Nola Blue, Inc. is delighted to announce the establishment of a new blues festival to preserve, celebrate and support the rich musical legacy of Texas blues. The inaugural East Texas-based event will be held October 25-27, 2019 at Salmon Lake Park. Confirmed performers include Benny Turner, The Peterson Brothers, Steve Howell and Kathy & the Kilowatts. Additional lineup announcements forthcoming.
The festival’s location is significant because the area is considered the westernmost region of the Deep South, and has been fertile ground for some of the most influential blues artists of the twentieth century including Blind Lemon Jefferson, ‘The Father of Texas Blues,’; Lightnin’ Hopkins; T-Bone Walker; Freddie King and more.
Salmon Lake Park’s beautiful 100 acres provides an idyllic setting for the event, with a vintage bandstand nestled in a shaded area, a fresh water lake and plenty of buildings and other nostalgia from a bygone era of East Texas. Well-suited for group gatherings of families or close friends, there are more than 350 RV hookups, furnished cabin rentals and tent camping available for those who wish to spend the weekend onsite. Reservations can be made directly with the park by calling 936-687-2594. Festival tickets will be sold separately.
When her client, Benny Turner, was approached with the opportunity to produce a blues festival not far from where he was born, Nola Blue President Sallie Bengtson knew that it was the right thing to do, at just the right time. Turner embodies a living musical legacy, born on the porch of his Gilmer, TX family home where he and his older brother Freddie King listened to their mother and uncles playing the blues. Turner continues to play the blues to enthusiastic audiences everywhere, more than sixty years after beginning his music career, carrying on a tradition of which he is very proud. Bengtson says, “We look forward to celebrating with Benny on his 80th birthday (October 27, 2019) during this inaugural event.”