Named after the native McDuffie County bluesman, the 23rd Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival is coming to Thomson, Georgia (30 miles west of Augusta) this May.
The 2016 lineup will be headlined by onetime Roomful of Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl and his current band the Broadcasters (pictured). Other notable national acts playing the fest include Buckwheat Zydeco, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, The Cash Box Kings, The Deslondes, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. Regional dishes will also be available from a variety of local vendors.
New this year is an expanded 12 String Strut public art project (which will transform seven-foot tall replicas of Stella 12-string guitars into works of art), and a “Stay and Save Package” offering a discount on ticket prices for those staying overnight in participating Thomson hotels. Blind Willie’s Blues, a documentary about the festival namesake’s life and music, will be screened at 7 p.m. the night before the festival at the Thomson Depot free of charge.
Tickets for the all-day festival – Saturday, May 7th – are on sale now at www.blindwillie.com.