This year’s installment takes place Monday, September 19th, and boasts a stellar line-up of Dickinson’s musical family, friends, and associates, from heavy-hitters like Dickinson sons Luther and Cody’s North Mississippi Allstars (pictured), Lucero, and Sid Selvidge (performing with Sons of Mudboy), to regional workhorses Jimbo Mathus and Shannon McNally, and including a special appearance by Chapel Hill roots-punk icon Mojo Nixon. The jam-packed show will be free to the public and is scheduled to get started at 6:30 p.m.
Taking place two days earlier and in conjunction with the festival will be a conversation with Dickinson’s widow, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, at the Brooks Museum, entitled “The Search for Blind Lemon: Words, Music, Photos, and Films from Jim Dickinson’s Memoirs.” In her hour-long presentation, Mrs. Dickinson will show and discuss artifacts from her late husband’s career and discuss his enduring legacy. This event is free as well and takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th, in the Brooks’ Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium. -- J.D. Reager