2023 Performing Musicians
Little Willie Farmer was born 1956 in Duck Hill, Mississippi. He armed the blues from his Uncle Waldo, who also influenced Leo Bud Welch. He first played church songs after that he performed blues with artists like Johnnie Billington, Bobby Rush and Lynn White. He can play both country blues and funky blues songs. On his first CD on Wolf he plays self-penned country blues songs like “Rock me Baby” or “Goin To Louisiana”. Click here for more details.
Mizz Lowe was born Loretta Harris in Holmes County, Mississippi. Growing up in Greenwood, Mississippi, Mizz Lowe grew up singing in her church and school. Mizz Lowe was very active in her school, singing, a member of the school band (playing the flute), on the dance team and a majorette. Mizz Lowe remembers walking through the house in her mother’s heels singing and dancing at the tender age of six (6). Click here for more details.
“Michissippi Mick” Kolassa lives in Memphis but was born in Michigan and lived in Mississippi for nearly 30 years, where he was given his nickname. He has played blues in solo and duo acoustic formats and with his bands for years. Mick has performed in legendary blues venues such as Ground Zero, The Rum Boogie Café, Biscuits and Blues, Martha’s Midway Tavern, The Bradfordville Blues Club, Darwin’s, Blind Willie’s, Underground 119, The Capitol Oyster Bar, the National Blues Museum, and many more. He has also performed at multiple blues festivals in North America and Europe. Click here for more details.
Wendy Jean Garrison “msslideguitar” of Oxford, respects the blues, honors the lessons learned in a year-long apprenticeship with bluesman Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, and has forged a style unique to her own life, through 25 years of performing in North Mississippi. She is profiled on the Mississippi Arts Commission website and is featured in the November 2021 Performance and the Pandemic Issue of Mississippi Folklife Magazine. Garrison will be joined by special guest, blues-woman Andrea Staten.
Anthony “Big A” Sherrod is a current bluesman that regularly in town. His natural showmanship that moves and plays with tremendous fun and passion personifies that one can hear authentic music in Clarksdale today… that is as good as it ever was historically. At present Anthony has a weekly residence at Red’s Lounge, the famous authentic juke joint in Clarksdale’s historic downtown Arts & Culture District.
Randy Ferguson is a versatile lead singer songwriter with well over 30 years of multi genre expertise. Randy has shared billing with dozens of music legends and has recently been playing duet gigs with Grammy nominated Hill Country Blues legend, Trenton Ayers. Randy moved from Jackson, TN, to the Mississippi Delta in 1996, to immerse himself in the Blues. Now residing in the Nesbit, MS area, Randy regularly offers Music Therapy to North Mississippi Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Centers, bringing the joy of music to area seniors. As a recurring artist and host of the Oxford Blues Festival www.oxfordbluesfest.com, Randy has delighted audiences with his original songs and stories. His songs “Walking Into Clarksdale” and “I Love The Rain” exemplify the life of a Mississippi Bluesman. Randy is working on an album of original songs that he plans to release this year.
For over ten years now Cadillacfunk has been providing north Mississippi with original funky blues with a new Orleans twist on their sound. There is something fun and enjoyable about this group for all ages. The group is made up of Andrew Yurkow (songwriter) vocals and guitar. Daniel Hodges saxophone. Jeff Callaway and Adam Davenport trombone, Daniel Roebuck trumpet, Matt Cutlip on drums. James Daigle bass guitar, Taylor Meador guitar. And long time friend and co-writer Bill Perry Jr. Keys and vocals
Andrea Staten is a Mississippi native who immersed herself in Hill Country Blues after moving to Oxford and attending the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic guitar workshop. Andrea is known as a rhythm guitarist who has performed with Garry Burnside, Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside, among others. She has more recently embarked on a solo career as well, singing and playing Mississippi Hill Country music.
Whenever you’re in the mood for some good home style blues and feel good all over R & B, you don’t want to miss a Muddy Alexander performance. An American singer and song writer blazing from Taylor, MS with an amazing blend of blues, R & B and classic soul. His high energy, gritty guitar and vocal performance will catapult you out of tour seat for more!