Dr. John and the Nite Trippers - Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late sixties following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He came to wider prominence in the early 1970s with a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Click here for website.
Mint Condition - The group is well known for its highly diverse musical style (able to play anything from traditional jazz stylings to mainstream R&B and rock-based music to funk grooves and even Latin and Jamaican-based rhythms) and also its captivating live performances. The band is also well known for their well written and produced R&B ballads, mainly in the 1990s. Click here for website.
Urban Mystic - In keeping with his mission to share real soul music, Urban Mystic is ready to touch the masses with “Love Intervention,” his fourth official album on SoBe Entertainment. Click here for website.
Dorothy Moore - Jackson's own Grammy nominated, Dorothy Moore played New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s Palladium when she burst on the scene with the classic Misty Blue in 1976. Recent recognitions for Dorothy Moore were a Blues Trail Marker placed at the Alamo Theater in Jackson MS, 2008, and the Monterey Lifetime Achievement award given for the first ever from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, 2006. Click here for website.
Dexter Allen - This unique style landed Dexter the 2008 Jackson Music Award for Male Vocalist of the year. Earlier in 2008 Dexter decided it's time to take it to another level and become a recording artist. Being talented to play Guitar, Bass and keyboards, Dexter began to write and record his own music and delivered the current album titled Bluezin My Way, a Bluezy, Soulful album, with stories of Love, Lust, Lies, and Allibies. Click here for website.
Vickie Baker - is one of the pluckiest of the younger generation of Southern Soul artists. Consider this hilarious exchange from her collaboration with Bobby Rush on "I Don't Want You To Leave Your Wife." Click here for website.
Tab Benoit - A guitar player since his teenage years, he appeared at the Blues Box, a music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. He formed a trio in 1987 and began playing clubs in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Click here for website.
Eden Brent - A blues pianist and vocalist, she combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. Her vocal style has been compared to Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Aretha Franklin. Click here for website.
Kenny Brown - Kenny grew up in the hill country of northern Mississippi and knows the region's music well. As a 10 year old, he learned to play guitar from his neighbor Joe Callicott, and has played with Mississippi Blues Masters ever since. Click here for website.
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Barbara Carr - Carr has been honored twice with the Living Blues Readers Award as 'Female Blues Artist of the Year'. Her 2012 release, Keep The Fire Burning, on Catfood Records, reached top ten on both the Living Blues Report and the Roots Music Report. Click here for website.
Grady Champion - Grady is a young, blues singer and harmonica player, born October 10, that has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson, and people can hear exactly why on his Shanachie debut Payin' for My Sins released August 24, 1999. Click here for website.
Jesse Dee - Dee’s passion is exploring and updating soul music for contemporary audiences. With his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters), he accomplishes just that. Click here for website.
Shane Dwight - He has performed with and/or shared the stage with a wide variety of some of the biggest names in music: B.B. King, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Night Ranger, The Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Winter, Etta James, The Doobie Brothers and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few. Click here for website.
D’Mar & Gill - Derrick D'MAR Martin has toured with as the lead drummer for Little Richard for the past sixteen years. D'MAR pairs his energy and magnetism with bluesman Chris Gill. Gill gained knowledge of the blues firsthand from Bentonia legend Jack Owen, with whom he spent days on the porch pickin' and nights soakin up the blues at the Subway in Jackson, Mississippi. Click here for website.
Jeff Floyd - After years of performing and honing his skills he was noticed by Stax Records legend William Bell, who signed him to his Wilbe imprint. Floyd scored a huge regional hit with "I Found Love (On A Lonely Highway)" and has enjoyed status as one of the top Southern Soul singers since that time... Click here for website.
Zac Harmon - Born and raised in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, Zac Harmon is a true disciple of the music that emanated from the city’s historic Farish Street district, universally recognized as the home of such great blues legends like the late, great Elmore James. Click here for website.
Nikki Hill - Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Click here for website.
Laura Izibor - At the age of 15, Izibor won a prestigious national performance competition, the "2FM Song Contest." At 17, she started work on her debut album, taking the time to really hone her songs. "Let The Truth Be Told" was recorded over the course of four years in a diverse range of cities. Laura also performed live constantly during this period, finding her true home onstage. Click here for website.
Vasti Jackson - Vasti is a soulful world renown guitarist, and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage. Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. From his early beginnings playing in church, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around the world. Vasti move effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to gospel, and beyond. Click here for website.
Leela James - "I want my music to be more than just good music. I would like to challenge what is considered popular R&B music today. I want it to bring back good lyrics and real singing that touch people in their hearts and and melodies that stick to their ribs and nourish the soul." -- Leela James, 2005. Click here for website.
Lacee - Lacy Yvonne Reed (B.K.A Lacee) born July 1, is an American R&B, Soul and Blues singer and songwriter. Her first album was released in 2006 by the internationally known funk group the Bar-Kays, Archie and Lillie Love with Loveland Records. That same year she won the International Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Jackson Music Award in Jackson, Ms. Click here for website.
Denise LaSalle - Denise LaSalle made her ECKO RECORDS debut in October 2002 with the hottest record she has had in over a decade. "Still the Queen" offers such powerful tunes as "You Should Have Kept It In The Bedroom," "Unloveable Habits," "Dirty Freaky Man" plus her touching, soul-stirring tune inspired by 9-11-01, "There's no separation." Click here for website.
Bettye LaVette - Her parents sold corn liquor and her living room was oft-times visited by The Soul Stirrers, The Blind Boys of Mississippi, and many other traveling gospel groups of the day. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Bettye did not get her start in the church, but in that very same living room, where there was a jukebox, filled with the blues, country & western, and R&B records of the time. Click here for website.
Memphis Icebreakers - The legendary Memphis Icebreakers! Sweet sounds of Motown, soul classics, R&B hits, golden oldies, the best of beach, solid standards to the hits of today- you name it, they play it! Plus, The Memphis Icebreakers now feature a dynamic female lead vocalist! Click here for website.
The Peterson Brothers - The Peterson Brothers were born and raised deep in the "Lost Pines" of Bastrop, Texas. Alex, 14, on bass, violin and vocals, and Glenn Jr.16 on guitar
and lead vocals. Their music combines the classic blues sounds of legends with their own unique blend of soul-infused inspiration.
In just a few short years they have had the opportunity to open for Pinetop Perkins, B.B. King, Los Lonely Boys, Hubert Sumlin and many other legendary bands. Also while on this journey they have been blessed to share the stage with legends that have taught, inspired and mentored them, Buddy Guy, Michael Burks, Sonny Rhodes, Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Jimmi Mayes, Bob Stroger and countless other incredible musicians. Click here for website.
Patrice Moncel - A vocalist of enormous God-given talent and profound skill and delivery, Patrice Moncell is a super sonic force of Blues, Soul, Gospel, and Jazz. Click here for website.
Mud Morganfield - Naturally, Mud, the eldest son of legendary bluesman "Muddy Waters", was drawn to music at an early age. He learned to make the best of his famous father’s hectic touring schedule, seeing Muddy only during brief respites at home in Chicago. Ever the devoted father, Muddy bought his son a drum set every Christmas, which Mud learned to play at age seven. Later, he switched to bass guitar while delving into songwriting. Click here for website.
John Nemeth - John Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for Robert Cray, Keb Mo', and Earl Thomas. Click here for website.
Ben Payton - Payton was honored by being chosen to represent the state of Mississippi for the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series at the Library of Congress, which included an additional concert at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Click here for website.
Bobby Rush - a Louisiana native who lived for decades in Chicago, earned the title “king of the chitlin circuit” after relocating to Jackson in the early 1980s. Rush's distinctive “folk funk” style, featured on his recordings for the Jackson-based LaJam label and others, bridged the blues he heard as a youth and modern soul music. Click here for website.
Reba Russell - On the Memphis scene for more than 25 years, Reba has won three Premiere Vocalist Awards from the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences and released five independent CDs in the past seven years. Click here for website.
The Jarekus Singleton Band - Jarekus Singleton at age 28 is one of Mississippi’s younger blues guitarists who will blow you away with his alternating soulful and blazing guitar licks. He even writes and produces his own songs. Click here for website.
Trampled Under Foot - Siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen grew up with the Blues. Their parents, Bob and Lisa, were active in the thriving Kansas City Blues scene, playing in local bands and competing in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. Bob and Lisa’s band didn’t make it to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis — but their kids did. Click here for website.
Alex Wilson Band - Alex picked up the guitar at five years old and never put it down. Immersed in the Milwaukee blues scene, Alex was surrounded, and influenced by such local luminaries as Stokes, Lee Gates, Jim Liban and Milwaukee Slim. Click here for website.