Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 8, 2013

Performers named for Diamond Teeth Mary Blues fest


The Independent

HUNTINGTON — Bob McCraw, John Taylor and Larry Whitt are part of the lineup of artists who will perform at the fourth annual Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Art Festival, scheduled for Aug. 24 at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.

Other performers, all drawn from the area, are 1937 Flood, Big Rock and the Candy Ass Mountain Boys, C & S Railroad and Mojo Bones. Headlining the show will be Liz and Doc and Blues Jam by The West Virginia Blues Wrecking Crew.

The Diamond Teeth Mary Blues & Art Festival honors the legendary “Queen of Blues” Mary McClain, whose roots were in Huntington. Upon her death, McClain’s ashes were scattered at Heritage Station, at her request. This was where she hopped her first train in 1915 to leave her home and follow her dream.

The free festival also includes a youth art competition. Young area artists are invited to create a two- or three- dimensional piece of art and submit their work for judging. Cash and prizes will be awarded. The theme for this year’s art competition is “Blues History.”

For more information, call the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District at (304) 696-5954 or visit ghprd.org.