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Rufus "Rip" Wimberly was born in Arcadia, Louisiana on December 7, 1926. He now resides in Tallulah, Louisiana where he plays blues guitar in the Bits 'N Pieces Blues band. Rufus first began playing the guitar as a child and learned to play by ear from family members and community members. In Rip's blues band, all of the members are of Afro-French culture that is evident through their music.
Rip has been featured in several newspaper articles. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Louisiana Folklife Festival, and at festivals throughout the Mississippi Delta.