Call & Response Symposium

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King Biscuit Blues Festival presents 11th annual “Call and Response: Blues Symposium” in historic Helena, Arkansas

Join two blues journalism and preservation legends, Roger Stolle and Don Wilcock, for their eleventh annual Call and Response Blues Symposium. They moderate two one-hour-long “back fence” conversations with legendary blues musicians and personalities who are some of the most colorful people on today’s vibrant blues scene. “Come on home” to this lively confab that’s become a colorful highlight of the festival.

WHERE: Malco Theater, Cherry St., Helena, Arkansas

WHEN: Saturday, October 7th – 10:00am-12:15pm



Part One – 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

with Charlie Musselwhite, Kent Burnside, Jimbo Mathus and James “Taildragger” Jones

Moderator: Roger Stolle
Stolle’s Cat Head is currently celebrating 19 years as “Mississippi’s blues store” in historic downtown Clarksdale. He is a Blues Music Magazine and Twoj Blues columnist, Juke Joint Festival co-founder, author of Hidden History of Mississippi Blues and Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential, and co-producer of film projects such as M for Mississippi and Moonshine & Mojo Hands. He is also a Blues Music Award recipient. His free annual Cat Head Mini Blues Fest is Sunday, October 10th.


Part Two – 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

with Munnie Jordan, John Primer, Nick Moss and Dennis Gruenling

Moderator: Don Wilcock
Don Wilcock spent the Pandemic writing his 300-page memoir tentatively titled Even Rock Stars Get The Blues. He began writing about blues 52 years ago as an Army journalist in Vietnam. His authorized biography on Buddy Guy, Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues, was published in three languages. Now out of print, it has become a cult classic among blues aficionados. He has edited several music magazines including The King Biscuit Times and currently is one of the more prolific blues journalists writing for several websites and music magazines including The Blues Music Magazine and American Blues Scene. He is also one of the producers working on a follow-up to their 2012 film Turning Pages.


For more information contact:

Don Wilcock

Roger Stolle

Last modified: April 25, 2024