Willie King's 9th Annual Freedom Creek Festival
This email is to let you know about Willie King's 9th Annual Freedom Creek
Festival in Pickens's County, Alabama, on Friday May 26th and Saturday May
27th. This will be the ninth year that blues legend Willie King has presented
this down-home festival at his home in the Alabama backwoods. The Freedom
Creek Blues Festival attracts visitors from all over the world, and has received
international attention for it's warmth, friendliness and authenticity.
Due to popular demand the festival has become a two day event for the first
time, and will feature headliners Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, and Willie
King and the Liberators. Other popular blues acts include Mudcat, Caroline
Shines, Reverend Little, Sweet Claudette, Little Lee, "Birmingham" George,
Debbie Bond, Clarence Davis, Jesse Daniels, Taylor Moore, The Old Memphis Kings,
Grapevine, Todd Johnson, Jock Webb, and More!
All proceeds go to the Rural Member Association and the cover charge
includes free camping. This is just the best down-home festival there is! Early birds
on Saturday will also get free food while supplies last!
This year's festival is made possible by generous grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, with assistance
from the Alabama Blues Project.
Find more information online at www.willie-king.com , email to
firstname.lastname@example.org , or call (205) 554 1795.
Directions to the festival are at the end of this email.
Friday, 26th May, 4pm-10pm:
Show will be packed with great blues from the region including "Birmingham"
George Conner, Clarence Davis, Jesse Daniels, Taylor Moore, The Old Memphis
Kings, Grapevine, and more! Admission: $5 donation in support of the Rural
Saturday, 17th May, 1pm to 10pm:
Program will open with a gospel performance by Rev. Little. Following will be
a packed line-up that includes Hubert Sumlin, Honeyboy Edwards, Willie King
and the Liberators, Mudcat, Caroline Shine, Debbie Bond, Little Lee, Sweet
Claudette, Todd Johnson and Jock Webb, The Alabama Blues Project Advance Band and
more! Admission: $10.00 donation in support of the Rural Member Association.
This year's three headliners are Hubert Sumlin, Honey Boy Edwards and Willie
King and the Liberators.
Willie King and the Liberators:
Known to many as the "Bob Marley of the blues," Willie King combines his
juke joint blues with "struggling" lyrics creating a unique blend of irresistible
dance grooves. Willie's blues in known all over the world and he is the
recipient of many awards including "Blues Musician of the Year" twice from Living
Blues Magazine. In 2006 his album "Jukin' at Betty's" has been nominated for
the "Traditional Blues Album of the Year," by the Blues Foundation. This year
he has also been nominated by the Blues Foundation blues awards for
"Traditional Blues Artist of the Year." Willie has played extensively both locally and
nationally and returned last year from his first European performance. Known
also for his dedication to his local community in the heart of the impoverished
Alabama black belt, he works through his non-profit Rural Members Association
to teach traditional arts and holds his annual Freedom Creek Blues Festival. (
Hubert Sumlin is best known for the many years he spent as Howlin' Wolf's
guitar player. "If you're a blues fan, you have to know Howlin' Wolf. If you
know Wolf, you should know the man who was instrumental in his electric, fiery
sound, matching Wolf's growl all the way. Hubert Sumlin is an acknowledged hero
to many famous guitarists: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and
Jimmy Page just for starters have raved about him. Even after Wolf's death in
early 1975, Sumlin had carried on in a rich tradition that continues today as he
tours all over and records new music. In the last year alone, he's done shows
along with blues singer Koko Taylor . . . and avant garde bandleader Elliot
Sharpe. Now in his seventies, he has no intention of slowing down and his live
shows are the proof." (Jason Gross at
Hubert's latest CD features Eric Clapton and Keith Richards and is nominated
for a Blues Foundation Blues Award for "Best Traditional CD of the Year" and
he is nominated for "Best Traditional Artist of the Year."
David "Honeyboy" Edwards is one of the few remaining original practitioners
of the acoustic Delta blues style As a guitarist and country blues singer,
David "Honeyboy" Edwards has been playing" traditional and unadulterated
Mississippi Delta blues" since he left his home in Shaw, Mississippi, at the age of
fourteen. "Though Edwards took up electric blues in the 1960's and has since
worked on occasion with a band, he still performs authentic solo acoustic
country blues and is living testament of the music's vitality" The New York Times
calls Edwards one of "the last authentic performers in blues idiom that
developed in central Mississippi during the second and third decades of the
century," and Rolling Stone is saying " ...he shows that you don't always need a band
to move people's feet. "
Directions to Freedom Creek 2006
>From almost any direction, the best route is to get to Aliceville first!
>From Aliceville to Old Memphis (in Pickens County)
1. take Route 17 South toward Geiger
2. about 9 miles out of town, turn right on County Road 32 West, toward Macon
3. about 1 mile further on, turn right onto County Road 1
4. just over 4 miles down the road you will see Cedar Grove Church on your
right. Take the next turning on the right (just under 1 mile) onto Old Memphis
Road, which will be signposted to the festival
5. the festival site is a little under 1 mile down Old Memphis Road, on the
left hand side