Roger Stolle (Clarksdale, MS)
Owner, Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art
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 also co-produced and co-directed the award-winning blues film M For Mississippi and its two accompanying CD soundtracks. The film received numerous awards including a Blues Music Award in 2009. Stolle also has produced three universally praised CDs and a DVD on St. Louis bluesman Big George Brock. Stolleís recently published book Hidden History of Mississippi Blues has earned raves from critics and readers alike. Stolle also is a Blues Revue columnist and XM Radio correspondent. 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
Over the past five years, no label has done more than Jeff Konkelís Broke & Hungry Records to promote the raw wild sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Konkel has produced eight critically acclaimed CDs on veteran Mississippi blues artists. He also co-produced and co-directed the award-winning blues film M For Mississippi and its two accompanying CD soundtracks. The film received numerous awards including a Blues Music Award in 2009. Konkel also received 2007 Producer of the Year recognition in the Living Blues Awards Criticís Poll. 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 award-winning blues film M For Mississippi and the documentary Hard Times, which charts the life and music of bluesman Big George Brock. Blaylockís 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.
Bill Abel (Duncan, MS)
Mississippi native Bill Abel is an accomplished musician, painter and sculptor. In addition, he is a highly regarded audio engineer who has recorded and mixed more than a dozen critically acclaimed CDs on Mississippi blues artists. Abel served as both audio engineer and a featured musician in the award-winning blues film M For Mississippi. Abel has issued two solo CDs of his music and another in a duo with veteran harmonica player Cadillac John Nolden. In addition, Abel has served as a sideman on CDs by such artists as Big George Brock, T-Model Ford, Odell Harris and the Mississippi Marvel.
Lou Bopp (New York, NY/St. Louis, MO)
Videographer & Photographer
Lou Bopp is an award-winning commercial location photographer. Heís traveled the world on assignment for clients such as Time Warner, Deutsche Bank, McCann-Erickson, Amex, Sports Illustrated, Y&R and many more. His subjects range from celebrities to CEOs, musicians to technicians. He once shot on three continents on a single day. In recent years, Bopp has photographed a majority of the most significant living blues musicians in Mississippi. Many of his recent blues photos can be found in the book Hidden History of Mississippi Blues.