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3rd Annual Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival

Hosted by Robert Kimbrough Sr.

MAY 17-19, 2019


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
🧡FRI. 5/17
Open Floor Jam w/ Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection
The Hut

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

Soul Food Cooking w/ Necy
Includes Lunch

Juke Joint Dance Lessons w/ Ms. Sherena Boyce

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.

🧡 SUN 5/19
Country Breakfast w/ Robert K. Sr.

Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Guided Memorial Tour w/ Lil’ Joe Ayers

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

🧡🧡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

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

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

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



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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



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RL Boyce Picnic & Blues Celebration

Don’t Put out the man’s FIRE!
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.

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


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.

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!

SPONSORED by the fine folks at FANCY! and GO APE! RECORDS
Like to get involved? Sponsorship, advertising, and benefactor opportunities available.

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Kimbrough Cotton-Patch Soul Blues Festival


Get tickets here!

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
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!).
The Hut
475 West Valley Ave.
Holly Springs

All Events


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.

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

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


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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

FRIDAY FEB. 2, 2018
8 PM


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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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

One Stage!

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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