Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival announces 2010 lineup by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Posted on 5/17/2010 by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms


(Memphis, Tennessee)There's exciting news from our friends in Helena, Arkansas. My friend, grantwriter and blues maven Heidi Knockenheur posted the news of this year's lineup earlier on Facebook and I am delighted to pass this information along to our international readers here at the American Blues News.

The Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is among the most prestigious and well attended blues events in the world. It has existed for 25 years and this year the lineup will feature a sure to please list of blues luminaries. Tickets for 3 three long days of music are only a mere $25 and that is the world's best live music value considering the quality of the talent that will be appearing this year.

Reba Russell

Fans will enjoy B.B. King and Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin, Reba Russell, Michael Burks and many more great stars during this remarkable weekend of fun.

I am delighted to announce that my band of 25 years, the Wampus Cats will be appearing as well as Papa Don McMinn with whom I will be honored to play again this year. I would not miss this 25 year anniversary festival for anything. It will be one to remember. Don't miss out!

We will be covering this event at the American Blues News but there is nothing like being there in person so...

order your tickets for the event October 7, 8, and 9 right here online:


James Harman and Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Thursday – Main Stage
Heather Cross
SBBS Battle of The Band Winner
Grady Champion
Willie Cobbs
Sterling Billingsley Band
James Harman
Reba Russell
Paul Thorn
B. B. King

Sterling Billingsley Band
Preston Shannon
Friday - Main Stage
Sherrie Williams
Big Jack Johnson
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Kentucky Headhunters
Hubert Sumlin & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Michael Burks
Marcia Ball
Dr. John

2010 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Musslewhite
Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin
Saturday – Main Stage
Preston Shannon
Larry McCray
Bobby Parker
Pinetop Perkins & Bob Margolin
Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Charlie Musselwhite
Taj Mahal
Bobby Rush
Friday – Lockwood Stackhouse Stage
Phillip Stackhouse
Andy Coats
Johnny Billington
Bernie Pearl
Spoonfed Blues featuring Mississippi Spoonman
Gwen White
Mojo Buford
Bobby Rush

John Hammond
Saturday – Lockwood Stackhouse Stage
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Rev. Robert
Austin “Walkin” Cane
John Hammond
Lonnie Shields
Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms and the Wampus Cats
Papa Don McMinn
Earnest “Guitar” Roy

Papa Don McMinn
Payton Clark (Bit-O-Blues) Stage
David Bernstein
Johnny Billington Blues Academy
Matt Zigler
Homemade Jamz
Payton Clark Memorial featuring The Payton Clark Band

Bill Bailey and Memphis Mike Forrest of the Wampus Cats
text and all photographs, © Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms, 2010

American Blues News Staff

What makes American Blues News unique is our coverage across America. Here is our lineup:

Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

We head to the big state of Texas! Abby Owen, our Texas correspondent.

Another big area to cover, the West Coast with Casey Reagan, Casey will feature many artists and events on this ocean's shores.

Lastly, we have our roving blues entertainment writer,
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