Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Mt. Zion Memorial Fund with RL BOYCE PICNIC Presents Walk Like A Big Blues Mane Workshop Weekend w/ RL BOYCE

Plan to Get DUSTY in Como, MS

Oct. 16 & 17 2021



RL BOYCE, Living Hill Country Blues Legend gathered the best of Mississippi Blues players for his 2019 family picnic. Recorded live in Como, RL's newest release is 60 minutes of unfiltered, raw and rocking hypnotic electric Blues from North Mississippi A complication of astounding artists show-cases the wide range of unique sounds happening in Mississippi today. All players were inspired by the traditional music making methods RL BOYCE has employed for the last 50 years. Crowned King of the Hill Country Boogie RL BOYCE closes the disc with a transcendent jam that takes you HIGHER! 

Come celebrate in person with the Big Blues Mane. 

Grab yourself a copy at the RL BOYCE PICNIC Walk like A Big Blues Mane Workshop Weekend Oct. 16 & 17, 2021, Como MS. RL will have a mess of copies on hand, and ready to sign. CD ONLY limited release available on WoodB Records. Recorded SEPT. 1, 2019, RL BOYCE PICNIC, COMO, MS. 

These recordings were made possible with generous support from the Mississippi Arts Commission

RL BOYCE was awarded a Mississippi Arts Commission 2021/22 Individual Project grant for his RL BOYCE PICNIC Walk Like a Big Blues Mane Workshop Weekend. This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2021 /22. RL will use his award to cover the overhead cost of his workshop weekend event. These grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; pro-mote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and arts education.

 Come on thru, and Shake 'em on down with RL BOYCE! 

Living HillCountry Blues Legend RL BOYCE is waiting on you, and U n YOU! 

Join GRAMMY Nominee, American musical treasure RL BOYCE. "Walk Like A Big Blues Mane WorkShop Weekend" offers a chance to meet up with RL BOYCE for the weekend in his hometown of Como, MS. Hang out with the Mane his self and learn from the Legend. A unique opportunity for anyone to place one selves in the shoes of a true Mississippi Bluesman's experience. RL BOYCE PICNIC 2021 "Walk Like A Big Blues Mane WorkShop Weekend provides an immersive unfiltered unique cultural experience only found in North Mississippi. 

RL Boyce's history with Blues music from North Mississippi runs deep. RL has played Blues music for 50 years. He began on drum in 1970, and played with his Uncle Otha Turner's traditional Fife and Drum band for 30 years. In the 1980s David Evans of High Water Records approached RL about recording with the SheWolf herself, Jessie Mae Hemphill. A couple years later RL picked up the guitar and developed his own style "Hill Country Boogie" after Mississippi All Star star Luther Dickinson dared RL to learn how to play guitar 

In its fourth year RL BOYCE PICNIC joined forces with MT. Zion Memorial Fund, a recognized Non Profit organization, dedicated to research and respect of American Blues traditions and musicians allowing for RL BOYCE PICNIC to accept awarded public funds. 

A harmonious union President Annise Bradley is a Young Family descendant. The Young Family Fife n Drum Band Ed, Lonnie Sr., and Lonnie Jr. were first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959. Great Uncle Lonnie "Buster" Young Jr., Lonnie Sr.'s youngest son will demonstrate how a Cane Fife is made, and share the oral history of their fascinating Mississippi African American family, traditions, and art. 

Abe "Keg" Young with his bass drum
Photo © Bill Steber

Hosted by Shanquisa Boyce & Sheila Birge
SAT. Oct. 16, 2021

Greg Ayres Guest Room
6830 HWY 51 N @ Old Panola Rd.
First Left after "In A Hurry"


Guitar Fife & Drum Workshop w/ RL Boyce, Lightnin' Malcolm, David Evans, Annise Bradley Learn the tricks, licks, and lore from the legend himself. RL is joined by the Electric North Mississip-pi musician Lightnin' Malcolm. Folklorist Dr. David Evans of UM High Water Records, author of Big Road Blues, Tommy Johnson. Annise Bradley is a direct descent of Ed, Lonnie Young Sr. and Lonnie Jr. whose Fife and Drum Band was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959. Along with G.D. Young, and Abe "CagHead" Young who is Annise's Grand father.

11AM - 4PM - LIMITED to 25 - $100

Cane Fife Demonstration and Young Family history with Lonnie "Buster" Young Jr.
Annise Bradley's Great Uncle will demonstrate how a Cane Fife is made, and share the oral history of the Young family's music which dates back to the end of the civil war, when Fife & Drum Bands became exclusively Black. Lonnie "Buster" Young Jr. was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959.

5 PM
Yard Party Jam w / the Big Blues Mane
Workshop Students join the legend his self, RL Boyce in the yard.
w/ RL BOYCE, Lightnin' Malcom, Duwayne Burnside Band, Travis Hullette, Young Family Members Fife & Drum Band, Kody Harrell, Guitar Lightnin' Lee & His Thunder Band
If you plan to jam, please bring your gear.

Sunday OCT. 17, 2021

Big Blues Mane HillCountry Guided History Tour
RL BOYCE and Annise Bradley lead guests to a variety of locations pertinent to RL's musical legacy, and incredible life. Also learn about the Young family's Fife & Drum connections to so many from the North Mississippi Blues community. Each guest is provided with a printed map. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Stop by spots like where Fred McDowell's trailer stood, LPs Ball Field, Hunter Chapel Church, Compress Rd. And the gravesites of Fred McDowell, Otha Turner, Sid and Jessie Mae Hemphill, Napoleon Strickland, Calvin Jackson, Ed, Lonnie Sr., Abe Young and more.

VIP Ticket (Limited to 25) $150
Includes all weekend events plus

SAT. 10 AM
Meet RL BOYCE at Southern Menagerie Shoppe in downtown Como for fresh brewed coffee and homemade baked goods. RL will escort guests to the Blues Markers on Main Street and Emily Pointer Library. Where one can view the permanent photo collection of HillCountry Blues musicians. The display includes photos by famed folklorist George Mitchell, Tennessee photographer Bill Steber, and Como resident Yancey Allison.

Ready Ticket $ 50
Fife n Drum Demo
Yard Party Jam
HillCountry Guided Tour

MT. Zion Memorial Fund
Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Mississippi Arts Commission
Visit Mississippi
WoodB Records

Ms. Dorothy's Food Pantry
Southern Menagerie Shoppe
Deli 51
Home Place Pastures

Emily J. Pointer Public Library

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