KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL
time is upon us, dear readers. For the faithful, blues-loving throngs, that means it's time once again to head over to Phillips County to set up camp, soak up the sounds, have a little fellowship with your peers and maybe take down a smoked turkey leg and an ice-cold lite beer or three. And hopefully the weather will be a bit more cooperative this year than it was in 2012.
That Saturday last year was just downright unpleasant, what with the rain and cold and wind and general December-y bluster there in mid October. I was told by some Dutch KBBF regulars that last year's was the weirdest weather they'd seen in their 17 years of festival-going. As of Sunday night, the weatherman was forecasting partly cloudy and upper 70s-ish for the Thursday-Saturday time frame in the Helena-West Helena area, which is about the best you could hope for.
The lineup is pretty great too, with headliners Marcia Ball
, Robert Cray
and Gregg Allman
, plus longtime festival faves such as James Cotton
, Paul Thorn
, Cedell Davis
, Bobby Rush
and so many others.