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Howlin’ Wolf fest planning under way, art revealed

July 7, 2014

By Donna Summerall

The 19th Annual Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival is already in the planning stages and will open the doors at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Community Counseling Services Auditorium, formerly the campus of Mary Holmes College, for Blues aficionados to pay their respects to the legendary bluesman, Chester Arthur Burnett, West Point’s own “Howlin’ Wolf.”
“The Black Prairie Blues Foundation (BPBF) has revealed this year’s T-shirts and poster art in honor of the legends of the Black Prairie Blues,” Richard Ramsey, vice president of the Black Prairie Blues Foundation, said. “The very cream of the crop are featured in the art for the shirts and posters.”
Ramsey said Lucille Bogan of Amory is one of the top three premier ladies of the Blues, Big Joe Williams, king of the 9 - strings from Crawford, legendary Willie King of Prairie Point, Bukka White from Houston and the king of Chicago Blues, Howlin’ Wolf, are all prominently featured on this year’s T-shirts and poster art.
“We have stepped it up with this year’s artists,” Ramsey said. “We have international blues competition winner, Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child, Lightning Malcolm and his drummer Stud, who are fresh from a European tour with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Texas blues sensation, Carolyn Wonderland, who has appeared recently on Austin City Limits and closing out this year’s artists are George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners.”

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