Headliners for all three nights of the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will be newcomers to one of the biggest blues bashes in the country.

Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule will be the grand finale on Saturday night Oct. 7. Topping the bill on Friday evening (Oct. 6) will be J.J. Grey and Mofro. Tab Benoit, the "voice of the wetlands" will conclude opening day on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Headliners for all three nights of the 32nd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival will be newcomers to one of the biggest blues bashes in the country.

Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule will be the grand finale on Saturday night Oct. 7. Topping the bill on Friday evening (Oct. 6) will be J.J. Grey and Mofro. Tab Benoit, the "voice of the wetlands" will conclude opening day on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Warren Haynes helped re-energize the Allman Brothers and showed the Grateful Dead there was life after Jerry Garcia. Working with Gov't Mule, Haynes and his band are equally at home jamming with blues icons as well as rock and roll legends.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, J.J. Grey and Mofro's music has been described as a combination of blues, funk, soul and rock. Grey handles all the songwriting duties and cites Jim Reeves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Reed and Otis Redding as major influences.

Tab Benoit is a native of Houma, Louisiana. He refers to himself the "new kid from the old school." He has released 18 CDs since 1993. His fans consider Benoit the standard bearer for a new generation of Cajun blues musicians.

KBBF officials are calling this year's lineup "the most diverse and talented lineup in the history of one of America's most storied musical showcases. "This year's "Biscuit" will attempt to tie together the legacies of local legends – Sonny Boy Williamson and James Cotton – with an unparalleled lineup consisting of the best of the best from the past, present and future of the blues.

A grand total of 50 acts make up this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival. As in the past, the KBBF will consist of three stages along Cherry Street – the Gospel Stage, the Lockwood/Stackhouse Stage and the Main Stage. Admission to the Gospel Stage and the Lockwood/Stackhouse Stage are free. However, there is an admission charge to the Main Stage, where the headliners perform.

Several local favorites will return to this year's KBBF including the always-popular Paul Thorn. Some of Thorn's fans claim he stole the show from B.B. King back in 2010. He has returned to the festival every year since, save one – 2016. C.W. Gatlin will provide a little local color and history having performed with Sam Carr and Helena's own Frost. The impressive lineup also includes Sonny Burgess, who rubbed shoulders with Elvis Presley in Arkansas clubs during the birth of rock and roll.

Reba Russell will thrill the crowd with a performance of her inspirational "Heaven Came to Helena." Allman Brothers alumnus Jack Pearson and Gregg Allman's keyboardist Bruce Katz will add southern rock color to the weekend.

Tickets, including a 3-day Early Bird Pass may be bought online at www.kingbiscuitfestival.com.