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Blind Willie festival set for May 12

Delbert McClinton will headline the 14th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, but he certainly won't be the only act to take the stage on May 12, according to a press release from The Activities Council of Thomson, Inc.

Other acts include:

&bul; Francine Reed - Ms. Reed makes her return to the festival. She performs all over the country today in a variety of blues and jazz settings and is also a featured vocalist with alt-country giant Lyle Lovett and his Large Band.

&bul; Rory Block - One of the country's most dynamic solo country blues players working today

&bul; John Nemeth - A young vocalist and harmonica player for the West Coast

&bul; The Wiyos - A New York City band that plays traditional string band music from the early 20th century

&bul; Breeze Kings - One of the Atlanta area's most popular combos will open the day of music.

As usual, the concert will be held at the regular festival site, on Stagecoach Road, just east of Washington Highway. The annual event pays tribute to country blues legend Blind Willie McTell, a Thomson native son, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County.

Apart from the music, there will also be plenty of vendors serving traditional Southern food and beverages. Carry in food and drink will not be allowed.

Advance tickets for the Saturday afternoon show will be $20. Tickets will go on sale in early April and will be available locally at the Depot office, as well as on-line at Children 12 and under are admitted free.



Web posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007

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