Watch: Buddy Guy Shares Trailer for Upcoming Documentary, ‘The Torch’

Watch: Buddy Guy Shares Trailer for Upcoming Documentary, ‘The Torch’

Lauren Leadingham

“He’s the one who created a certain frequency, a certain vocabulary.” – Carlos Santana on Buddy Guy

An upcoming documentary about blues phenom Buddy Guy, The Torch, will highlight his remarkable career and his role as mentor to younger generations of musicians. The film will open in select theaters on March 18th. Director Jim Farrell told Rolling Stone that The Torch was inspired by a pact Guy made with one of his own mentors, Muddy Waters: “Last man standing, don’t let the blues die.”

The Torch indeed delves into his biography and his fruitful mentoring relationships with Quinn Sullivan and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, as Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf had with him. “Our aim in The Torch was to showcase Buddy’s brilliance and collaborative generosity onstage, while also achieving a fly on the wall intimacy for those backstage moments where he shares his vast life experiences,” Farrell continued. 

Quinn Sullivan first played guitar on stage with Buddy at age seven. “He never told Quinn what to play or how to play it. He simply shared his stage and audience and gave Quinn enough leash to figure it out on his own. A lot of artists promote the younger generation, and Buddy has done it with other artists, but I’d never heard of anyone doing it to this level. He brought Quinn around the world for more than 10 years and put him on some of the biggest stages, without any expectation of payback.” 

In an interview with Sullivan, he told ABS:

Buddy taught me to give 110% of everything you have on stage every night. He never said those words to me, but just playing with him for years, that just became apparent, and I’ve seen him do that every night. There were nights when he may not have been feeling well. He was tired or whatever that was, but when he hit the stage, all that goes away.

And he just turns into Buddy Guy, the showman, and the guitar player everybody loves. And yeah, that’s sort of what rubbed off on me, and every time I go on stage, I think about that, you know? And it’s just something I hold close to me. So, I think you just want to give it the best you’ve got every time.

Also appearing on the The Torch is “The Long, Hard Road,” which came to be after Farrell asked producer Tom Hambridge if Buddy could create a song that “captures the spirit of their relationship” as well as the lessons he imparts. A snippet can be heard in the trailer below.

*Feature image credit: ABS’s Phil Solomonson / Philamonjaro Studio

Former ‘Lady Antebellum’ and the Real Lady A Settle Trademark Lawsuit

Former ‘Lady Antebellum’ and the Real Lady A Settle Trademark Lawsuit

Lauren Leadingham

“Black Lives, Names, Experiences, Work, Art – They All Matter.” – Anita White

Blues veteran Lady A, aka Anita White and The Real Lady A, announces that she and the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum filed joint motions to dismiss the trademark infringement litigation pending in the U.S. District Courts for Tennessee and Washington. The parties have reached a confidential, mutually agreeable solution.

The country trio shortened their name in 2020 following the protests over George Floyd’s murder, saying, “We are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down the word referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused.” 

The problem with their name change was Anita White had already been using it for a few decades. Instead of contacting her, the band filed a lawsuit against her in July 2020. In an interview with ABS that same month, The Real Lady A told us, “They are not going to use that name unless they come out and say, ‘Black lives DON’T matter.’ They do that, and they can keep the name. I’ll walk away.”

She later filed a countersuit against Lady Antebellum, claiming that since they took her name, her presence on music streaming services and social media were greatly affected. The suit argued that she experienced “lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark.” And in December 2020 she released the song “My Name Is All I Got.”

Lady A’s lawyer Brendan Hughes of the Cooley firm said, “Anita White AKA Lady A is an amazing individual and artist. Cooley appreciates how important it is for women and people of color to tell their own stories. This is Anita’s story to tell.”

Anita continues to send messages of hope with her ninth CD, Satisfyin’, scheduled for release on February 7th to coincide with Black History Month. She’s also sharing her love of music and music education through involvement with the Rhapsody Project and Northwest Blues in the Schools.

In a statement released today, she closed with “Black Lives, Names, Experiences, Work, Art – They All Matter.”


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Music Maker Foundation to Release Legendary Beverly “Guitar” Watkins Set, Premieres ‘Red Mama Blues’

Music Maker Foundation to Release Legendary Beverly “Guitar” Watkins Set, Premieres ‘Red Mama Blues’

American Blues Scene Staff

Premiering exclusively today is the slow-burning “Red Mama Blues,” named for Watkin’s guitar. ‘In Paris’ out March 18 via Music Maker Foundation!

Three years after her passing, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins’ first live album, In Paris, will be released by Music Maker Foundation on March 18. A rare touring female guitarist on the chitlin circuit – releasing her first solo album at 60 and playing Lincoln Center at 74 – Watkins played with James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. The New York Times noted that she captivated crowds by “playing her electric guitar on her back and behind her head, sliding across the stage. When she sang, it was often with a growl.”

She nicknamed her guitars Red Mama and Sugar Baby, releasing debut solo album Back In Business at the age of 60, earning a W.C. Handy Blues Award nomination, and opening a 42-date tour for Taj Mahal. Watkins plays harmonica on one track. The recording, made to a rapturous crowd in 2012, also features Albert White (Elvin Bishop, Clarence Carter, Ben E. King, Ray Charles, Joe Tex) on guitar, Eddie Tigner (leader of the Ink Spots) on organ and piano, and Lil Joe Burton (Tex, Bobby Womack, Otis Clay, B.B. King) on trombone. She pays tribute to Ray Charles here with a rendition of “What’d I Say.”

“This lady is a flat-out musician who can duke it out onstage with the best there is — man, woman, or child prodigy.” Mahal said. “I’m still feeling the effects, and have some great memories of touring the country and playing onstage with her.”

Premiering exclusively today is the slow-burning “Red Mama Blues,” named for the guitar with which Watkins dazzled the audience without fail. Of the storied singer-songwriter/guitarist, Tim Duffy of Music Maker Foundation tells ABS:

Beverly Guitar Watkins off stage appeared to be a proper church lady, but when she took the stage Beverly transformed, prowling the stage, chasing fiery blues guitar and stirring the crowd up into a frenzy.

Music Maker Foundation · 09 – RED MAMA BLUES

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From Elizabeth Cotten to Blind Willie McTell, Jolie Holland Curates Folkways People’s Picks Playlist

From Elizabeth Cotten to Blind Willie McTell, Jolie Holland Curates Folkways People’s Picks Playlist

Lauren Leadingham

“Music is our history.” – Jolie Holland

Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland, whose music runs the gamut from free-form jazz to ragtime blues, has curated Smithsonian Folkways’ final People’s Picks of the year. 

Image courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

Of her picks, Holland says:

What a joy to look through the Folkways catalogue! I picked a lot of music that’s really influenced me, music from my own regional and cultural backgrounds, and some songs from people who mentored my friends. The great Frantz Casseus was Marc Ribot’s first guitar teacher. Canray Fontenot was my friend Delilah Lee Lewis’s adopted stepfather and violin teacher.  And Michael Hurley is a dear friend of mine.

I chose this Woody Guthrie song, a painful heavyweight of a song, because it’s emblematic of how music teaches us history. Music is our history. My grandpa in East Texas used to play a song similar to this one Elizabeth Cotten plays. This Blind Willie McTell song is one of my favorites from him. So dreamy and sparse. Willie Johnson’s “God Don’t Never Change” is a powerful voice from our past. He makes reference to the last horrible respiratory pandemic, the 1918 influenza. I chose some beautiful Afro-Caribbean sacred drum music, too. It’s always so delicious to remember these transporting polyrhythms.

In 2019, ABS spoke with Holland about the release of Escondida on vinyl for the first time in honor of its 15-year anniversary, as well as its fundraising campaign.

Guy King Premieres Autobiographical Title Track, ‘Joy Is Coming’

Guy King Premieres Autobiographical Title Track, ‘Joy Is Coming’

American Blues Scene Staff

‘Joy Is Coming’ is available now! Listen to the title track!

Blues and jazz singer-guitarist Guy King is more than just his distinctive guitar techniques, which have been likened to another blues King (Albert, that is). On his new album, Joy Is Coming, King realizes an artistic breakthrough and sings soulful songs from the heart.  

Seven of the tracks were co-written with author/songwriter David Ritz, whose first song ever written was Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Joy is Coming is the product of their longtime collaborative chemistry that comes natural, as they write in the moment about real experiences and real feelings. With creative string arrangements and masterful guitar and vocals, this is an album everyone should add to their collection. Both lyrically and musically, Joy Is Coming marks a chapter of King’s autobiography. Each song expresses a deeply personal story and connection. 

Recently, King released the singles “Devil’s Toy” (featuring the great Joe Bonamassa), “Choices,” and “Sanity.”  Today, ABS is proud to present the title track from Joy Is Coming.

Of the track which King considers to be a fusion of rock, soul and R&B, he shares with ABS:

I wrote the song when my wife was pregnant with our first born daughter Rahel (she is the “Joy” I’m referring to in the song). I wrote it with legendary songwriter David Ritz, and the song also talks about the positivity and the good that is in all of us.

Joy is Coming, available on vinyl, CD, and download, was produced by Guy King and co-produced by guitar great Josh Smith. For the vinyl lovers, the vinyl is a “deluxe” edition that comes with a mp3 download card and an insert with song lyrics and poster.


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‘It’s An Often Underestimated Component Of The Arts’: Tomás Doncker On ‘World Environment Day’ Festival Ft. Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Ben Harper

‘It’s An Often Underestimated Component Of The Arts’: Tomás Doncker On ‘World Environment Day’ Festival Ft. Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Ben Harper

Lauren Leadingham

The virtual festival for restoration and recovery in honor of World Environment Day features global performances by Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Ben Harper, Dave Matthews, Tomás Doncker, and more!

On Friday, June 4, 2021 at 3pm EST, Pathway to Paris,, and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) North America Region will come together for a virtual festival to celebrate our planet in honor of World Environment Day — the United Nation’s flagship day for the environment. As we move into a new era of global recovery, this year’s central theme is the protection of our ecosystems and restoring our relationship with nature. 

“It is critical that we consider the urgent needs of our planet as we transition back into living our lives and performing concerts again after a year of global quarantining and isolation,” Jesse Paris Smith, co-founder of Pathway to Paris, said in a statement. “We simply cannot go back to the way things were before. So much has been lost due to Covid, an immeasurable amount, and all the while, the climate crisis did not go away; it has always been there underneath the surface, existing every day amongst all of the other destruction and suffering. As we rebuild our world, we must make changes greater than ever before, and transition into a new era which favors our natural and wild places, and focuses deeply on protection and preservation. Global collaborations like this event provide healing and communication during such a challenging time, and these new connections must continue and lead to great change, new ideas, ambitious action, and true global renewal.” 

Patti Smith adding,“It’s important for us to work together to continuously draw attention to the needs of our suffering planet.” 

World Environment Day will include presentations from environmentalists such as founder Bill McKibben, Pennie Opal Plant, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The concert will feature international performances from Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Michael Stipe, Dave Matthews, Rocky Dawuni, Jack Johnson, Yury Revich, Priya Darshini, Jordan Sanchez, Rima Fujita, Tenzin Choegyal, Patrick Watson, Jackson Smith, and words and music from Pathway to Paris founders Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon. 

Last but certainly not least, singer-songwriter/guitarist and pioneer of the Global Soul movement Tomás Doncker will be performing his rendering of the iconic Patti-penned tune “People Have The Power” — premiered on ABS. Recorded and filmed at Electric Lady Studios, Doncker will be joined by Jesse and Jackson Smith on the song and introduced by Patti herself.

“I was invited by Pathway to Paris co-founder Jesse Smith,” Doncker tells me. “As things unfolded, I was told that I was to perform a stripped down acoustic version of my arrangement of ‘People Have The Power’ with her and her brother (killer guitarist Jackson Smith), live at Electric Lady Studios. Without question one of the greatest experiences (musically, or otherwise), in my life. I am honored, humbled, and eternally grateful to be in service of our Mother Earth with these beautiful people.”

L to R: Jackson Smith, Tomás Doncker, Jesse Smith, Patti Smith

As a lifelong fan of Patti’s work, Doncker recalls catching her at CBGB way back when. But he never thought to do an arrangement of any of her songs until last year, in light of certain events. He heard “People Have The Power” in more of a soulful context, so while he was trying to work out his own version he got stuck by the second verse. He set it aside, until mid-November when he was introduced to Patti’s daughter, Jesse, who he shared his story with. Before he knew it, he was on FaceTime with Patti, who told him to write his own words so that he could sing it in his own voice.


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The song’s meaning broadens and intensifies throughout every season of life, serving as what Doncker also considers a rallying cry to all of us to step up in support of this planet we call home. “I mean it’s one of the ‘All-Time Great Tunes,’ isn’t it? To me it’s the perfect all-purpose anthem for our times, a reminder that the core commonality we share beyond socio-political barriers is this planet. As James Brown once said: ‘Get up, get into it, get involved.’ 

“If we all were just a little bit more considerate, and respectful of the environment (and each other), just think of how much better our collective existence could be. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a huge honor and privilege to be of service in raising awareness. I feel it’s an often underestimated component of the arts in general to shake folks up, to motivate them towards positive change.”

Doncker’s mind was both influenced and expanded early on by the crew of brilliant artists and writer with whom Patti associated: William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Shepard. “The real New York culture gang. In fact, my partner at True Groove Records Marla Mase’s ‘Go to monologue’ for her acting auditions was a monologue from Cowboy Mouth, which Patti co-wrote with Sam Shepard. I can remember a summer job I had selling t-shirts at the Dr. Pepper Music Festival (held in Central Park), during my senior year of high school. I made sure to bring a red rose to try and give her in-between songs. Needless to say I wasn’t the only person who thought to bring a rose for Patti. I could go on, but in short, she is made of Love, Light, and Positive Power. All of our lives are better because of her presence.

“It is said that you can really see who a person is through their children. That’s absolutely true in this case. Both of Patti’s children — her brilliant and beautiful daughter Jesse (who of course is spearheading this event) and her badass guitar-slinging son Jackson — are two of the finest, most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with, and become friends with. It was like we had been on the road playing together for years, AND at Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, no less!”

American Blues Scene has come on board as a streaming partner for this important event. Please join us live on June 4th at 3pm EST as we collaborate together to build a better world. You can stream via ABS’s Facebook, Pathway to Paris,, or UNEP


Bluesman Brant Buckley Announces Album, Shares Title Track for Video ‘Times Strange’

Bluesman Brant Buckley Announces Album, Shares Title Track for Video ‘Times Strange’

American Blues Scene Staff

“The ‘Times Strange’ song is an ode to the Delta Blues Masters — in particular, Skip James.”

Brant Buckley, a contributing author at American Blues Scene, is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a Bachelors of Music in songwriting. Born outside of Chicago (Hinsdale), he lived in Costa Rica and spent most of his life in Philadelphia. East coast folk music and the coffeehouse scene inspired his early sound: James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Kenn Kweder, and Nick Drake. In 2012, Buckley independently released his first album, My Life, which was featured in The Times of India (India’s CNN).

In 2013, Brant met Bluesman Jesse Graves. Graves was Philadelphia’s premier bluesman during the 1970s and played with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Hound Dog Taylor, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, and Tom Waits. Jesse learned from Reverend Gary Davis and passed on the Blues and Native American Spirituality to Brant. In 2014, inspired by Jesse, Brant moved to Chicago to learn more about the Blues. Working as a tennis pro, Brant experienced the Blues for himself after having a career ending tennis injury. The pain taught him what Blues are all about.

Buckley’s Chicago Blues sound is melodic, rhythmic, and haunting. He pulls heavily from his folk and spiritual background and there are hints of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Son House. He is all about the power of song. In addition, Brant is a certified USPTA tennis professional and has been practicing meditation (Kriya Yoga) and energetic healing for over 10 years.

Buckley has announced that his latest album, Times Strange, will be released Tuesday, May 11.

Album cover courtesy of BB

Of the new album, he tells ABS:

The ‘Times Strange’ album revolves around my song “Nerve Damage Blues,” a tennis song. Tennis has always been a huge part of my life and I began playing at the age of six in Costa Rica. Upon coming back to the states, I started taking lessons and playing tournaments. High-school tennis was amazing and I always did very well. I gave up a division one tennis playing career to go to The Berklee College of Music in Boston to study Songwriting. After graduating, I spent a few years in Philly playing music out nightly and teaching music and tennis. I realized I was going nowhere fast and needed something full-time so I decided to get USPTA certified in Long Island, N.Y. at The Port Washington Academy which was the tennis club John McEnroe used to play at.

I found work at a prestigious club in Chicago and I made the move. I figured it would be great to teach tennis, really dive deep into the Blues, and be in a new city. After a year of teaching, my right foot gave way and snapped during an on court hitting lesson. I then went through 8-10 doctors who couldn’t diagnose me. The last doctor I saw on workers compensation was a hired gun and said I was lying in his final report and said I was ready to go back to work. I even brought my parents in his examination room, because I knew something was off. After this, I found a great foot/pain doctor who finally gave me a diagnosis, Neurapraxia of the calcaneus foot branch. Also, there were some other nerves injured. He said from the year of teaching it was like a hammer had repetitively hit the nerves and then the injury happened. He was the first doctor who really knew and explained the seven main nerves going through the foot and what was going on. He said it was a three year fix. It took me about four years to heal correctly. A lawsuit later, I wrote Nerve Damage Blues about the whole experience. During the process: I lost my job, money, and sold my car. It gave me some real bad deep blues. I can relate in a small way (but not fully) as to why a lot of the old Blues originators had tears in their eyes and would wear sunglasses. In hindsight, the injury had to happen to really learn the Blues. I came to Chicago to learn the Blues, and that’s exactly what I got. 

The “Times Strange” song is an ode to the Delta Blues Masters — in particular Skip James. I have gone to all of the old Blues Graves in the Chicago area: Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon. Their ghosts and shadows are my teachers. I wanted to create something very haunting and ghostly in a Bluesy kind of way. The only two Blues guys that I am aware of who have done this are Skip James and Robert Johnson; there is another non human entity on their Blues recordings. If you really are aware and open you can hear it. There is such an eerie beyond spooky haunting sound that takes part with the recording. That is the ghostly energy I tried channeling and had to really put myself into a very deep trance state to get there. I am not sure if Skip James or Robert Johnson consciously did this when recording. It is up to the listener to hear if I achieved what I was going after. I tried my best. 


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*All images courtesy of Brant Buckley

The 35th Annual King Biscuit Invites You to Come on Home

The 35th Annual King Biscuit Invites You to Come on Home

Don Wilcock

The King Biscuit Festival has built legacies before your eyes year after year with favorites you’ve come to love! Time to snatch back the soundtrack of our lives (October 6-9)!


“I know a place… Ain’t nobody cryin’… Ain’t nobody worried… I’ll take you there!” The Staples Singers went to number one in ’71 with “I’ll Take You There.” Come home to the 35th King Biscuit Blues Festival Wednesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 9th where it has never been more important for the number one blues festival in the south to “take us there.”

Mavis Staples promises to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her family’s hit as Friday headliner at this year’s King Biscuit Blues Festival, just one of more than 100 storied acts performing during four days of multi-stage continuous music.  

Joining in this year’s triumphant return of the south’s most lauded blues festival are The Allman Betts Band and Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues with Bobby Rush. Butter the Biscuit and better the bite as we celebrate our rebirth. Come dance on the levy with the real thing. We soldiered through a year without our music but gained an appreciation for who we are. It’s  time to grab your reward. Time to express yourself. Time to snatch back the soundtrack of our lives. We’re family, and you’re a member. Slip off your shoes and splash with us on the banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of the Delta.  

Talk about taking us there! The half-century legacy of southern rock’s premiere band The Allman Brothers with their treasured classics like “Whipping Post” and “Midnight Rider” lives on in Saturday night’s headliner the Allman Betts Band, featuring Gregg Allman’s son Devon Allman and Dickey Betts’ son Duane Betts. Both artists earned their musical chops at the feet of their legendary fathers. Their Biscuit appearance comes on the heels of a 60-date world tour in 2019 and the release of their debut album, Down to the River, followed by Bless Your Heart (2020).  

Devon Allman told Forbes magazine: “On stage every night we have a certain responsibility to tip the hat to our dads. And what I think balances the legacy, but also moving forward as our own men and as our own musicians, is balancing the two. So, if we have a set that’s 17 songs, we’re going to play a couple Allman Brothers songs. We’re not going to fill our set, but we’re also not  going to turn our back on it. The balance is everything and I think that we’ve been lucky to strike that balance.” 

Bobby Rush conquered COVID-19 in 2020 and took home his second GRAMMY® in March of this year, finally being recognized for a legacy that he has shared with Biscuit audiences for decades. Hear him team up with Thursday night’s headliner Billy  Branch, another Chicago blues legacy. Branch was one of the first to develop a Blues in the School program and has made over  70 international tours. A three-time GRAMMY® nominee, he’s backed by The Sons of The Blues, a band of veterans that includes bass player Nick Charles, drummer Mose Rutues Jr., and pianist Sumito Ariyoshi, aka Ariyo. 


Known the world over as the King of the Chitlin Circuit, Bobby Rush is one of the Biscuit’s most beloved members of our extended family. He keeps re-inventing himself year in and year out. As fundamental as blues itself, he is a walking history lesson in the form.

His 2019 CD Sitting on Top of The Blues says it all, coming on the heels of his 2017 GRAMMY®-winning  Porcupine Meat as Best Traditional Blues Album. But we knew him back when, and we embrace him as the visionary he’s always been as we head into a new world order. 

Another Thursday night act, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, are best known for their 1986 hit “Tuff Enuff.” A rallying cry for nearly four  decades, the song has never meant more than it does right now. It was written by lead singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson  whose history with Biscuit goes way back to when he donated money to the Sonny Boy Blues Society to try and save Sonny Boy  Williamson’s Helena home. Wilson, who founded The T-Birds in 1976 feels the current lineup is the best yet. It features 13-year  band veteran and guitarist Johnny Moeller. “The good thing about Johnny is he’s got his own take on things,” Wilson explained.  “He really has his own style. That’s very important to me. I need people who really have their own minds. I don’t want to hear  somebody [imitating] Johnny Guitar Watson or B.B. King. I’d rather hear people do their own deal.” 

Come home to the festival that’s built legacies before your eyes year after year with favorites you’ve come to love. Thrill to Reba Russell’s “Heaven Came to Helena,” the Biscuit’s signature song. Wrap yourself around Paul Thorn’s southern homilies. Escape to Muddy Waters’ Chicago blues heyday with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and Bob Stroger. Rock out to the Kentucky Headhunters. 

Experience Arkansas’ homegrown blues masters: Lonnie Shields, The C.W. Gatlin Band, the Phillip Stackhouse Band, and  Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman. Bring Chicago blues club mojo back to the Delta with The Paul Oscher All Star  Band, Wayne Baker Brooks, Nora Jan Wallace, Maurice John Vaughn, and Fruteland Jackson. Acquaint yourself with artists who  are expanding the blues definition: Detroit blues shouter Thornetta Davis, Texas powerhouse Diaunah Greenleaf, Lucious Spiller,  Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, Gaye Adegbalola, and the Laura Morvan Band. 

Also performing are: The Sterling Billingsley Band, Blind Mississippi Morris, Rip Lee Pryor, Wampus Cats, Mike Wheeler Band, Rodney Block, Six String Andrew, Sean McDonald, D.R. Diamond & Birthright Blues Project, The Youngbloods of Hot Springs,  Andrea Staten, Charles Wilson Band, Dejeana Burks, Margie Turner, Earnestine Barze, Butch Mudbone, Austin “Walkin’” Cane,  Jessie Cotton Stone, Big T Williams, The Pope of Pimping Fillmore Slim, Andy T & Alabama Mike, Sweet Angel, The Blue Monday  Blues Band featuring King Edward, Bigg Robb, Sean Bad Apple, Lady Trucker, Garry Burnside, Jamaiah Rogers, and many more. 

Don Wilcock

On Wednesday, October 6th at the Main Stage, prior to the Michael Burks Memorial Jam, Don Wilcock will host a tribute to Kim Wilson beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Biscuit also features a Tour da Delta Bike Ride, 5K Run, Blues Symposium, Kansas-city  sanctioned BBQ & Blues on the Levee, and more. For tickets, visit King Biscuit Festival.

Editorial note: Don Wilcock, longtime contributor to ABS, will be holding his annual Call and Response Blues Symposium at the Malco Theater, Sunday, October 9th at 1:15 p.m. The Keeping the Blues Alive Award-winning writer wrote Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues, The story of blues legend Buddy Guy, his 35 years on the scene, and his influence on rock and roll.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 Sonny Boy Williamson Main Stage 


Sonny Boy Williamson Main Stage 

Fillmore Slim – 12:00pm to 12:55pm 

Tribute to Kim Wilson – 5:00pm to 6:00pm 

Michael Burks Memorial Jam – 6:00pm until 


Sonny Boy Williamson Main Stage  

SBBS IBC Bands Winner Fonky Donkey – 11:00am to 11:50am Wampus Cats – 12:00pm to 12:50pm 

Mike Wheeler Band – 1:10pm to 2:15pm 

Sterling Billingsley Band – 2:35pm to 3:40pm 

Rodney Block – 4:00pm to 5:10pm 

Kentucky Headhunters – 5:30pm to 6:40pm 

Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson – 7:00pm to 8:10pm Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with Bobby Rush – 8:30 until 

Front Porch Stage 

Front Porch Blues Jam hosted by Brotha Ric Patton – 1:00pm to 3:00pm 


Bit-O-Blues Stage 

Six String Andrew – 9:00am to 9:30pm 

Sean McDonald – 9:45am to 10:15pm 

Grace Kuch – 10:30am to 11:00am 

D.R. Diamond & Birthright Blues Project – 11:15am to 12:00pm The Youngbloods of Hot Springs – 12:15pm to 1:00pm 

Front Porch Stage 

RL Boyce – 12:00pm to 12:45pm 

Veronika Jackson – 1:00pm to 1:45pm 

Johnny B Sanders & Queen Iretta Blues – 2:00pm to 2:45pm The Blue Monday Blues Band featuring King Edward – 3:00pm to 3:45pm Bigg Robb – 4:00pm to 5:00pm 

Lockwood Stackhouse Stage 

Andrea Staten – 1:00pm to 1:45pm 

Rip Lee Pryor – 2:00pm to 2:45pm 

Gaye Adegbalola – 3:00pm to 3:45pm 

Charles Wilson Band – 4:00pm to 4:45pm 

John Watkins Band – 5:00pm to 5:45pm 

Dejeana Burks, Margie Turner, Earnestine Barze – 6:00pm to 7:00pm Maurice John Vaughn – 7:20pm to 8:30pm 

CeDell Davis Memorial Stage 

Butch Mudbone – 2:00pm to 2:45pm 

Austin “Walkin’” Cane – 3:00pm to 3:45pm 

CW Gatlin Band – 4:00pm to 4:45pm 

Jessie Cotton Stone – 5:00pm to 5:45pm 

Lucious Spiller – 6:00pm to 6:45pm 

Big T Williams – 7:00pm to 7:45pm 

Paul Oscher Allstar Band – 8:00pm to 9:00pm 

Laura Morvan Band – 1:10pm to 2:10pm 

Lonnie Shields – 2:30pm to 3:40pm 

Reba Russell Band with special guest Susan Marshall –   4:00pm to 5:10pm 

Andy T & Alabama Mike – 5:35pm to 6:45pm 

Paul Thorn Band – 7:10pm to 8:20pm 

Mavis Staples – 8:45pm 


Lockwood Stackhouse Stage 

Jayy Hopp with Guest – 1:00pm to 1:45pm 

Fruteland Jackson – 2:00pm to 2:45pm 

Mickey Rogers Band – 3:00pm to 3:45pm 

Diaunah Greenleaf – 4:00pm to 4:45pm 

Sweet Angel – 5:00pm to 5:45pm 

The Blue Monday Blues Band featuring King Edward –   6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Bigg Robb – 7:20pm to 8:30pm 

Front Porch Stage 

Sean McDonald – 12:00pm to 12:45pm 

Detroit Johnny – 1:00pm to 1:45pm 

Little Willie Farmer – 2:00pm to 2:45pm 

Dejeana Burks, Margie Turner, Earnestine Barze – 3:00pm to 3:45pm Keith Johnson & The Big Muddy Band – 4:00pm to 5:00pm Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Band – 5:00pm to 6:00pm Fillmore Slim – 6:15pm to 7:00pm 

CeDell Davis Memorial Stage 

Sean Bad Apple – 1:00pm to 1:45pm 

Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman – 2:00pm to 2:45pm Lady Trucker – 3:00pm to 3:45pm 

Garry Burnside Band – 4:00pm to 4:45pm 

Phillip Stackhouse Band – 5:00pm to 5:45pm 

Jamaiah “Blues Superman” Rogers – 6:00pm to 6:45pm Keith Johnson & The Big Muddy Band – 7:00pm to 7:45pm Blind Mississippi Morris – 8:00pm to 9:00pm 

Sonny Boy Williamson Main Stage 

Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright – 12:00pm to 12:55pm Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith & Bob Stroger – 1:10pm to 2:15pm Nora Jan Wallace – 2:35pm to 3:40pm 

Wayne Baker Brooks – 4:00pm to 5:10pm 

Anson Funderburgh – 5:30pm to 6:35pm 

Thornetta Davis – 6:55pm to 8:10pm 

Allman Betts – 8:40pm 

Puffy AmiYumi – Jet Police letras

Roketto ni wa jetto enjin
Surottoru wa fumitsuzuketa mama
Gingakei wo patororu
Mokusei no wakai porisu wa
Ojiisan no uso wo minogashite iru
Kare mo mada mada aonisai
Kono uchuu no warumono wa yurusanai ze
Taiho suru ze
Minna no heiwa mamoru tame
Inseki wo chikaku de mitara
Kaseijin ga inemuri unten
ABS ga hitsuyou da
Buttobase genba made
Motto dase daijiken da
Sanso bonbe kara ni naru made
Ao kippu to misegakete
Aka kippu wo kurawaseru
Toki ni wa miseru ai no muchi
Kono uchuu wa kyou mo heiwa
Hisabisa no kyuujitsu da
Taiyou no uragawa mi ni yukou