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The annual Helena, Arkansas, King Biscuit Blues Festival has long been one of the jewels of the region's blues preservation efforts.

This fall, parent organization Main Street Helena will hold its first festival since severing ties with Memphis-based King Biscuit Management earlier this year. Here's an early look at the lineup for this year's festival, which will be held October 4th through 6th.

2001 King Biscuit Blues Festival:

Thursday, October 4th

Main Stage

2:00 - 2:45 Bruce Page & The Blues Heavyweights

3:00 - 4:00 Johnny Moeller

4:15 - 5:20 Billy Lee Riley

5:45 - 6:50 The Rockin' Highliners

7:15 - 8:20 Janiva Magness

8:50 - 9:55 Larry McCray

10:25 - 11:40 Anson & The Rockets w/ Sam Myers

Friday, October 5th

Main Stage

Noon - 1:00 Eddie Cotton

1:20 - 2:20 Sam Carr w/ Fred James & Dave Riley

2:40 - 3:40 Guitar Shorty

4:00 - 5:10 Billy Branch & The SOBs

5:35 - 6:40 Pinetop Perkins w/ Rusty Zinn

7:10 - 8:20 Lou Pride

8:50 - 10:00 Brian Lee

10:30 - 11:45 Marcia Ball

Houston Stackhouse Acoustic Stage

Noon - 1:00 Richard Johnston

1:20 - 2:20 Karen Tyler & Valerie Johnson

2:40 - 3:40 Robert Jones

4:00 - 5:00 Jimmie Lee Robinson

Robert Lockwood Heritage Stage

5:30 - 6:30 Eb Davis

7:00 - 8:10 Sam Lay

8:40 - 9:50 Alvin Youngblood Hart

10:00 - 11:30 John Primer

Saturday, October 6th

Main Stage

Noon - 12:45 Larry Garner

1:00 - 2:00 Jimmy Johnson

3:45 - 5:00 Robert Lockwood Jr.

5:20 - 6:30 Levon Helm & The Barnburners

7:00 - 8:10 Snooks Eaglin

8:30 - 10:30 Special guests to be announced

10:45 - 11:55 Bobby Rush

Houston Stackhouse Acoustic Stage

Noon - 1 Otha Turner

1:20 - 2:20 Paul Geremia

2:40 - 3:40 Eddie Cusic

4:00 - 5:00 Paul Oscher

Robert Lockwood Heritage Stage

5:30 - 6:30 Abu Talib & Gary "Alaska" Sloan

7:00 - 8:10 Jody Williams

8:40 - 9:50 Wallace Coleman

10:20 - 11:30 John Weston

Gospel Stage (1:00 - 8:00)

Central High School Chorus

Apostolic Church Choir

Queen Elizabeth & Christian Harmonizers

Dixie Wonders

New Life Singers

Judge L.T. Simes Spiritual Seven

Shining Stars

Jordan Wonders

Bro. Cooks & Hughes Singers

Salem Harmonizers

Sons of Wonders

Spirit of Memphis

Fantastic Sounds

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