Back in 1993, Franni Howe-Southern, a woman who had dedicated the past decade or so to promoting local roots music, decided to have a little party. She got a few bands to come to her back yard, threw down some barbecue, and 50 people showed up. Each year, more and more people came to Franni's back yard for the blues and roots festival. By the time of the sixth-annual soiree, a thousand people crammed their way into the back yard.... More >>>