PHOTOS: Blues in the Natural State takes over Fayetteville

Blues in the Natural State gets bigger and better each year.

The 12th annual event expanded to a three-day festival across seven venues around Fayetteville last weekend.

The first performances of this year’s festival – an outdoor concert with Samantha Fish and Brick Fields and the Chosen Ones during Fayetteville’s First Thursday – was cancelled due to bad weather.

The rest of the event, however, went off without a hitch, and was highlighted by face-melting blues from Samantha Fish, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Lucious Spiller, Levee Town, Steve Pryor, The Cate Brothers and Tab Benoit.

Photographer Clayton Taylor captured some great images from several shows during the festival. Check them out below.

Samantha Fish

Isayah Warford

Jacque Garoutte of Levee Town

Johnny Smith and Bob Coleman of Downtown Livewires

RJ Mischo

Ernie Cate

Dave Renko of the Cate Brothers Band

Tab Benoit

Corey Duplechin of the Tab Benoit Band