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W. C. Handy Music Festival Headliner Acts


2016 UNA's "I'll Take You There"

2015 Booker T. without the MGs

2014 Candi Staton with Donnie Fritts & John Paul White

2013 Keb Mo

2012 The Blind Boys of Alabama

2011 Drive By Truckers with special guests The Decoys, Spooner Oldham, Donnie Fritts

2010 Mac McAnally

2009 John Amos

2008 Harlem Blues & Jazz Band with Roy Ayers

2007 Take 6

2006 Bonnie Bramlett & the Capricorn Rhythm Section with Henry Butler

2005 Ellis Marsalis

2004 Player’s Choice Recorded Live

2003 Clarence Carter

2002 Legends of Jazz

2001 Bobby Blue Bland

2000 Percy Sledge

1999 Little Milton

1998 Freddy Cole

1997 Hank Crawford & Jimmy McGriff

1996 The Great Guitars (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe)

1995 Phil Woods Quintet

1994 Dianne Reeves

1993 Billy Taylor Trio

1992 Diane Schuur

1991 Ramsey Lewis & the Reunion

1990 Jimmy Smith

1989 Ann Hampton Callaway

1988 Nancy Wilson

1987 Barney Kessel

1986 Cleveland Eaton Trio

1985 Carrie Smith

1984 Carrie Smith

1983 Roberta Flack & Manhattan Transfer

1982 Dizzy Gillespie & Harlem Copasetics


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