King Biscuit blues festival
Hundreds of thousands of people from as far away as Madrid come to pay their respects to The King Biscuit Blues Festival. When blues loving tourists, good music, good food and fun mix together, that is the making of a great recipe. Scores of fans from Madrid, Spain to Ohio made there way here to see the birthplace of King Biscuit Time, a live radio show that started its broadcast in 1941. The show was a success and the soul root of the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. Some very famous artists who played live on the radio show organized this festival, held each October on the banks of Mississippi. A mixture of big names headed the event with this year starting on Thursday with Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton, Keb' Mo' tonight on Friday.
"Kids come from oversea and wash their hands in the Mississippi River, just like the Jordan River,"
says Bubba Sullivan, who introduces the performers and sells records. Last year's lineup featured the legendary B.B. King. People like to point that out because he was born on the Mississippi side of the river. It's believed that his famous guitar, Lucille is named for a woman that caused a dance brawl in Twist, Arkansas. Just as in Clarksdale for the Delta Blues Museum, an old train depot serves as a studio for "King Biscuit Time." The host "Sunshine" Sony Payne welcomes guests from around the globe and sometimes interviews them on the show. Payne, will be 86 next month and still begins every show the same way.
"Pass the biscuits 'cause it's 'King Biscuit Time."