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Blind Willie Festival set for May 22

The Activities Council of Thomson, Inc., is proud to present the 11th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival on Saturday afternoon, May 22, 2004.

As usual, the afternoon of great American blues will be held at the regular festival site, on Stagecoach Road, 300 yards off Washington Highway, north of Thomson.

The event is held each year to showcase some of the best blues players in the country, as well as pay tribute to country blues legend McTell, a Thomson native son, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County.

Headlining is Alligator recording artist, Marcia Ball, from Austin, Tex. She's a 2004 three-time nominee for the W.C. Handy Awards (blues "Grammys") given out each May in Memphis.

A player who inspired Ms. Ball, 90 year old Willie "Pinetop" Perkins will also appear. He is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing.

Jimmy Thackery is a guitarist who records for Blind Pig Records. He has been acclaimed as one of the hottest live acts around.

This year the festival will also have the syndicated radio show, the Beale Street Caravan, on site. They will be recording the whole festival to use as programming during the summer on their radio show.

The Beale Street Caravan is heard by an estimated 2.3 million listeners per week, around the world.

Gates open between 11 and 12 with music starting around one. Please leave food and drink at home because we'll have it on site. Tickets can be purchased online at Or by calling 706-597-1000. You can also get any additional information needed at

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004

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