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Great Basin Blues Festival, Aug. 16, Mountain Home


The second annual Great Basin Blues Festival returns this week to the delight of those lucky enough to have caught it last year and those who missed it but heard all about it from those who didn't.

The inaugural event featured Mississippi Delta bluesmen Bill Abel, Cedric Burnside, T-Model Ford, Cadillac John Nolden, Monroe Jones and Lightnin Malcolm—legendary musicians not often heard this far north. This year's festival will again provide attendees an opportunity to take in the sweet sounds of Abel, Burnside, Ford, Nolden and Jones and Idaho treasures Carl Holmes (The B3 Side), Lara Price (who now resides in California) and Sirah Storm. The show will open with music by the Love Abiding Christian Church Choir. In an article in the summer 2008 issue of Idaho Arts Quarterly, festival co-founder Andy Anderson said the choir will set the mood for the entire event. "We want people to understand the full history of the blues, and gospel is the real root of the blues ... People need to know where it all started," he said.

Aug. 16, gates at 11:30 a.m., $15 adv., $20 gate, children 9 and younger FREE. Optimist Park, Mountain Home. For more information, visit or e-mail