24th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
The Wood Brothers
Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
Joey Landreth Trio
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Marcus King Band
Great regional food will again be featured along the food court. Gates open at 11 in the morning, with music beginning at noon.
About the artists
The Wood Brothers, a dynamic trio featuring brothers Oliver Wood on guitar and bassist Chris Wood, alongside drummer Jano Rix, are one of the best roots music acts touring today.
From their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, in 2006, on through to 2015s critically acclaimed Paradise the band has been busy winning over a growing worldwide fan base. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Atlantas Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Mixing in drummer Jano Rix as a permanent third member and it is quite clear that The Wood Brothers have found a magical combination. 2017 kicks off with the release of Live at The Barn, recorded at the late Levon Helms Woodstock NY studio. Theyll close our show this year and after working on getting them to McTell Fest for the last couple of years, we could not be more pleased to make it happen in 2017.
From Austin Texas, Mingo Fishtrap returns to McTell Fest to deliver another blistering set of soulful music, Texas style. Festival fans tell us that Mingo is one of the strongest, most fun bands weve had in Thomson. Led by singer and guitarist Roger Blevins, their funky style of soul-blues is not to be missed.
From the Boston area Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, who opened the festival a few years ago, are back with their Chicago style of electric blues, led by Ray Norcia on vocals and harp. Nominated this year, both individually and as a combo, for 10 !! Blues Music Awards, the band will again feature Monster Mike Welch on guitar. The Festival always plans to have a least one set of acoustic country blues during the day, and this year we will present Grammy-winning bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart. This is his first visit to McTell Fest.
Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Joey Landreth and his Trio are part of the roster in 2017. Through the years, the Festival has presented some of the worlds best guitarists, and we can honestly say that Landreth is one of the unique and talented working today. Joey formally toured as part of the Bros Landreth and this is his first trip down south with the Trio. Rounding out the lineup is the Marcus King Band. Marcus grew up a short distance from Thomson in Greenville, SC, and the guitarist is touring behind his first CD, produced by Warren Haynes.
Blind Willie McTell Festival Site - Open Field (View)
965 Stagecoach Road N.E.
Thomson, GA 30824