Eleven blues icons will take part in the third annual Call and Response Symposium to take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Malco Theater in historic downtown Helena. The event will be part of the 28th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival.
Call and Response participants will include Bobby Rush, Carl Weathersby, Blind Mississippi Morris, Brad Webb, Matt Marshall, Don Wilcox, Earnest “Guitar” Roy Jr., and Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Robert “Dr. Feelgood” Potts, David Malone Kimbrough Jr., and Roger Stolle. Wilcox and Marshall will serve as moderator of part one of the symposium and Stolle will moderate part two, which begins at 2 p.m.
In part one, artists Rush, Weathersby, Beale Street veteran blind Mississippi Morris and Webb discuss how they stay true to their genre and survive in the music business in 2013. Wilcox, KBBF's own award winning blues journalist and Marshall, editor of American Blues Scene, one of the most popular blues websites ask the tough questions concerning how the artists stay in the game and continue to pour their hearts out on blues stages around the world – from Carnegie Hall to the juke joints of Helena.
Part two will feature four of the most colorful Delta bluesmen that continue the rich tradition of the blues in the birthplace of the music. Roy, Perry Potts and Malone are all Mississippi born and bred. Each grew up in the blues tradition advancing a legacy that includes work with such authentic traditional bluesmen as Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Little Milton, Willie Dixon and Junior Kimbrough.