Tent stage - Friday 6:30 p.m.
Earnest Roy, Jr. was born on September 25th, 1958 in Clarksdale, Mississippi under the watchful eye of his father, guitarist Earnest Roy, Sr., who worked with Jackie Brinston, Ike Turner, John Lee Hooker, Wade Walton, Raymond Hill and many of the other Clarksdale bluesmen. Earnest's father taught him bass guitar at five, and when Earnest turned eight, he began playing in his father's band, Earnest Roy and the Clarksdale Rockers, whose members included Big Jack Johnson. At age eleven, Earnest Jr. began playing lead guitar, and he formed his first band at 14, which led to his being regular performer on Soul Train.
By 1989, Jim O'Neal of Rooster Blues Records had signed Earnest "Guitar" Roy to the label and released a single called "Too Many Women And I Wanna Know What My Little Girl's Been Doing." The song was written in a San Diego hotel room while Earnest was touring and playing backup guitar for Albert King. Earnest's other credits include playing drums on Big Jack Johnson's first album Oil Man, and playing lead guitar and drums on Frank Frost's Midnight Prowler album.
From 1993 to 2001, Earnest played for the international televangelist and pastor Rod Parsley, whose ministry aired on 320 nations around the world. In 2001, Earnest "Guitar" Roy returned to his blues roots when he began touring and appearing at blues and jazz festivals with Sam Carr. Earnest's most recent CD is Going Down to Clarksdale from 2011.