Ruby Wilson, the Queen of Beale Street, Live at Otha’s Place, Senatobia, 7/27/13

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An unexpected treat at Saturday’s End of Summer Festival at Gravel Springs was the appearance of Memphis blues great Ruby Wilson. Her performance got the most applause of the night, although her show was briefly interrupted by a visit from a snake! Nearby fans killed it, and the show went on.

Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band Live at Otha’s Place, 7/27/13

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At any blues event, the arrival of Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band holds the crowd’s attention, and nowhere is this more true than at events at the Otha Turner homestead at Garvel Springs. The fife and drum band marches onto the grounds and through the crowd, drawing a trail of enthusiastic second-liners behind it.

D J Fitzgerald Band Live at Otha’s Place, Senatobia, 7/27/13

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I had not heard of the D J Fitzgerald Band until yesterday at SHarde Thomas’ End of Summer Party at Otha’s Place in Senatobia, but they are a good indie rock band from Senatobia, and some of their songs have a faint blues influence.