Laurel native is making a splash as a genre-blending bluesman

July 28, 2022

Ra’ Shad the Blues Kid is building an impressive career from his home town of Laurel, Mississippi. His blending of southern soul, Delta blues, and country has captured the attention (and adoration) of fans here in Mississippi and around the world.

In May, he was featured in a 6-page spread in Living Blues magazine which covered his upbringing in Laurel where his parents and church family instilled in him a love of music, his varied musical influences which include BB King and Bobby Bland and Los Lonely Boys and Toby Keith, and the development of his career which has so far produced several singles, multiple albums and music videos, and tours that have taken him and his band across the United States and Europe. (See for more.)

Additionally, Ra’Shad a featured artist on the Mississippi Arts Council’s artist roster which promotes the work and careers of Mississippi-based artists. (

Ra’Shad’s music and videos can be found on his YouTube channel, Ra’Shad the Blues Kid ( and you can connect with him on Facebook.

He will be performing live tomorrow night at 320fifthstreet in downtown Laurel. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to Ra’Shad on his many accomplishments! We will be listening for more!

The City of Laurel, established as a lumber town in 1882, is conveniently situated approximately two hours from larger destination cities such as Jackson, Biloxi, New Orleans, and Mobile. In recent years, the city has become a destination all its own thanks, in part, to its starring role in HGTV’s popular “Hometown” series. As Laurel, and interest in it, continues to grow, we are committed to providing the resources necessary to help all of our residents and businesses reach their full potential.
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