The Greenwood Blues Cruise for the 13th annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood in July could get even bigger. The 2013 Blues Cruise lineup features 18 acts with more to be added.
Already the biggest lineup in the history of the Blues Cruise, there is a chance more performers could be added, according to Greenwood city manager Charlie Barrineau.
"Every year we say this: It gets better every year," Barrineau said. "I'm just shocked at how long it took me to scroll down the page to see how many musicians we had booked."
This year's Blue Cruise lineup, once again sponsored by the Index-Journal, brings some of South Carolina's best known blues musicians to Greenwood along with others who are nationally known.
"We are excited to again be associated with the Blues Cruise," Index-Journal president and publisher Judith M. Burns said. "The festival and musical lineup has expanded over the years and clearly is a a wonderfully successful event right in the heart of Greenwood. Sponsoring the Blues Cruise is a perfect match for us."
The Blues Cruise lineup is South Carolina's Mac Arnold and Plate Full o' Blues, Virginia's Luckyman Beall, Alabama's John Bull and Sheffield Walker, Philadelphia's Deb Callahan Band, Florida's Albert Castiglia, Ohio's Travis "Moonchild" Haddix, South Carolina's The Hartner and Charles Project, Washington D.C.'s Bill Heid, South Carolina's The Hollerers, South Carolina's Wanda Johnson, North Carolina's The King Bees, Indiana's Biscuit Miller and the Mix, Maryland's Andy Poxon Band, Detroit's R.J. Spangler's Blue Four with Cee Cee Collins, New York's Gail Storm, South Carolina's Pam Taylor Band, North Carolina's Matt Walsh and Mookie Brill, and South Carolina's Shrimp City Slim, aka Gary Erwin, who is also artistic coordinator for the event.

"It's just phenomenal," Barrineau said.
"Year in and year out, Gary Erwin has come through with incredible talent to showcase in Uptown Greenwood during the Blues Cruise," Index-Journal executive editor Richard Whiting said. "This, the 13th year, is no different, and the Index-Journal couldn't be happier to be a part of it. It's great to see some returning artists, such as Luckyman Beall and The King Bees, and as always, we're thrilled to know the sultry sound of Miss Wanda's (Johnson) voice will return."
The South Carolina Festival of Discovery is July 11-13 in Uptown Greenwood is a celebration of barbecue and blues. Greenwood City Council voted Monday night to approve closing a portion of Main Street for the celebration. Now, the City has to work with the South Carolina Department of Transportation on details.
Jon Holloway's Sundance Gallery on Maxwell Avenue in Uptown Greenwood is again one of the stops. Other places on the Blue Cruise are Howard's on Main, T.W. Boons, Mill House, Buffalo Grill, Polo's and Uptown Sushi.
There will also be performances under the CenturyLink tent.
"We're very excited about that. Jon has been a great partner with us, and he was able to work out the financials to make it work. It's an awesome venue to have live blues," Barrineau said.
The reason more performers could be added is because Uptown Greenwood could be getting another restaurant, which could be used as another venue.
"We're working with one more restaurant that is hopeful to sign a lease in the Uptown within the next month," Barrineau said. "If they do, we will add another venue."
Barrineau said the lineup would grow once the venue is secured.
"We would have to bring in more talent," Barrineau said.
The Arts Center of Greenwood on Main Street will again host the Blues and Brews event. The Arts Center coordinates its own musicians for that.
The Blues Cruise has taken another step by expanding more into Thursday night of the Festival of Discovery weekend. Two of the venues, T.W. Boons and Buffalo Grill, will have a $4 cover change. The other sites will not charge.
Learn about Greenwood Blues Cruise at www.greenwoodbluescruise.com.