Mississippi Bigfoot (click plus to expand, then minus to collapse)
The members of Mississippi Bigfoot came together at Ground Zero in Clarksdale,
MS. Vocalist Christina Vierra has arranged vocals for Aretha Franklin and Madonna and has recorded as the voice of Janis
Joplin in a biopic being released by Sony Pictures. Guitarists Ashley Bishop and Chris Pitts both have a decade experience
playing Beale St. in Memphis with artists like Blind Mississippi Morris and Bobby Rush.
Helena native Sterling Billingsley is President and Music Chairman of the Arkansas
Blues and Heritage Festival. A walking encyclopedia of Helena’s rich blues history, he’s involved as both a performer and promoter of the King Biscuit Blues Festival.
Joe Louis Walker
Joe Louis Walker has a Chuck Berry Everyman appeal with his hard driving blues and
creds that range from living with Paul Butterfield’s late guitar master Mike Bloomfield to hanging out in San Francisco under
the shadow of the Fillmore West in its heyday. His series of CDs for Alligator Records have become a showcase for that label’s
calling card, contemporary blues with a frenzied bite.
Thursday night’s headliner Tab Benoit is “the voice of the wetlands.” A native of Houma, Louisiana,
he calls himself the “new kid from the old school,” having released 18 CDs since 1993. He is the standard bearer of a new
generation of Cajun blues musicians and a tireless crusader for the preservation of the rapidly vanishing wetlands of his native