junior. Presented in the true JUKE JOINT tradition of guesting, and switching off. The night will feature The Kimbrough Brothers. Robert Kimbrough Sr., BluesConnection will be the house band for the evening. Confirmed artists to appear are The Kimbrough Brothers, Robert Kimbrough Sr., BluesConnection, The David Kimbrough Band, Little Joe Ayers, RL Boyce, Garry Burnside, Cedric Burnside Project, Kent Burnside, Eric Deaton, Dale Beavers, Leo Bud Welch, Cam Kimbrough, Joyce SheWolfe Jones, KM Williams, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and His Thunder Band, Carlos Elliott, Daniel Russell, Robert Eskew, Pork Chop Willie, Janky
Outdoor stage. Food and beverages available.
AT DOOR CASH ONLY $25
Camping, and RVs welcome
Coolers $10 (NO GLASS containers)
Vendors space available. $100 For details contact Robert at email@example.com
No commercial photography permitted without permission
The Hut is located @ 475 West Valley Ave, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
West Valley in Holly Springs, off of NW Boundary St.
Package DEALS!!!!!! V.I.P. COTTON-PATCH FESTIVAL PASS: $175.00 (limited)
Includes all day guitar workshop, play alongside the Blues masters Saturday night at The Hut, guided blues tour, and entrance to Sunday Night at Junior’s.
SUPER SPECIAL: $50
Entrance to The Hut Saturday and Sunday, and reserve seat for guided tour.
ADVANCED TICKET: $20
Buy your ticket online early for Sunday Night at The Hut for the recreation of Junior’s. ONLINE TICKET AVAILABLE HERE Advanced tickets also available in Holy Springs at:
Mr. Chic’s Barbershop 673 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Christine’s Fashions & Music 239 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Holly Springs Multi Purpose Building 235 N Memphis St.
Mrs. Annie’s Restaurant 500 South Craft Street
Kimbrough Brothers Live at The Hut, June 2016
Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Blues Festival was made possible by a handful of SUPER FANCY! FOLKS