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Eddie Cusic, Leland native, has performed traditional blues for over sixty years. He recruited a young "Little Milton" in his band in the early 50's. Eddie is the elder statesman of Leland's bluesmen and a crowd favorite all over the United States at festivals and colleges. Blues tour groups from all over the world come to see Eddie and his hometown and get a taste of what Delta life is all about.

Eddie Cusic
T-Model Ford
T-Model Ford calls Greenville, MS home when he's not out touring as a nationally acclaimed Fat Possum artists. A self-proclaimed "Bad Man", T-Model has lived the blues all his life. T-Model is a dynamo onstage delivering his driving, hill style blues smiling to the very end. Come on out for "The Tail-dragger" this year at The Highway 61 Blues Festival.
Cadillac John Nolden and Bill Abel
Cadillac John Nolden was raised in Sunflower, MS and cut his teeth on gospel music with the likes of B.B. King. John performs early delta blues, which is rarely heard even in the delta area. Bill Abel was born and raised in Belzoni, MS and learned his style from blues musicians he has known all his life, most notably Paul "Wine" Jones. Together Cadillac John and Bill Able present an authentic delta blues experience, a rare opportunity for the blues enthusiast.

Eden Brent
hails from Greenville, Mississippi and was for many years the sidekick for Boogaloo Ames. A fine performer in her own right, her gutsy vocals combine perfectly with her jazz/blues piano style for some unique entertainment. Eden was this year's winner of the solo/duo category of the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis.
Eden Brent
John Horton

John Horton is an institution in the blues clubs and festivals in this area. A heavy equipment operator by day and a bluesman by night, John serves it up hot whatever the time of day. His jovial manner and his soulful guitar solos make him a crowd favorite. "Sometimes it just bees that away".

Harry "Bub" Branton is one of our lesser known guitar treasures and he also lent his artistic talents toward the painting of the Blues Highway mural. Bub's likeness also appears in the mural. Say you like slide guitar? Look no further than this guy right here, he's got "the touch"! Bub is a farmer as well as a civic leader and is the newly elected President of the Leland Chamber and MainStreet organization. That aside, Bub's main love is his music and you'll know that the instant you hear him play.

Harry "Bub" Branton
Duff Dorrough
Duff Dorrough is an artist and a musician of importance. He was one of the founding members of the R&B band, The Tangents, that were well known in Mississippi. Despite the accolades bestowed on him by musical icons,Widespread Panic, Jim Dickinson and The Kudzu Kings, Duff remains ever humble and maybe even a little amused.

Mickey Rogers
has been a bluesman for a long time. He's played guitar for Bobby Rush and was the driving force behind Willie Foster's band, The Rhythm Upsetters. Hearing Mickey play is hearing the real blues straight from the source. Since Mickey retired from the "Chitlin' Circuit", he's been a regular in the clubs in the delta area.

Mickey Rogers
Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas
started playing while his father, the legendary James "Son" Thomas, was here to teach him. Pat plays all his father's songs and sounds remarkably like his dad. If you see a guy with a really big grin, you'll know you've found Pat. Pat represented The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, MS in this year's International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN.