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Blues From the Top Festival @ Rendezvous Event Center, Saturday & Sunday, June 29-30, gates open at 10 a.m., Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park, 78821 U.S. Hwy. 40, Winter Park, full schedule and tickets at grandblues.org/bluesfromthetop

To be a blues artist today, you don’t necessarily have to actually play the blues. Lucinda Williams, for instance, has earned Grammy Awards for Best Country Song, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, but has never been nominated in any of the blues categories.

Which is not to suggest that she hasn’t
had the blues; rightfully acclaimed albums like Car Wheels on a Gravel Road can be as depressing as they are brilliant. And she did include three Robert Johnson covers on her 1979 debut album, so there’s that. But even if Blues From the Top gave Williams top billing due to name recognition, the lion’s share of this year’s lineup — which includes Samantha Fish, the Allman Betts Band, Kate Moss (not that one) and Tinsley Ellis — fits neatly into the blues-rock category, which is close enough.

Now in its 17th year, the two-day festival also will feature an array of artisan food, craft and clothing vendors.

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