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Carolina Blues Festival set for May 20 at Barber Park Amphitheater in Greensboro

Blues fans, listen up: The 31st annual Carolina Blues Festival is set for 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Barber Park Amphitheater, 1500 Dans Road, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A 10-pack of general admissions tickets are a bargain at $38.

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Muddy Creek Songwriters Festival features 52 performers on April 8-9

If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters or men and women and their guitars as my husband likes to call them, then you won’t want to miss the Muddy Creek Songwriters Festival set for Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, in historic Bethania, North Carolina. Tickets are a bargain and range from $12 to $22 in advance and $15 to $25 at the door.

I have had the pleasure of hearing a number of these uber talented artists perform at Muddy Creek over the past few months including Sam Tayloe, Tyler Nail, Abigail Dowd and Leah Shaw, and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

If you are feeling a little cash poor, head over to the Muddy Creek Cafe where you can find more talent, including Seth Williams and Doug Davis, playing for tips or the Alpha Chapel Stage across the street for free concerts sponsored by the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op. All shows welcome all ages.

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2016 Piedmont Blues Preservation Society winners perform at IBC ‘Memphis or Bust Showcase and Fundraiser’ on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Greensboro’s The Blind Tiger

From the good folks at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society:
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Piedmont Blues Preservation Society (PBPS) 2016 Blues Challenge winners Gabe Morales (Youth), Seth Williams and Terry VunCannon (Duo) and Laura Blackley & The Wildflowers (Band) are set to perform at the “Memphis or Bust Showcase and Fundraiser,” on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $10 for non-PBPS members, $8 for PBPS members and are available at the door. The event also includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and an Autographed Guitar Raffle. Williams and VunCannon can be heard performing at 7 p.m. Friday at the Muddy Creek Cafe, 5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Williams and VunCannon are also playing another fundraiser for the trip from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Mad Bean in Madison, North Carolina. Continue reading

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American Aquarium, Corey Hunt Band and Seth Williams to perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27

American Aquarium, Corey Hunt Band and Seth Williams will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27. Both BJ Barham, frontman for American Aquarium, and Williams are Reidsville natives.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show at 5455 Bethania Road in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

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International Blues Competition first stop for Reidsville guitarist

This also ran on The Huffington Post here and on Halfway South here.

MADISON, N.C. — Seth Williams went from playing the blues on Madison’s Market Street to Memphis’ famed Beale Street at the 32nd International Blues Challenge Jan. 26-30. If the fans reaction is any indication, it won’t be this young musician’s last trip to the home of the blues and the birth place of rock ‘n roll.

“I think he did really well,” says T.L Lineberry, operations director for the Carolina Blues Festival. “He’s young and has a lot of talent.”

Williams, a 17-year-old native of Reidsville, North Carolina, was among the talent performing in the Blues Challenge Youth Showcase along with blues musicians from around the world who competed for cash, prizes and industry recognition. Williams earned a spot on one of the storied stages by winning the youth competition in October at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro, North Carolina. Continue reading