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3rd Annual RL BOYCE PICNIC AND BLUES CELEBRATION Labor Day Weekend 2019

RL BOYCE, Aint The Man ALRIGHT!

Como Bluesman RL Boyce was first recorded in 1970. In Como played drums on his 15th birthday accompanied his Uncle, Othar Turner’s Fife and Drum band. In 2019 RL invites all to celebrate his 64th birthday. In Como at a traditional Mississippi Family Picnic.
SHOW OUT at the 3rd Annual RL BOYCE PICNIC and Blues Celebration
Labor Day Weekend
Sat. AUG. 31 & Sun. Sept. 1, 2019
COMO, MISSISSIPPI

#1 Juke Joint Dancer Ms. Sherena Boyce, RL’s daughter has put together a star studded Hill Country Blues line up to shake ‘em on down.

IT’S GONE TO BE A DYNAMITE NITE.
YOU DONT DARE MISS THIS ONE.

OPENING RECEPTION
SAT. AUG. 31, 2019
RL BOYCE, Ain’t the man, ALRIGHT!
Photos and Films 1998- 2018, by Yancey Allison

Como Public
104 MAIN STREET, COMO, MS.
5-8PM
Exhibit continues until Sept. 30, 2019
Library Hours

Photos and Films by Yancey Allison
Yancey Allison a Como photographer first met and photographed 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.

SAT. AUG 31, 2019
AIN’T THE MAN ALRIGHT JAM
RL Boyce Live Jam with Friends
more of Yancey’s photos on display
9PM-12 midnight
Como Catfish Bar & Grill
204 Main Street, COMO MS 38619
$10 Donation

SUN. SEPT. 1, 2019
COMMENCEMENT 3:00pm
BOYCE FAMILY AND FRIENDS FIFE AND DRUM BAND ROLLS
BOYCE Family and Friends Fife and Drum Band MARCH from the Dunlap St. entrance inside Como Park to West Street entrance.
March with us.

COMO Community PARK 3:15pm-11:45pm
West Street, (Behind Windy City Grill) Como, Ms.
RL BOYCE birthday lineup BLASTS OFF!
Live music begins at 3:15 pm with Kent Burnside, Lil’ Joe Ayers, Andrea Staten, Jeffery Evans, Garry Burnside 78Band, Beverly Davis, Steve Tony, Kody Harrell, Australia Neal, Greg & Show Time, Dom Turner, Tracy Hullette, Eric Deaton Trio, Kenny Kimbrough, Boyce Family & Friends Fife & Drums, C-Mal- June2May Band, K.C. Conner, Pork Chop Willie, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee and his Thunder Band PLUS RL BOYCE!
FREE! BYOB! COOLERS! FREE!

SPONSORED by
Great South Bay Music Group Inc.
FANCY!
GO APE! RECORDS
PINs Downhome Blues

Like to get involved?
Sponsorship, advertising, and benefactor opportunities available.
FOOD TRUCKS
Vendor space
Reasonable rates, limited spots
Volunteers wanted
Need more info. Contact https://rlboycepicnic.com/

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3rd Annual Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival

Hosted by Robert Kimbrough Sr.

MAY 17-19, 2019

HOLY SPRINGS, MS

Visit KimbroughFEST


🧡 FRI. 5/17
Kick OFF!
Opening reception
The Women Who Captured Junior Kimbrough photos by Yancey Allison and Lauri Lawson
Leontyne Price Library Gallery
4-6PM
🧡FRI. 5/17
Open Floor Jam w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection
The Hut
7PM
$10


🧡SAT. 5/18
Country Breakfast w/ Robert K. Sr.
The HUT
7-10AM
$5
Cotton Patch Soul Blues Workshop
w/ Robert Sr., David Jr., and Kent Kimbrough, Lil’ Joe Ayers, and Duwayne Burnside ( limited to 25 )
The HUT
10AM-4PM
$150
$75 Kids under 16

Soul Food Cooking w/ Necy
Noon-2PM
Includes Lunch
The HUT
$20

Juke Joint Dance Lessons w/ Ms. Sherena Boyce
The HUT
1PM-3PM
$10

Jam with the Legends
Join the Originals on the floor in the juke plus special guests Memphis Gold, Jesse Cotton Stone, Lightnin’ Malcolm, One Hand Dan, Cameron Kimbrough, Janky and the Juke Joint Boys.
7PM
$10

🧡 SUN 5/19
Country Breakfast w/ Robert K. Sr.
9-11AM
$5

Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Guided Memorial Tour w/ Lil’ Joe Ayers
11AM-1PM
$25

Sunday Night at Junior’s
w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection, The Kimbrough Brothers, RL Boyce, Duwanye Burnside, Garry Burnside Band, Eric Deaton, Mark Mule Man Massey, Lucious Spiller, and Porkchop Willie
Plus #1 Juke Joint Dancer Ms. Sherena Boyce
2PM
$25
At DOOR CASH ONLY

🧡🧡Advanced tickets DEALS🧡🧡
Kimbrough Cotton Patch VIP – $175
SuperBad SuperSaver – $65
Price is Right -$40
Sunday at Juniors -$20

Photo By Yancey Allison all rights reserved

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Cotton Patch Soul Blues on the MOVE

Meet Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection in tha city, NEW YORK CITY!
Robert Kimbrough Sr. the youngest son of North Mississippi Blues Legend Junior Kimbrough brings their style of Blues to the big city NEW YORK CITY! Spring 2019

Catch a ride on the Cotton Patch Soul Blues train with the hypnotic sweet soulful sounds of Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection. Original music created by a LEGEND. Mississippi grown, blues is in his blood.

Come on thru, Robert wants 2CYOFACE INTHA PLACE

Thurs. 3/28 Jalopy Theater, BKLYN, NY
8PM $15

https://jalopytheatre.org/

Fri. 3/29 Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ
w/ StringBean & The Boardwalk Social Club
9PM No Cover

Sat. 3/30 Hank’s Saloon, BKLYN, NY
w/ Apache Brown Band, Harlem Slim, and MONDOFANCY! video
8PM Adv.$10 Door $13
https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1819086-robert-kimbrough-sr-brooklyn/

Sun. 3/31 NUBLU, NYC, NY
Fear & Loathing on Ave. C. w/ DJ Miguel Ortiz
9PM $10

http://nublu.net/

Mon. 4/1 Three Card Monty w/ Joe Belock
WFMU 89.9
Jeresy City, NJ
Noon to 3 PM

Thurs. 4/4 Terra Blues, NYC, NY
10 PM 3 sets
$20
Reservations http://www.terrablues.com/about/reservations.html

 

 

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JUNIOR KIMBROUGH UNSEEN

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.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Qkp-7rhzA&w=560&h=315]

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

 

 

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Mississippi Women In Blues

MISSISSIPPI WOMEN IN BLUES
Gallery space in the Leontyne Price Library at Rust College
Feb. 1st – Feb. 28, 2018
opening reception Thursday Feb.1, 2018 5 pm-7 pm
150 Rust Avenue Holly Springs, Ms 38635
Open to the public
In celebration of Black History month FANCY! and The Son and Friends of Junior Kimbrough along with Leontyne Price Library at Rust College present
Mississippi Women in Blues an exhibit focusing on the presence of Afro-American women in the Mississippi Blues world.
A presentation of photographs, films and archival material shines a light on these mysterious creatures. Many were popular artists in their day but have fallen into obscurity, and off the radar.
Afro -American Women are ubiquitous figures within the Mississippi Blues community. Black females appear as muse, singer, musician, audience member, dancer, manger, and club worker, but who remain largely uncredited and invisible.
Default players never raising to the ranks as band member. Only seen as willing and capable players, not Blues musicians.
The exhibition focuses on Holly Springs residents musicians Ellen Jefferies and Mary Coleman. Also Como area ladies Jessie Mae Hemphill and Sharde Thomas who have gained international recognition for the their music.
Photos, films, and other archival material on view was provided by private collections, and learning institutions. All funding for the exhibition was granted through private donation, or in kind funds, and with the generous support from
Rust College Leontyne Price Library, UNC Wilson Library Folklife Collection.
Articles on view provided by
Rust College, Leontyne Price Library
Special Collection Dr. William A. Mc Millan
University of Memphis
McWherter Library
Special Collections, Memphis Musical Heritage
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Memphis, Tenn.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC
University Of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Wilson Library, Special Collections, Southern Folklife Collection
Center For Southern Folklore, Memphis, Tenn.
University of Mississippi, Blues Archive, Oxford, Ms
Private collections of Carla Robinson, Mrs. Judy Jacoby, John Shaw and Adam Lore
Photographs by folklorist Cheryl Thurber, William Ferris
Master photographers Bill Steber, Yancey Allison
Films by William Ferris, Judy Peiser, David Evans
Research by Wanda Pegues
Curated by Amy Verdon and Daniel Wood
Sponsored by FANCY! and The Son and Friends of Junior Kimbrough

 

 

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Rent Party LADIES NIGHT at The Hut

LADIES NIGHT AT THE HUT
FRIDAY FEB. 2, 2018
8 PM

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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.

The Hut
475 West Valley Ave.
Holly Springs, Ms.




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RL BOYCE LIVE in NYC

Como, Mississippi Blues Legend and GO APE! Recording artist RL BOYCE hits NYC for two FREE shows!

Don’t miss RL along with Holly Spring’s Soul Blues Boy, Mr. Joe Ayers for two nights of Mississippi Blues at JOHN BROWN’S SMOKEHOUSE in LIC, Queens.

Shows are FREE. Family fun. Friday and Saturday Night  7pm

Live in Queens, NY! TWO NIGHTS, TWO NORTH MISSISSIPPI BLUES LEGENDS
One Stage!
FREE!

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Live From The Circle Bar RL Boyce & The Thunder Band

“Are you ready to Boogie?”

 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.
CD format $10.00 US plus shipping

RL Boyce at 2015 Hill Country Picnic. Tinype photo © Bill Steber All rights reserved