Sedalia Blues Festival and Blues Talent Competition – 2010
William Morganfield is the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and has emerged in the past few years as one of the top young blues talents in America. Bill has played all over the world in the past 11 years, bringing pure joy to those who have had the pleasure of seeing his live performance.
Many men try to fill their father’s shoes when they join the family business. Few, however, must prove they are up to the task in front of an audience as large as the one that watched Big Bill Morganfield.
Morganfield didn’t take up the challenge until several years after his dad passed away in 1983. The blues world mourned the passing of Muddy. Muddy leaves not only a gaping hole on the blues scene but also a grief-stricken son who is contemplating how to handle the loss. Bill buys himself a guitar and retreats into a private world, intending to teach himself how to play and then pay homage to his famous father. Indeed, this was the beginning of Big Bill Morganfield as a Bluesman and the start of his blues journey. Click here to read more about the evolution of the great blues talent of Big Bill Morganfield.
Aurora “Rory” Block has staked her claim as one of America’s top acoustic blues women, an interpreter of the great Delta blues singers, a slide guitarist par excellence, and also a talented songwriter.
The Sedalia Blues Society will sponsor the 13th Annual Blues Talent Competition as part of the Sedalia Blues Festival. Entries are no longer being accepted and the competing performers have been announced:
Solo/Duo Category: TOM HUNTER & JON GUNVALDSON; JACK ROY & JASON WARD; and PROFFITT & SANDIDGE
Bands Category: BIB OVERHAUL; BAD LUCK BLUES BAND; THE RAINSTEALERS; THE BUSH LEAGUE; and THE COYOTES.
(Order of appearance will be determined on the day of the event.)
Definitely the hottest blues ticket in Virginia, this is a must on your summer calendar! Beer, wine, and food available.
Admission: $15 in Advance, $20 at the gate, children under 12 free
Advance tickets are available through Friday, July 9, on this web site or by calling our office. Event takes place rain or shine. No pets, no coolers!
13th Annual Blues Talent Competition
The 13th Annual Blues Talent Competition will kick off at 1pm. Winners will be named in both the Solo/Duo Category and the Bands Category, and both winners will receive cash prizes. Both winners will also go on to represent the Sedalia Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2011.