KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL
King Biscuit time is upon us, dear readers. For the faithful, blues-loving throngs, that means it’s time once again to head over to Phillips County to set up camp, soak up the sounds, have a little fellowship with your peers and maybe take down a smoked turkey leg and an ice-cold lite beer or three. And hopefully the weather will be a bit more cooperative this year than it was in 2012.
That Saturday last year was just downright unpleasant, what with the rain and cold and wind and general December-y bluster there in mid October. I was told by some Dutch KBBF regulars that last year’s was the weirdest weather they’d seen in their 17 years of festival-going. As of Sunday night, the weatherman was forecasting partly cloudy and upper 70s-ish for the Thursday-Saturday time frame in the Helena-West Helena area, which is about the best you could hope for.
The lineup is pretty great too, with headliners Marcia Ball, Robert Cray and Gregg Allman, plus longtime festival faves such as James Cotton, Paul Thorn, Cedell Davis, Bobby Rush and so many others.