Sunday, September 15 at 11 am (Main Stage)
Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm (Campground Sessions)
From the tiny town of Como, Mississippi, come the Como Mamas — Ester Mae Smith, Angelia Taylor, and Della Daniels — and they are bringing the good word with them. This is traditional gospel music just like they learned from the elders at the Mt. Moriah C.M.E. Church. Growing up in a place a bit less than a 50-mile drive from Memphis, they didn’t have much more than the radio, which brought them blues and R&B from that faraway music-mad city. They grew up listening to Elvis, Aretha and the best of Stax records. Blues runs in the family, too: Ester Mae and Della are cousins whose grandfather, Miles Pratcher, played guitar and hosted front porch jams with anyone who’d play, including blues legend Mississippi Fred McDowell. The Como Mamas, thanks to support from the Music Makers Relief Foundation, have put out a new record, Move Upstairs, on the Daptone label. It’s righteous and real, sung with uplifted voices driven by faith.