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Festival photos: King Biscuit Blues Festival, October 10-12

Bobby Rush at King Biscuit Blues Festival Bobby Rush at King Biscuit Blues Festival
Written by Daniel Costello
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The "King Biscuit Time" radio show aired in Helena, Ark. for the first time in November of 1941 and featured mostly African American musicians.

Airtime was 12:15 p.m., as that was lunch time for workers in the Mississippi/Arkansas Delta. The King Biscuit Blues Festival began in Helena in 1986 as a way to highlight the musical heritage of the area, and has attracted large numbers of fans since it began. The festival's location is a very depressed community and the event brings in much-needed revenue to the area.

Fans attending "The Biscuit" pass through hollowed grounds first featured in Robert Johnson's classic number "Crossroads," which tells of one man's journey though the Delta 80 years ago.

Featured artists at this year's event included Johnny Sansone, Cyril Neville, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, Kim Wilson, Taj Mahal, the Cate Brothers, Roy Rogers and many others.

All photos by Daniel Costello. To view the full set, follow the link below the gallery.

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