David Kimbrough, Little Joe Ayers and Robert Kimbrough Live at The New Junior’s Juke Joint #2 in Holly Springs

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For many years, Hill Country bluesman Junior Kimbrough had a juke joint in rural Marshall County that was a destination for those in the know. People from all over the world made their way to the spot, where blues continued “All Night Long”, as the song said. The juke moved a couple of times over the years, then burned to the ground, and never reopened. So when I heard that Junior’s son was opening a new juke called Junior’s Juke Joint #2 near Holly Springs, I was thrilled. The new juke is much closer to town than the old ones had been, just north of the Rust College campus along Highway 7. The bright blue building was already abuzz with activity when I arrived, and I saw a number of people that had just come from the blues concert on the square, just as I had. Little Joe Ayers performed first, and as he was on stage Shannon McNally and Garry Burnside came in. Shortly thereafter, Junior Kimbrough’s son Robert Kimbrough got on stage and performed several tunes, and then the man of the evening appears, the juke’s owner himself, David Kimbrough Jr. As he performs a number of the Hill Country blues standards, his dad’s as well as R. L. Burnside’s, the floor fills up with willing dancers. When I left at midnight, things were still going strong. Junior’s Juke Joint #2 will be a must-visit attraction in Holly Springs.

Remembering the Legacy of R. L. Burnside at the Blues Shack in Waterford, Mississippi

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On the Friday night of the Labor Day Weekend, I headed down into Marshall County, Mississippi for the first year of what is to be an annual picnic in memory of the late Hill Country blues guitarist R. L. Burnside. The event was being held at a place called the Blues Shack near Malone, Mississippi (although it was advertised as Waterford, Mississippi), which was just off of Highway 310 on the Old Oxford Road, not far from the old Burnside Blues Cafe location. The crowd was smaller than I had expected, perhaps because there was a threat of rain, but the blues was absolutely magnificent, with R.L.’s son Duwayne Burnside playing alongside two other great Hill Country guitarists, Kenny Brown and Little Joe Ayers. The small crowd and the outdoor stage in front of the shack gave the event the feel of a family get-together, and there was barbecue smoking on the oil-barrel grill beside the stage. Younger musicians came and went from the stage, and the music was still going strong when I left at midnight, with thunder and lightning visible to the west.

Little Joe Ayers and Friends Live at Sun House Studios #SunflowerBlues2013

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Inside the Sun House Studios gallery and performance space, Little Joe Ayers and others performed on the stage for the better part of Saturday afternoon. Ayers is from Lamar, Mississippi in Marshall County, and spent many years as a member of Junior Kimbrough’s band, the Soul Blues Boys. During a festival where there was little Hill Country blues on the authentic line-up, Ayers’ performances gave fans a chance to hear Hill Country blues in a beautiful and authentic setting.

Duwayne Burnside Live at Foxfire Ranch, Waterford MS, 7/21/13

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On Sunday, July 21st, I was driving back from Atlanta to Memphis, and while I stopped at O’Henry’s Coffee in Homewood, Alabama for a latte, I saw on my phone that blues great Duwayne Burnside would be playing at Foxfire Ranch,a large outdoor venue at Waterford, Mississippi in Marshall County. So I called my homeboy Mike Suggs, who lives in Marshall County and asked him if he wanted to meet me there and he said he would. Actually, the Foxfire Ranch has blues every Sunday night during the summer months, and I was surprised at the extent of the crowd. And although this was very much Duwayne’s show, everyone who is anyone in Hill County blues just about showed up, including Shannon McNally, Kenny and Sarah Brown (organizers of the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic), Little Joe Ayers and Kinny Kimbrough. It was a night of great music and great fun.

Little Joe Ayers and Calvin Jackson on the Cat Head Stage @DevilDownRCRDS #jukejointfest @VisitClarksdale

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After sitting patiently at the back of the stage during Robert Kimbrough’s performance, Little Joe Ayers and Calvin Jackson came on stage for their performance. As mentioned before, these two men were associated with Junior Kimbrough and R. L. Burnside respectively, and are part of an ever-dwindling circle of authentic Hill Country bluesmen. However,Ayers shocked and saddened the crowd by stating that this year of performing would be his last, and gave for his reason a quote from a Junior Kimbrough song “I done got old. I can’t do the things I used to do.” Indeed, the weather was hot, and Ayers complained of dizziness after his performance.

Calvin Jackson & Little Joe Ayers at Cat Head #jukejointfest @DevilDownRCRDS @VisitClarksdale

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024 Calvin Jackson & Little Joe Ayers While Robert Kimbrough was on stage, drummer Calvin Jackson, who was the late R. L. Burnsides’ son-in-law, and guitarist Little Joe Ayers (who first played with Junior Kimbrough) were enjoying the music sitting on a bench at the back of the stage area.