Summer Music Series: “Bluesman” McKinney Williams

Two Mississippi Museums | 222 North Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201

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Join the Mississippi Dept of Archives & History for a new music series at the Two Mississippi Museums! Dance your afternoon away on Sunday, May 16, at 1 p.m. with live music performed by “Bluesman” McKinney Williams featuring the original songs of juke joints and other illicit drinking establishments of the Prohibition-era highlighted in the Mississippi Distilled: Prohibition, Piety, and Politics special exhibit. Admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is free every Sunday. Face masks and social distancing guidelines are required.
“Bluesman” McKinney Williams is a local blues guitarist who hails from Holmes County. He was introduced to blues music at a young age and played the guitar in his father’s gospel band, the Williams Singers. Williams continued to play gospel years later in his own family band, Pop and Them Chillen, but soon returned to performing blues at popular clubs, venues, and festivals across the region. Known for his unique “cotton sack” blues style, Williams has received several honors for his music and has been featured in several blues publications.
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