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Bobby Rush headlines RRF

Long-time rhythm and blues man Bobby Rush will headline the fourth annual Rockin’ Railroad Festival presented by the Hazlehurst Area Chamber of Commerce this coming Saturday, September 29.  Along with Rush, four other local favorites will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening.
Kicking off the entertainment at 1:00 p.m will be the Copiah Ministerial Alliance Gospel Choir.  Next up at 2:00 is By Faith, followed by the Sojourners of Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 3:00.  The Harmony Rockets will take the stage for approximately two hours, beginning at 4:00.  Then, Rush takes over  and closes out the show starting at approximately 6:00.
Rush, who is from Homer, LA, became a blues legend early in his career with a signature sound he calls “Folk Funk”.
While initially a Chicago blues singer, he eventually broke through with his funkified, soul/blues with risqué subject matter. In 1971, he scored a #34 R & B hit with “Chicken Heads” and soon followed that up with regional hits on Jewel Records like “It’s Alright”, “Bow-Legged Woman, Knock Kneed Man” & “She’s A Good’un”. Bobby began crafting a unique style that incorporated blues, funk and folk. From Jewel, he went to Warner Brothers then to Philadelphia International Records. By 1982, Rush had signed with LaJam Records out of Jackson, Mississippi, where he released five albums, one of which was the phenomenally successful hit Sue, and became a major attraction in the South
But it was in 1995 that Bobby found a home at Malaco’s Waldoxy label. At Waldoxy, he released One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show which was nominated for two W. C. Handy Awards. The Living Blues Critics’ Poll named him the year’s Best Live Performer in 1995. In 1996 and 1997, he captured the Real Blues Magazine Award as The Best Soul/R & B Live Performer.
After leaving Waldoxy, 2003 was a pivotal year for Rush as he was prominently featured in Richard Pearce’s documentary film “The Road To Memphis,” broadcast on PBS as part of Martin Scorsese’s film series “The Blues” and also saw the launch of his Deep Rush record label. He’s released three excellent albums to date on the label. (Source: http://www.soulbluesmusic.com/bobbyrush.htm.)
For more information, contact the Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce at 601-894-3752.  Festival information can also be found online at www.hazlechamber.com and at www.copiahmonitor.com.

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