21st Sunflower Blues Fest
August 8-10, 2008
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The Early Wright Blues Heritage Award
award honors "The Soul Man" of WROX radio who became
Mississippi's first African American DJ in 1947. The Award has been presented
each year since 1991 to non-musicians judged to "preserve, promote, and
perpetuate blues in the Mississippi Delta". The 2008 winner was Steve
Ladd for his years of service as MC for the Sunflower Festival. Steve had
emergency surgery in July-2008 and died on July 20, 2008 in Memphis. The
award was accepted on Steve's behalf by his son, Steve Ladd, Jr. For history of
the Award and prior winners click here.
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