HOLLY SPRINGS: Blues on the Porch 1

‘Blues on the Porch’ Summer Concert Series announced
This new concert series will feature Hill Country Blues musicians performing monthly on the front porches of local
antebellum houses. Concerts are free and open to the general public.

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS (February 24, 2020) – Porch Blues is thrilled to announce a new summer concert series,
Blues on the Porch, that brings Hill Country Blues musicians home to Holly Springs for monthly evening
concerts. Each concert is on the porch of a local antebellum home and open to the public at no cost. Gates open
at 7:00, the musicians play from 7:30-8:30. Concertgoers are free to spread out on the lawn around the porch an
are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnics.

The lineup is: April 25 – Duwayne Burnside; May 23 – Mark Muleman Massey; June 20 – Lightnin Malcolm; July

25 – Kenny Brown; August 16 – Lady Trucker and the Headcutter Band; September 26 – Garry Burnside.

More information about the performers and porch locations can be found on the series website
(www.bluesontheporch.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/bluesontheporch/) or by email


About Porch Blues

One night over dinner, Holly Springs residents Dave & Pam Zelman and Mike & Lisa McCarter decided it would

be fun to combine their love of old houses with their love of the legendary Hill Country Blues by hosting

concerts…on their porches. They asked some neighbors to join in, asked some local blues musicians to perform

and 72 hours later, they had created a company and a concert series. Hill Country Blues has a worldwide

following…Porch Blues hopes that everyone will take advantage of the chance to see their hometown legends

play, quite literally, in their neighbors’ yards.

For more information on Porch Blues, please visit www.bluesontheporch.com or contact Pam Zelman or Lisa

McCarter (see contact information below).

About Hill Country Blues

Although Delta blues often claims the spotlight, other styles of the blues were produced in other regions of

Mississippi. In the greater Holly Springs area, musicians developed a “hill country” blues style characterized by

few chord changes, unconventional song structures, and an emphasis on the “groove” or a steady, driving

rhythm. R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough became unlikely heroes of the music world in the 1990s when their

“hill country” style caught on in both blues and alternative rock music circles. They developed a new, younger

following after they appeared in the 1991 documentary Deep Blues and recorded for the Oxford-based Fat

Possum label, and college students and foreign tourists mixed with locals at Kimbrough’s legendary juke joint in

Chulahoma. Both artists toured widely and inspired musicians from Kansas to Norway to emulate their hill country

sounds. Their songs were recorded by artists including the Black Keys and the North Mississippi Allstars, and

remixes of Burnside tracks appeared in films, commercials, and the HBO series The Sopranos. Kimbrough’s and

Burnside’s children, grandchildren and protégés continue the legacy and record for Fat Possum and other labels.

(source: http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues-trail-markers/hill-country-blues)


Pamela Zelman



Lisa McCarter



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