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The 5th annual USC LIterary Upstate Festival, founded by James Kibler and Randall Ivey, will be held in Union on Friday and Saturday.- The festivities will include music provided by Fayssoux Starling McLean, Brandon Turner, Freddie Vanderford on Friday at 3:00. James Applewhite, distinguished poet and professor at Duke University, will receive the third "Singing Billy Walker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Letters" at the festival.
“Freddie Vanderford is one of the hardest working blues men in South Carolina, maybe in the whole world. He channels the very spirit of the great Piedmont blues men like Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson with great vocals and red hot harmonica. I have been listening to and watching Freddie for many a year, and this is the finest record he has ever released. Great classic blues like “She Can Cook Good Sallett,” accompanied on acoustic guitar by long time side man Brandon Turner, and the hopin' “Greasy Greens.” This time out, Vanderford expands his boundaries and delivers the goods on some good ol' country songs like Johnny Cash’s “Delia’s Gone” and “I Still Miss Someone,” and Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues.” Of course, Freddie also covers Robert Johnson and turns in at least one tune he penned himself, an excellent one called “Trouble Come Knockin.” Good Piedmont blues with some of the hottest harp blowing this side of John Popper, or shou”