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2024 performing musicians
Ra’ Shad the Blues Kid

Ra’ Shad the Blues Kid

Ra’Shad The Blues Kid, born Larry Ra’Shad Lavar McGill, hails from Laurel, Mississippi, and is deeply rooted in the blues tradition. Influenced by the musical greats of the Mississippi PineBelt, Ra’Shad’s music, including hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin”, reflects his love for the blues. Starting in church and later forming The Groove Band, Ra’Shad collaborated with various artists, shaping his unique style. He gained international recognition, performing at the Delemont Blues Festival in Switzerland. In 2023, he received accolades from the International Blues Hall of Fame and Jus Blues Music Awards, showcasing his commitment to preserving the blues. His recent achievements include induction into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame and receiving the “Tribute to B.B. King Blues Award.” In 2024, he was honored with an Honorary Membership Ring to the GroundZero Blues Club.

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