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The King Biscuit Time radio show’s first broadcast in 1941 brought roots music to a mainstream audience for the first time, and was a watershed moment in African-American culture. The daily programming of Sonny Boy Williamson, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood Jr., and other Delta blues legends laid the foundation for all blues, rock, pop, and hip-hop music today. The program is still broadcast each weekday on KFFA in Helena Arkansas, and the show’s record-setting 15,000+ broadcasts document the formation of a true American art form.

King Biscuit Blues Festival:

Blues popularity has ebbed and flowed over the last fifty years with each new generation discovering the legacy of their musical forefathers. Even though there had been several rediscoveries of the blues, Helena’s contribution never seemed to earn much attention from the blues community. Seeing this sorely lacking…the idea was born for The King Biscuit Blues Festival.


In 1985 Bubba Sullivan and Jerry Pillow decided to explore the possibilities of having some type of Blues Festival in Helena. Neither had ever organized an event of such a large scale so they decided to pull together all of the blues lovers that they knew in the area. The list is a long one of all the individuals that responded to the call, some of the most involved were Ray Galloway, George Hays, Houston Stackhouse Jr., Lonnie Shields, James Morgan, Sterling Billingsley, Mike Harcourt and many, many more.

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The Original Snakeboy played at the 1998 King Biscuit Blues Festival.
“Catfish Keith performed all weekend at King Biscuit, at the National Guitar Museum & Stage, and had special guests perform and jam including Peter Madcat Ruth, Mary Flower, Robert Jones, John Mooney, The Original Snakeboy, and Paul Rishell & Annie Raines. There were also reported sightings of Alvin Youngblood Hart, Larry Johnson, Honeyboy Edwards and Roy Rogers. What a great festival, right in the heart of the delta!”
-Above quoted from Catfish Keith’s website…he and Snakeboy were good friends.

King Biscuit Festival is now known as…
The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.

This year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary !
Show is October 7-9, 2010 … in Helena, Arkansas.
B.B. King, Dr. John, and Taj Mahal will be among the many performers this year.

Link to their website on the right, or click on this Post Title 🙂
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