Cornell West once described our world as being soaked in blues: “a planet where catastrophe and celebration, joy and pain sit side by side.” With every chord of desperation, there is a touch of hope and harmony mixed with jazz, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll. Thus it’s probably why blues’ influences are noted by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan to the Stones, as well as every other performer at this weekend’s annual Cape Fear Blues Festival. Among them is the Jimi King Trio” - SHANNON RAE GENTRY