Freedom Creek Festival set for May 28-29

May 15, 2010 9:47:00 PM



Willie King''s non-profit organization, the Rural Members Association, announces the 13th annual Freedom Creek Festival to be held at the traditional location in Old Memphis, near Aliceville, Ala., where Willie lived before his untimely passing March 8, 2009. 


This two-day event will take place Friday and Saturday, May 28-29, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is a suggested donation to the Rural Members Association of $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday.  


Each day begins with traditional gospel, followed by non-stop blues.  


"This is the most down-home, real deal blues festival around," says event co-organizer Rick Asherson. 


May 28 will headline with Kent Burnside with Gary Burnside, grandson and son of the late R.L. Burnside. Opening will be local gospel group Willie Washington and Southern Echoes. The line-up will feature Little Jimmy Reed of Enterprise, Ala., last year''s festival favorites Venessia Young and the True Blues Express, and the Mississippi Blues Boys, a local band featuring Willie Lee Halbert, vocalist on all of Willie King''s CDs.  


May 29 will headline with Jody Williams, outstanding guitar player for Howlin'' Wolf''s first band, Chess session guitarist for many years and seminal performer in the ''50s and early ''60s. Also performing will be Eddie Kirkland, guitarist for John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding and a prolific recording artist in his own right.  


Opening will be the Mississippi Nightingales gospel group. Also performing are Mudcat (his most recent album is titled "Freedom Creek"), local bluesmen Clarence Davis, Jesse Daniels and "Birmingham" George Conner, Birmingham great Elnora Spencer, the Alabama Blues Project Advanced Band and Little Willie Farmer. 


For more information about the festival, go to, or contact Asherson at 205-752- 6263.