The Mississipi Blues Project at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

©Colin McAuliffe, 2008

WXPN has a new initiative called the Mississippi Blues Project that kicks off with a Cedric Burnside and Big George Brock performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend.

The MBP will include live performances and interviews that'll be aired on the radio on David Dye's World Cafe and Jonny Meister's Saturday night blues show on 88.5-FM, and it'll also be packaged with added-value video and essays (like Meister's just-posted musings on Bala Cynwyd-buried bluesman Skip James) on the web at

Most of the shows throughout the year will be at the World Cafe Live in University City, but Burnside and Brock will perform at the Lobby Stage at the PFF at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville on Sunday afternoon.

Burnside, who's pictured to the left, is the drummer and guitarist grandson of North Mississppi Hill Country electric bluesman R.L. Burnside, who had a late breaking rendezvous with international stardom when he became a Fat Possum recording artist in the years before his death in 2005. Brock is the sharp dressed harp p[layer whose natty attire and fat tone recall the late great Junior Wells.

The next MBP event is October 22 at the World Cafe Live with Terry "Harmonica" Bean and Jimmy "Duck "Holmes," and there are more show sceduled for next February and May. More info on MBP events here, and tickets for the PFF can be had here.   

Check out video below of Burnside playing guitar and singing on his Clarksdale, Miss. porch and playing drums with his guitarist partner Lightning Malcolm.

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