June 1, 2024 • 2 – 9 PM • 1711 Sweetbriar Avenue

celebrating 30 years






June 1 • 2-9pm

join us in continuing the

legacy of otha turner

This Year's Performers

Otha Turner, a renowned musician, was born in 1907 in Mississippi. Having dedicated his life to music, he achieved numerous feats during his career. He won a national heritage fellowship in 1992, a highly-coveted award that recognized his exceptional musical skills. In addition, he was nominated for not just one, but two Blues Music awards.

Otha’s immense contribution to the world of music was further highlighted when he was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in 2009. This was a tribute to his legacy, and a testimony to his incredible talent that mesmerized audiences for years. Overall, Otha Turner’s legacy remains an inspiration for aspiring musicians, and his impact on the music world continues to resonate with many.

Stacy Mitchhart began his professional career in Cincinnati, Ohio, playing the club circuit there and gaining widespread attention in the early 1990s. In 1996, he moved to Nashville to take up residence as house band at the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in famous Printer’s Alley.

In 2003, Mitchhart received the ‘Albert King Most Promising Guitarist Award’ at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. His album, Gotta Get The Feeling Back Again album was considered for a Grammy Award in 2008. Stacy Mitchhart was inducted into the South Canadian Blues Hall Of Fame in 2016.

Stacy is married to wife, Tawana Mitchhart, and has three step-children, Kenzie, Milan, and CJ. They currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shardé Thomas was born in north Mississippi in 1990 and is the granddaughter of the North Mississippi Fife and Drum Master the late Otha Turner. Shardé was her grandfather’s heir of the mastery of the fife and drum at very young age. Shardé is the lead vocalist and play the fife in the “Rising Stars Fife & Drum Band.” The Rising Stars Fife & Drum performs a mixture of folk music, blues, gospel, and pop.

Shardé released her debut album in 2010 titled “What Do I Do” and released her sophomore album in 2013 titled “Shawty Blues”. The Rising Stars has worked with greats like Eric Clapton, Cyndi Lauper, Bobby Rush, the North Mississippi AllStars, Mavis Staples, the Wandering, and many others to name a few.

Kenny brown is an American blues slide guitarist skilled in the north Mississippi hill country blues style.

He began hearing Otha Turner, Napolean Strickland and others who played at picnics across the road from his home at 7 years old. Brown apprenticed with Mississippi Joe Callicott, who moved in next door to his home in Nesbit, Mississippi, from age 12 to 15, when Callicott died.

Around 1971 Brown began playing with two other musicians. Johnny Woods would make an occasional playing partner until his death in 1990. More steady was Brown’s learning with R. L. Burnside, who claimed Brown as his “adopted son,” In the early seventies they started to perform in their region, and would keep up as a duo for thirty years sometimes joined with Calvin Jackson on drums. Cedric Burnside joined their tours from about 1994, as Burnside’s reputation surged in the 1990s and early 2000s. Brown first appeared abroad in Sweden in 1989.

On record, Brown recorded with R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Asie Payton, CeDell Davis, Paul “Wine” Jones, Frank Frost, T-Model Ford, Dale Hawkins, Mojo Bufford, Jessie Mae Hemphill, The North Mississippi Allstars, Jojo Herman as well as Cyndi Lauper.

Brown’s own debut album was Goin’ Back to Mississippi (1996),rereleased on Big Legal Mess produced by Dale Hawkins. He has recorded one album for Fat Possum Records, Stingray (2003). He released Cheap, Fast, and Dirty(2006) with Danish guitarist Troels Jensen, at Olufsen Records. Meet Ya In The Bottom (2008) is a CD Baby release, as well as his double album Can’t Stay Long in 2011.

Brown’s guitar work was featured in the 2006 film Black Snake Moan, where he provided backing for star Samuel L. Jackson’s vocals. He can be seen in the film’s climax as a guitarist in a blues band, playing alongside Cedric Burnside.

Kenny was a featured artist on The Black Keys Grammy nominated Delta Kream album released in 2021. Recorded in Nashville at the studio of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, the record with North Mississippi Hill Country legends Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, finds Auerbach and Keys drummer Patrick Carney paying homage to bluesmen like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Fred McDowell over 11 songs. Delta Kream, was released in 2021 on Nonesuch Records resulting in the nationwide Dropout Boogie national tour in 2022.

Additionally in 2022 Kenny Brown join Hank Williams Jr. for his latest studio release, Rich White Honkey Blues. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the release on the Easy Eye Sound label.

Kenny, along with his wife Sara, are the key founders of blues festival, The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic. Brown continues to perform locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and currently lives in the North Mississippi Hill Country.

The Lineup for Otha!!

Keyboard: Justin Martin
Guitar: Prince Parker
Guitar: Josh Martin
Cyber Stick/Sax: Nate Heffron
Drums: Dylan Stansberry
Bass: Eviean Dureaux

Raised on the southern outskirts of Nashville, Chip Greene grew up with a very different kind of Music City looming in the distance. The construction cranes and high-rise condos— now a ubiquitous part of Nashville’s ever-growing skyline — wouldn’t pierce the horizon for another decade or more, and creative-minded people were still in charge.

It was there, in a city fueled by art and filled with starry-eyed musicians, that Greene launched his career as a piano-pounding songwriter, reshaping the influences of his childhood — including Billy Joel, Charlie Rich, U2, and Bruce Springsteen — into his own brand of smoky, salt-of-the-earth rock & roll.

Rising up from the bluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through the Mississippi Delta, Nashville & now Como, MS, Blue Mother Tupelo oozes a deep kind of blue southern soul & roots rock sound that’s been described as truly Americana.

Blue Mother Tupelo is Ricky & Micol (pronounced “Michael”) Anne Davis. Our life together as (The) Blue Mother Tupelo began in Knoxville, Tennessee as a duo in 1995 & melding into various experimental configurations, most notably as a blues-rock electric quartet known for our live shows.

Venmo: @bluemothertupelo

Old-time garage-band music, polished as a pocket watch and primitive as a mule.

Members are Alex Hall, Alistair Newbern, Earle Simmons, Matt Richardson, and Tracy Hackney.