Southern Traditions: Blues and Food


From Sonny Terry’s “Custard Pie Blues” to James Cotton’s “Digging My Potatoes,” the Blues and Southern food have always been deeply intertwined.


The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society celebrates the Blues at the Carolina Blues Festival every spring, but this year they are additionally celebrating the culinary and craft legacy of the Blues by supporting regional local food entrepreneurs and artisans– while also shining a light on food insecurity in our communities.


“There are several reasons why the Carolina Blues Festival is important,” says Atiba Berkley, President of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society. “It celebrates the wonderful legacy of the Black American music and culture we call the Blues, while promoting its future.” At this year’s 32nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, PBPS is introducing the Blues and Foods Market, wh