They’re from Mississippi, and they’ve played the Blues Rules Crissier Festival:
– Blues Mother Tupelo (2010)
– Kenny Brown (2011 & 2015)
– Reverend John Wilkins (2012)
– Sharde Thomas & the Rising Star fife and drum band (2012)
– Adam Gussow (2012)
– Robert Belfour (2013)
– Lightnin’ Malcolm (2013)
– Leo Bud Welch (2014 & 2016)
– Kent Burnside (2014)
– Eric Deaton (2015)
– Little Joe Ayers (2015)
– Bill Abel (2015)
– Alvin Youngblood Hart (2015)
– Cedric Burnside & Trenton Ayers (2016)
– Robert Kimbrough Sr. (2017)
– Cameron Kimbrough (2017)
– Ms. Nickki (2017)
– Mark Muleman Massey (2017)
and more from the South:
– Red Mouth (2010)
– Scissormen (2010 & 2011)
– Shake it Like a Caveman (2010)
– Wes Mackey (2010, 2011, 2014)
– Ian Thomas (2010)
– Joe Troop (2011)
– Reverend Deadeye (2011 & 2016)
– Bob Log III (2011)
– Possessed by Paul James (2012)
– Rev. KM Williams (2016)
– Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band (2017)
The concept for the Blues Rules Crissier Festival was form at the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in 2008 when Festival Coordinator Vincent Delsupexhe attended the Picnic and wanted to take the Picnic feel back to Europe. Blues Rules was worked diligently to promote the North Mississippi Hill Country blues through its festival and continued to coordinate with the North MS Hill Country Picnic festival coordinators to bring traditional hill country performs to his festival.
– Sara & Kenny Brown
Vincent & the Blues Rules are cultivating a beautiful path for music to cross the Atlantic. The Mississippi musical vibration captivates and informs both the unsuspected and already passionate listeners.
Vincent and the festival select performers which embrace the emotion and style of the genere from Past, Present, and Future.
Vincent and I first met at the Hill Country Picnic in Holly Springs, Mississippi a few years back. He was there researching, exploring, documenting and loving the Mississippi blues. Since then, I have proudly been a performer on the First Edition of The Blues Rules Festival… Vincent and I have had some great times exchanging stories, sounds, instruments & great food! I consider him to be a life long friend and fellow lover of the music which brought us together…
– Blake Burris / Shake it like a Caveman One Man Band
Blues Rules and Crissier, with its welcoming and supportive local government and merchant base, and wonderful community volunteers, has wholeheartedly embraced the music that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and Hill County and waves the flag for it 365 days a year — not just during the annual weekend long festival.
The festival has been a source of income, support and a European springboard for a wealth of artists from Mississippi as well as artists influenced by the sound and spirit of the great music from the Magnolia State — including me and my internationally touring band Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen. Mississippi blues performers at Blues Rules have included Kenny Brown, Kent Burnside, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Blue Mother Tupelo, Robert Belfour and Bud Welch, among others. The festival’s slogan is “where the Mississippi meets the Leman Lake,” referring to the large body of water in nearby Geneva.
When it comes to Mississippi blues, Crissier and Blues Rules are among the few literally putting their money where their mouths are in a meaningful way. People come to Blues Rules from all across Europe and leave having a better understanding of the music that emerged from the land where the blues began.
– Ted Drozdowski – Scissormen