Five On Friday - King Biscuit Headliners

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, October 07, 2011

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Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

The King Biscuit Blues Festival - the granddaddy of them all is going on right now in Helena, AR.

The name comes from “King Biscuit Time,” which was the longest running radio show. Sonny Boy Williamson and other musicians played live on KFFA every weekday, pausing for King Biscuit Flour commercials and announcements of their next nighttime performances.

Jim O’Neal, the editor of Living Blues Magazine at the time and an authority on blues history, said, “The King Biscuit hour was the thing that really crystallized blues music in this area. Muddy Water and B.B. King would come home from working in the fields every day just to listen to the King Biscuit hour. The festival was temporarily renamed Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival from 2005 to 2010 due to the problems arising out of rights of the name.

The festival was started in 1986 under the guidance of the "Main Street Helena" organization which is part of the "Main Street, USA" program. Its purpose was to revitalize the downtown area of the Mississippi River port city. In the intervening years the festival has grown into a four-day event with 5 stages and attendance of 100,000 or more.

This year the headliners are Buddy Guy on Thursday, Bobby Rush on Friday and Keb Mo' closing the festival on Saturday.

I will be posting photo essays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons over at American Blues News. Hope you check them out...


Have a grand weekend! I will be (well close to grand...ends up Nancy can not join me =[

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4 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Good music, all.

    I envy you your proximity to the cradle of the blues.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. Enjoy the festival!

  5. Mike Golch Says:
  6. cool tunes,thanks for sharing them.

  7. An awesome set, with Keb Mo being my definite favorite.


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