The #1 Largest Blues Harmonica Gathering

in the U.S.

May 14 - 17, 2020

Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of

Hill Country Harmonica

& 100 years of Black-owned land


Foxfire Ranch!

Bobby Rush

Photo by Hollie Creative Studios

About Hill Country Harmonica

Hill Country Harmonica (HCH) at Foxfire Ranch,  feels like a sapling. A seed planted a decade ago, that has fully emerged from the red clay of North Mississippi.  Now is the time to nurture it with goodness -- the goodness that comes from beloved community, the goodness that comes from honoring  our roots while walking towards a bigger vision. This 10th anniversary of HCH is an invitation to deep learning and the exploration of ease, play, fellowship and expression - all while nestled in the spirit of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. 


Since its inception Hill Country Harmonica has been committed to showcasing African-American musicians and authentic cultural expression unique to the Deep South. This year we are honored to partner with Phil Wiggins - an outstanding musician, teacher and storyteller - as we envision the next decade of Hill Country Harmonica. 


On May 14 -17, 2020 you can expect four days of lovingly curated harmonica instruction, and deep grounding in blues history and storytelling from Phil Wiggins, Wallace Coleman, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Aki Kumar, Andrew Alli, Damion “Yella P” Pearson, Andrea Van Allen, Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band. And I promise there are more surprises to come. The weekend will provide spaciousness for you to teach, jam and learn from one another; to eat food that feeds your soul from Ms. Annie’s kitchen; and to explore and enjoy the land.  


This anniversary feels particularly special as the Hollowell family continues our celebration of 100 years of black land ownership, while envisioning Foxfire’s  commitment to culture and community for the next century. We thank you! We thank HCH founders Adam Gussow and Jeff Silverman for their blood, sweat and vision - for planting the seeds and handing over the reigns. And we are deeply grateful to all of the hundreds of people who have participated, instructed, sponsored and supported this gathering since its inception - we look forward to welcoming you home.


See you in May!

Annette Hollowell

Annette + Ida, Hill Country Harmonica 2019



Why We Gather Together and What To Expect

Deep Learning. 

Every day you will experience engaging instructional sessions and blues storytelling - because we believe our stories change the world. 

Nightly Celebrations. 

A mini- music festival every evening featuring the instructors, and participant jam sessions backed by a carefully curated house band. These shows are magic, and we guarantee that!

Everyone is a Teacher.

This year we’re going to give the schedule more spaciousness. You’ll get to sit at the feet of these harp masters and musicians, while also having ample time to sit with your fellow attendees to teach, learn and build community - after all this is a reunion for all of us!

More History and Cultural Activities.

We’ve heard your requests and are adding in elements to help ground into the rich culture of the North Mississippi Hill Country. So stay tuned for more information on how we plan to stretch your minds and bodies. 

Intergenerational Learning.

Our instructors run the gamut from harmonica and blues elders to the vanguard of the next generation of harpsuckers. 

Arrival and Departure.

For your planning purposes, you'll want to arrive at Foxfire Ranch by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 14th to kick-off the weekend. We'll conclude our time together on Sunday, May 17th by 5:00 pm. 

The full schedule for the weekend will be published soon, so please register and/or subscribe to Hill Country Harmonica for regular updates. 



Early Bird Registration 

$350 before April 15, 2020

Includes access to 4-days of harmonica instruction & blues storytelling, nightly concerts, and a 10th-anniversary HCH teeshirt and poster.

Late Registration

$420 after April 15, 2020

Includes access to 4-days of harmonica instruction & blues storytelling, nightly concerts, and a 10th-anniversary HCH teeshirt and poster.

Harpsucker VIP Package 

$555 before April 15, 2020

Includes 4-days of harmonica instruction & blues storytelling, nightly concerts, a 10th-anniversary HCH teeshirt and poster, and Ms. Annie’s Soul Food package - consisting of 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners. If you plan on registering before April 15th and trying to do some good eating, this is the package for you!

Non-Harmonica Playing Guests 


Harmonica Playing Youth

Guests ages 15 and under are FREE when accompanied by a full-priced attendee.


Find the ideal option to stay cool, comfortable and rest-filled during your weekend at Foxfire. Whether it's Ida's Cabin or outdoor camping with the elements, we're sure you'll discover a suitable place to rest your hat for awhile.

- Annette