DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) The Wiregrass Blues festival certainly didn’t disappoint for the people on the lawn of the Wiregrass Museum of Art. People brought out lawn chairs, grabbed a drink and relaxed to the sound of artists like Tas Cru and his band of Tortured Souls.
The festival has been held since 2010 and has continued to grow since its inception. The goal was to get people to appreciate just how deep some blues music roots are in southern Alabama. Some rather famous songs have roots in the Wiregrass, such as “Hound Dog" written by Willie Mae “Big Momma” Thornton, who was born in Ariton in Dale County.
This year the festival honored two Pike County Pike County natives, Dan Pickett and Lenny Trawick.
The Wiregrass Blues Festival supports Wiregrass Blues Society's Blues in Schools initiative. The initiative teaches students about blues music and all the rich history in their backyard. Part of the money raised from the festival will also help get band instruments for seventh graders.