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Ocean Springs Live 2 will feature Jimmy Hall and Muscle Shoals' finest

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 Members of Wet Willie are, from left, Jack Hall, Jimmy Hall, Donna Hall, Ric Seymour, T.K. Lively, Bobby Mobley and Ricky Chancey.
SUN HERALD/FILE Members of Wet Willie are, from left, Jack Hall, Jimmy Hall, Donna Hall, Ric Seymour, T.K. Lively, Bobby Mobley and Ricky Chancey.

Blackwater Brass, a 10-piece band, performs at The Greenhouse on Porter Avenue in Ocean Springs.

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Wet Willie front man Jimmy Hall will join some of Muscle Shoals' finest for the second installment of Ocean Springs Live.

The band Muscle Shoals Revisited, featuring Hall and his sister Donna Hall Foster, also of Wet Willie, will get started at 5 p.m. July 2 in Rosetti Park downtown.

Hall is the founding member of Wet Willie, a Gulf Coast/Mobile Southern rock band. Directing the Muscle Shoals Revisited band will be Jimmie Johnson, an original member of the famed Swampers. The Swampers or Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section are one of the most celebrated session bands in modern music. They played on hits by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Paul Simon ("Kodachrome").

Other members of the Swampers include bassist David Hood, whose son Patterson Hood is a founding member of the Drive By Truckers, and drummer Roger Hawkins.

"Jimmy is going to sing all of the famous Muscle Shoals songs that people love so much," said Daron Harris, OSL public relations director. "And the great Jimmy Johnson will also be participating."

Johnson was one of the Swampers featured in the 2013 documentary "Muscle Shoals." He engineered three tracks on the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers" album, including "Wild Horses."

The band also features guitarist Kelvin Holley, Milton Sledge on drums and bassist Jamie McFarland.

Local funk-brass band Blackwater Brass will be opening the show.

Ocean Springs live is a free concert.

"It is our hope that Ocean Springs Live will bring a larger new audience to downtown early for a free show, and that people will continue their night out downtown, visiting and exploring the variety of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs," OSL director Vicki Applewhite said. "In Ocean Springs, you can see high-quality live music performances up close and personal, and rarely with a cover charge. We want to give local businesses and artists support in attracting people who appreciate the music."

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