One of the large attractions to the annual Tallahatchie Riverfest is the excellent line up of musicians throughout the weekend, topped off by a nationally known headliner on Saturday night.

Friday Night

  • Paul Tate Electric Trio
  • Paul Rainey Band
  • The Eisenhauer Band with Bobby Rush

Saturday Night

  • Mississippi Stomp
  • Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
  • Kevin Sekhani
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

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Tallahatchie Riverfest - MUSIC

All shows start at dusk.

Music Headliners

Friday Night

6:30 - 7:15

Paul Tate Electric Trio

7:30 - 8:30

Paul Rainey Band

9:00 - 10:30

The Eisenhauer Band with Bobby Rush

Saturday Night

5 - 6:15

Mississippi Stomp

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Twenty years in the making, Mississippi Stomp is a band of eight Mississippians who want to spread the music from the place where America's music started: Mississippi, the birthplace of America's music. Their sound can be called an amalgam of Mississippi music with influences from all regions of the state, such as the Piney Woods and the Flatlands, the Hill Country and the Muddy Waters, the Appalachian Foothills, the Black Prairie and the Coast. These small places of hard work in the smoldering heat of summer and fall harvest have spawned music made legendary. Many of these greats in conjunction with a mishmash of the band's own musical family heritages influence the writing, music, and sound of the band, Mississippi Stomp. Kick back, relax and listen to the music of Mississippi!

6:30 - 7:30

Rising Star Fife & Drum Band

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Fife and drum music may not be what most people think of when they think of Mississippi blues, but until recently it was the soundtrack of rural life in the state, especially in the "hill country" region.

Prior to what many consider traditional Blues music became popular, field hands socialized to the sound of the cane-carved fife leading a troop of drummers at family gatherings and "picnics" which went on late into the night. Fife and drum music arrived in America's deep south with military marching bands as early as the 17th Century, and was adopted into the blues traditions of the black slaves.

But the music has slowly disappeared. The legendary Othar Tuner, a traditionalist in every sense of the word, kept the tradition alive during his lifetime and passed the style to his granddaughter, Sharde Thomas, who is thought to be the last of the region's fife players. Othar's work was made most famous for its inclusion in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" soundtrack. Sharde has since travelled the world with the music, collaborating with notable musicians and even performing with blues legend, Eric Clapton.

7:45 - 8:45

Kevin Sekhani

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As a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani has done it all. From blazing rock-n-roll to Holy Ghost Honkytonk, for years Sekhani has entertained crowds with heartfelt enthusiasm and poignant lyrics. In Austin, Sekhani spent his time working with Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin), Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), and Austin Chronicle's three-time String Player of the Year winner Warren Hood. In 2010, Sekhani moved back to his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana to front The Mercy Brothers, a Gospel group walking the fine line of sinners and saints. Since the prodigal son's return home, he has won over the hearts of Jazz Fest and Festival International audiences, landed a top 5 spot on the Americana charts in Europe with The Mercy Brothers debut release, toured Sweden, and signed his Gospel group to Louisiana Red Hot Records.

Kevin Sekhani's veracious songwriting extends beyond Gospel into secular territory with his new solo album "Day Ain't Done" released on Louisiana Red Hot Records early 2015. No Depression praises the album saying, "With a voice slightly reminiscent of a young Steve Earle, solid songwriting, and musicians that include a member of Son Volt and veterans of the backing bands of Patty Griffin and John Mellencamp, Kevin Sekhani's Day Ain't Done is one of the best debut albums I have heard in years". Day Ain't Done is layered with Americana staple instrumentation, taking the earthy tones of violin, mandolin, accordion and acoustic guitars to give the feel of a back porch jam on a Louisiana Saturday night.

9 - 10:15

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

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Ricky Skaggs was born on July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky, and received his first mandolin at the age of five after his father, Hobert, heard him harmonizing with his mother from across the house as he played with his toys. Two weeks after teaching him the G, C and D chords, Hobert returned from working out of town shocked to see his young son making chord changes and singing along. He soon earned a reputation among the locals in his community. When the legendary Bill Monroe came to Martha, Kentucky for a performance, the crowd wouldn't let up until "Little Ricky Skaggs" got up to play. The father of bluegrass called six-year-old Skaggs up and placed his own mandolin around his neck, adjusting the strap to fit his small frame. No one could have imagined what a defining moment that would be in the life of the young prodigy. By age seven, Skaggs performed with bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show, for which he earned his first paycheck for a musical performance.

Skaggs' first all-live album with Kentucky Thunder, Live at the Charleston Music Hall (2003), led to an IBMA Award for Instrumental Group of the Year - an award Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder has taken home 8 times in the last decade. The decision to record a live album was an obvious one for Skaggs. From a string of high-profile tour dates with the Dixie Chicks in 2000, to his position as host of the unprecedented "All*Star Bluegrass Celebration" which aired nationwide on PBS in 2002, to his participation in the wildly successful 41-city 'Down from the Mountain' tour - Ricky has become one of bluegrass' most dynamic and sought-after live performers. He counts the current configuration of Kentucky Thunder among the best group of musicians he has ever worked with. "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win." The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Paul Brewster (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar), Eddie Faris (baritone vocals, rhythm guitar), Scott Mulvahill (bass, bass vocals), Russ Carson (banjo) and Jake Workman (lead guitar).