(BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA) – The Baton Rouge Blues Fest, approaching it’s 20th anniversary, has announced this year’s lineup. Including Dr John and Johnny Sansone, the festival’s lineup stays true to the swampy blues that came from the area.
Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest blues festivals in America, first held on the campus of Southern University. The festival continues to honor the legend of home-grown blues artists like Slim Harpo, Rudy Richard, Silas Hogan, Whisperin’ Smith, Guitar Kelly, Schoolboy Cleve, Chewin’ Gum Johnson and Raful Neal. The festival has brought in nationally and internationally recognized names like Bobby Blue Bland, Marcia Ball, Phil Guy, Larry Garner, Charlie Musselwhite, and recent Grammy-nominee Ruthie Foster, who won the hearts of festival goers in 2009.
Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to further their Baton Rouge blues experience beyond the festival at hangouts like Phil Brady’s (with the longest-running 21-year Thursday night blues jam around) and the inimitable Teddy’s Juke Joint in Zachary, Louisiana.