Director of Former King Biscuit Blues Festival Quits One Month Before the Show

SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 11:23 a.m. CDT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR - The head of the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival has quit, one month before the annual gathering in the Mississippi River town, saying he has irreconcilable differences with the festival's operators.

Wayne Andrews says he couldn't convince the Sonny Boy Blues Society board to consider the festival a business rather than just an event.

Andrews says his goal was to make the show self-sufficient.

This year's festival is October 5-7.

Andrews says everything is set for this year and his departure will not impact the event, which typically draws 80,000 visitors.

For years, the event was known as the King Biscuit Blues Festival, but organizers were legally forced to change the name recently when a New York entertainment company bought the rights to the King Biscuit moniker.

The festival is generally considered the world's largest free blues festival.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)