The 27th Annual Blind Willie Music Festival will feature North Mississippi Allstars.
The group was formed in 1996 by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson (sons of Memphis musician/producer Jim Dickinson), with the intention of combining the blues and bluegrass of the North Mississippi region with rock and other modern forms. Their first album, Shake Hands with Shorty, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Additionally three subsequent albums 51 Phantom, Electric Blue Watermelon, and Up and Rolling, released in 2020,received nominations in the same category. The group also won a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut in 2001.
They’ve played countless shows in front of avid crowds, touring alongside Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Mavis Staples, and John Hiatt and many others.
The festival will also feature Son Volt, the pre-imminent combo lead by Jay Farrar. Farrer, along with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, was one of the founders of Uncle Tupelo. Touring behind a new disc, out in July, the band has released 11 albums of original material by Farrar, equally influenced by decades of folk, rock, blues and country styles of music. We could not be prouder to have them on our stage in 2021!
From Santa Monica, we are honored to introduce Joachim Cooder. Cooder, son of famed guitarist and musicologist Ry Cooder, is a percussionist, drummer and pianist and will be on our stage fronting his trio. His recording credits are extensive and his eclectic solo material is a fantastic amalgamation of his lifelong influences. He’s out touring behind his second release, Over That Road I’m Bound, a collection of songs by Uncle Dave Macon.
Todd Albright is a soloist who comes to Thomson by way of Detroit, Michigan. He is wonderful performer, vocalist, and twelve string guitarist. Of course, he’s a disciple of McTell, Leadbelly and other influential country blues artists from the past. Albright will be right at home on our stage!
Rounding out 2021 lineup will be Atlanta’s Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. Crimmins and his band offer an incredible blast of high energy Ragtime and Dixieland music, filtered through a lens of Crimmins originals and rollicking covers from the early 20th century.