18th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

Saturday May 21, 2011

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This event is held each year to bring great music and musicians to the rural South, as well as pay tribute to country blues legend McTell, a Thomson native son, born and buried in the Happy Valley area of McDuffie County. The small town feel and exceptional quality of the music presented year in and year out, makes the McTell Festival a special event indeed. Annually, the organizers strive to feature artists who offer the best in American music, focusing on the styles of Americana, folk, gospel, rock, blues and all its variations….players that our smaller market can support; music played by folks at the top of their game. Again, that’s what will be presented in Thomson, Georgia on 2011.

This year’s stellar roster features headliner and closing act Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and includes Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, Jimmy Hall & the Prisoners of Love featuring Jack Pearson, the Georgia Horns featuring Chris Crenshaw and Marcus Printup, Jack Pearson, Atlanta's Mark Miller & Travelin Shoes, and Crosstie Walkers. 

The Festival site is one mile north of Interstate 20 at Thomson, Ga., Exit 172. Watch for signs.

  • From Atlanta, Exit 172 is two hours east on I-20. Take a left off of the exit ramp.
  • From Augusta, Exit 172 is a half hour west on I-20. Take a right off of the exit ramp.
  • From Athens, the festival site is 60 miles south on 78/17.


Arts & Culture, Festivals, Music, Performing Arts


At 12:00pm - 9:00pm


  • Thomson, GA


(706) 541-9828


Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

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