RiddleFest 2023 is October 21st, 7-9 PM at the
Burnsville Town Center
6 S. Main Street, Burnsville, NC

Georgia blues man Jontavious Willis will headline this year’s RiddleFest.

Every generation or so, a young bluesman bursts onto the scene and sends a jolt through the blues community. Jontavious Willis, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy nominee from Greenville, Georgia, delivers timeless music and dynamic vocals, and all types of blues: Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and Gospel. His standout fingerpicking, flat-picking, and slide prowess reflect the roots of country blues.

“Jontavious is a great new voice of the 21st century in the acoustic blues. I love the way he plays,” Taj Mahal, blues artist.

Openers include Sam McKinney with Rhonda Gouge and Keeping Time.

Riddlefest is sponsored by NC Humanities, Town of Burnsville, & Explore Burnsville.


RiddleFest is produced annually by Traditional Voices Group as a tribute to Lesley Riddle, an African-American musician from Yancey County NC, who had a great influence on the development of early country music through his association with A.P. Carter and the Carter Family.