I had lunch yesterday with Doug Beatty, festival organizer for “Racks By The Tracks” – a music/barbecue and micro-brew festival now in it’s second year in Downtown Kingsport earlier today.

It was thrilling to hear him announce (PollStar confirms) legendary blues piano-man Pinetop Perkins will be performing as the headliner this year for the ultra-cool festival held outdoors on the ground of the old train station.

pinetop2 As the history of blues legends continues to be written, Pinetop Perkins has plenty of space devoted to his influence. The original side man to Muddy Waters, Pinetop is a 2007 Grammy Award winner and is still traveling the country at the age of 95.

This will be a memorable afternoon to remember as Kingsport welcomes a true-blue legend and I can’t wait to say I listened to Pinetop Perkins downtown. Can’t wait to hear, “Got My Mojo Workin’,” “Caldonia,” “Pinetop Boogie” and other blues standards. This will be the excellent way to kick off what will be an incredible year of live music in our East Tennessee home.