Roger Stolle (Clarksdale, MS)
Owner, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art and Cat Head Presents record label
Few people can claim to have had a bigger impact on the Delta blues scene in recent years than Roger Stolle. In addition to owning and operating his famed blues store Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Stolle has produced three universally praised CDs and a DVD on St. Louis bluesman Big George Brock. To date, those productions have netted four nominations for Blues Music Awards. Stolle also is a Blues Revue columnist, XM Radio correspondent, Ground Zero Blues Club music coordinator and artist manager for Big George Brock. He was one of the architects and founders of the famed Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale.
Jeff Konkel (St. Louis, MO)
Owner, Broke & Hungry Records
Broke & Hungry Records boss Jeff Konkel is the producer of four critically acclaimed CDs by veteran Mississippi blues artists. He received 2007 Producer of the Year recognition in the Living Blues Awards Critic’s Poll. His inaugural production, Back to Bentonia by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes was also recognized as the Best Debut and Best Traditional/Acoustic CD in the Living Blues Awards competition. Blues Revue Magazine recently noted that, "as record labels go, Broke & Hungry Records must be the discovery of 2007." In addition to his production work, Konkel is a veteran public relations practitioner, freelance music journalist and artist manager.
Damien Blaylock (Ridgeland, MS)
Damien Blaylock is an independent filmmaker, director, producer and photographer. His past projects include the documentary Hard Times, which charts the life and music of bluesman Big George Brock. Blaylock’s forthcoming projects involve actor/musician Steven Seagal and also include Super Chikan: Child of the Delta and Blind Faith, a documentary on blues sculptor Sharon McConnell.
Kari Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Kari Jones is an Atlanta-based economist with her own consulting business and plans to start a label to record and preserve blues while filming the "making of" M for Mississippi.
Joey Grisham (Chicago, IL)
Chicago-based artist and graphic designer Joey Grisham has provided cutting-edge design for a broad range of corporations. Fans of lowdown Mississippi blues will recognize his iconic covers for such CDs as Searching for Odell Harris by Odell Harris, Meet Me in the Cotton Field by Terry “Big T” Williams and Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson and Done Got Tired of Tryin’ by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.