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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush.

The 38th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Greenville.

Rush, who lives in Jackson, began his musical career on Chicago’s West Side blues circuit in the 1960s, nabbing his first hit, “Chicken Heads” in 1971. His sound — rootsy folk-funk to soul-blues — and colorful shows have made him a popular draw over the decades, with albums such as “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,” the Grammy-nominated “Hoochie Man” and “Down in Louisiana,” and “Raw.”

The Delta Democrat-Times reports the festival’s musical lineup will include Rush, Dorothy Moore, Steve Azar, Eddie Cotton, Nathaniel Kimble, O.B. Buchana, Kingfish, Grady Champion, Eddie Cusic and Jake and The Pearl Street Jumpers.

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