Bluesman L.C. Ulmer was recently named the 2009 Blues Artist of the Year by the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola.
Janet Webb, past president of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, said it was an honor to bestow the award on Ulmer.
Ulmer began playing guitar at nine years old and played with his family and other local musicians on the family’s porch.
The Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola was formed in November 2003 by a group of blues enthusiasts after the decision was made to build the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center in the small Delta town.
“We knew people were working on a B.B. King Museum and the Governor had formed the Mississippi Blues Commission,” Webb said. Holifield’s son, Chase, has toured with Ulmer and competed alongside of him at the 2008 and 2009 International Blues Challenge after winning the Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge.
Jay Holifield said he met Ulmer through the elder statesman giving his son music lessons.
Jay Holifield said he plays “very little” blues, describing himself as just a fan.
Chase Holifield praised Ulmer, who began teaching him the blues at the age of 14. Holifield, now 19, has shared the stage with his mentor nearly everywhere Ulmer goes.
Chase Holifield said it is a unique experience every time he plays with Ulmer, as a song is never played the same way twice.