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
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