Led by Sharde Thomas on the fife, The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band performs “Shimmy She Wobble” with Ricky Davis of Blue Mother Tupelo on guitar, Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Hill Country Review on drums, and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and the Black Crowes on bass.
This song was recorded at the 5th annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, a two-day event which takes place in Potts Camp, MS. The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic is hosted by Kenny Brown who played guitar with the late blues legend, RL Burnside.
The event is patterned after an annual event held for decades by the late Otha Turner of Gravel Springs, MS who is Sharde Thomas’ grandfather. Ms. Thomas learned to play the fife from Mr. Turner. The Otha Turner family picnic (sometimes called the Goat Roast because goat sandwiches are served) is still held in Gravel Springs, MS each year on the last weekend in August.
More about Otha Turner: www.othaturner.com
More about the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic: www.nmshillcountrypicnic.com
A review of the 2010 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic can be found here www.ameriblues.com