North MS. Delta Blues Update

"Live" Blues in the Delta, North Mississippi and Beyond... www.cathead.biz/livemusic

Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, MS, http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com
1/24 - Stan Street
1/25 - Weekly Blues Jam
1/26 - Lil Dave Thompson & Big Love
1/27 - Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
1/31 - Annual PRE-I.B.C. BLUES JAM. Blues jammers converge the night before the International Blues Challenge. Hosted by Papa Tas Cru, Jeremy Horton & Lee Williams.
1/2 - Weekly Blues Jam
2/2 - David Lee Durham & True Blues Band
2/3 - Blind Mississippi Morris & the Pocket Rockets

Reds Lounge, Clarksdale, MS (Sunflower Ave. & MLK Dr.)
1/26-27 - TBA
2/1-4 - The Cornlickers (special guest T-Model Ford, 2/2); blues jammers welcome on all shows.

930 Blues Cafe, Jackson, MS, http://www.jesdablues.com
Mon.-Fri., 5:30-8pm - Happy Hour w/Ironing Board Sam
Wednesdays - College Night w/"live" blues
Thursdays - Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning Band
Thurs.-Sat. - Jackie Bell

Bottleneck Blues Bar Blues, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, MS, http://www.ameristarcasinos.com
1/31 - Eddie Cotton

Just 1 More Blues Bar, Hattiesburg, MS, http://www.myspace.com/just1morebluesbar
1/26 - Steve Warren Band

1/22 - Blue Monday Event, Omnova Theater, Rosenzweig Arts Center, Columbus, MS (662-328-2787; 549-1358): Featuring Willie King, Jesse Robinson, the Hip Waders. Advance tix available. Doors 7pm.

1/25 - Lemuria Book Store, Jackson, MS http://www.lemuriabooks.com : Bobby Rush CD signing for "Raw."

1/26 - T-Bone Pruitt, Walnut Circle Grill, Hattiesburg, MS, http://www.southmissmusicsampler.com

1/27 - Lightnin' Malcolm/The Moonbeams, Po Monkeys Lounge, Merigold, MS; DSU Center for Culture & Learning and the Crossroads Blues Society present their IBC contestants in Feb.

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS; http://www.cathead.biz
2/1 - Ex-Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin plays FREE in-store at 4pm.
2/3 - Juke joint legend Robert "Wolfman" Belfour plays FREE in store at 12 noon.

2/1-3 - International Blues Challenge (I.B.C.), Memphis, TN, http://www.blues.org
Three nights of blues competition featuring solo/duo and band acts from around the world.

2/1-2 - IBC Blues Jams, Blue Worm, Memphis, TN (901-327-7947); James Bonner hosts blues jams, 9pm.

2/3 - Hambone Art Gallery, Clarksdale, MS (111 E. 2nd St.) http://www.stanstreet.com : GRAND OPENING hosted by Stan and Dixie Street, 3-7pm.

2/4-3/3 - Delta Film Workshop, Clarksdale, MS, http://www.barefootworkshops.com

2/9 - Big George Brock Film/Performance, Oxford, MS; http://www.oxfordfilmfest.comhttp://www.longshotbar.com
Big George Brock "Hard Times" documentary screening at Oxford Film Festival, 3:30pm. "Live" band performance at Long Shot Bar, 10pm.

2/14 - Sarah's Kitchen & Blues Bar, Clarksdale, MS (278 Sunflower): Valentine's party with Robert "BILBO" Walker! (What could be more romantic than that??!)

2/15-17 - Living Blues Symposium -- "Blueswomen Today"; Oxford, MS (and the Delta), http://www.livingblues.com

2/15 - Longshot Bar, Oxford, MS; www.myspace.com/lculmer - LC Ulmer and Band.

2/17 Ultimate Blues Show, Clarksdale Civic Auditorium, Clarksdale, MS; (Hwy 49 & 2nd St.): TK Soul, Steve Perry, Nathaniel Kimble, MS Slim, John Horton, Betty Padgett. 662-695-1907; 901-503-0477.

2/24 - Mississippi John Hurt Post-Valentine Gala, Carroll County Community House, Carrollton, MS; (info: [e-mail missing]), 6th Annual event honoring Avalon's great bluesman.



In addition to 1450AM and 92.1FM locally, folks can now tune into Clarksdale's original commercial BLUES radio station WROX on the internet. There's no WROX web site yet, but instructions for listening are below. (I'm listening via Audio, and it sounds killer.) When you tune in, you'll hear locally-connected acts like Super Chikan, Big George Brock and T-Model Ford right along side national acts like Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke and Muddy Waters. Way cool! (Sunday night, after watching Robert "Wolfman" Belfour play for 2 hours at Red's Lounge, I turned on the radio while brushing my teeth, and one of his songs was playing. Life is good...) ALSO, if you want to either hear -- OR possible avoid -- me on the radio, tune in at 8:10am each Thursday for my rundown of blues offerings for the weekend. My mid-morning show should start in February once some new software arrives at the station. (I'll have to pre-record my shows since I -- at least theoretically -- have a "day job.")

- Download a free copy of WinAmp at http://www.winamp.com
- Then, open WinAmp and go to FILE, PLAY URL. Then type in and click PLAY.

Any Mac with iTunes installed can click on "Advanced" then "Open Stream" and put in this address: and click "OK".
(If you don't have iTunes, you can also download a free copy of Audion at http://www.panic.com/audion/download.html and use it. I had to do this, and it worked great!)


It's the "Monthly Magazine of Clarksdale Culture" put out by Clarksdalian Bubba O'Keefe and his hardworking staff, Laura Barnaby and James Tootle. You can pick it up for free at Cat Head and many local businesses/clubs/hotels. OR... you can download it for free at http://www.heresclarksdale.com . The inaugural issue feature a cover story on Helen Sugg Aderholt of the original WROX radio station and the original "Here's Clarksdale" magazine as well as articles on Red's Lounge, The Ranchero Restaurant and more... Plus guides to local restaurants, hotels, blues clubs, civic groups and more. The mag looks, reads and feels great... and gets a full Cat Head "thumbs up!" To advertise in the next issue, email Bubba at [e-mail missing] .


Coming Soon from Broke & Hungry Records: Meet Me in the Cotton Field – Terry "Big T" Williams and Wesley Jefferson.

This spring, Broke & Hungry Records – the label responsible for the critically acclaimed debut CDs of Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and Odell Harris – will release its third album of real-deal Mississippi blues. Meet Me in the Cotton Field, scheduled for an April 10 release, will mark the first recorded collaboration between Clarksdale mainstays Terry "Big T" Williams and Wesley Jefferson. Featuring everything from a cappella field hollers to searing electric juke joint workouts, Meet Me in the Cotton Field shines a spotlight on two of the delta's unsung heroes. Big T, a protégé of Big Jack Johnson, has been rocking Clarksdale's jukes for nearly two decades. Sidelined for a period by a stint in the notorious Parchman Penitentiary, Big T has spent the years since his release
re-establishing his reputation as one of the delta's great guitarists. Wesley Jefferson has been a mainstay in the Coahoma County blues scene since the 1960s. Working first as a drummer before settling on bass guitar, Wesley has worked with many of the area's greats, including Sam Carr, Big Jack Johnson, Willie Foster and Robert "Bilbo" Walker. He also has fronted his own band, the Wesley Jefferson Southern Soul Blues Band, for decades. Past member of the band have included James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Michael "Dr. Mike" James. Big T and Wesley have been friends and occasional musical collaborators for years, but Meet Me in the Cotton Field marks their first collaboration on record. More details coming soon . . .

4. CAT HEAD store & related news from 252 DELTA AVENUE IN CLARKSDALE...

IN FEBRUARY free, "live" blues performances at CAT HEAD...
2/1 - Ex-Muddy Waters blues guitarist Bob Margolin, 4pm.
2/3 - Juke joint legend Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, 12 noon.

ALSO, DON'T FORGET that Cat Head AND Broke & Hungry Records will have a booth at Columbus, Ohio's Traditional Blues Fest on Feb 24th. Come visit us if you can...
(More info courtesy of Crawlingkingsnake: "Get yer Tickets for the 12th Annual Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival! - buy tickets online for this all Acoustic Blues Festival Saturday Feb 24th at the Radisson Worthington Ballroom, Columbus. Tickets are $28 ($25 for Columbus Blues Alliance Members) go to http://www.columbusblues.com/TF.htm for all the info! Hotel rooms are only $89 - get 'em while they last. This event WILL sell out -- rooms and tickets!"


- 2ND ANNUAL "MOTHER'S BEST MUSIC FEST" COMING TO HELENA, AR (thx Gregg at DCC): "The second annual Mother's Best Music Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, June 16th 2007. The lineup will be forthcoming. We are excited to continue this new festival featuring a diverse array of musical talent on the Cherry Street Pavilion (otherwise known as the Blues Festival Main Stage)."

- DOROTHY HILL'S DELTA TRAVELOGUE FROM LAST OCTOBER (thx): http://www.bluesartstudio.at/NeueSeiten/MEMPHIS+to+VICKSBURG.html

- BILL "HOWL-N-MADD" PERRY HAS NEW WEB SITE: Check out Bill's bio, discography, etc. at http://www.howl-n-madd.com . His current CD is being highlighted everywhere from XM Satellite Radio (Bill Wax's Bluesville show) to Clarksdale's own WROX 1450AM and WKXY 92.1FM. He plays regularly at Ground Zero Blues Club, and you can pick up his new CD at Cat Head or on-line at https://billperry.villagecdstore.com/index.php?Action=MoreInfo&Code=BILLPCD0001

- THEO DASBACH'S CLARKSDALE MUSEUM RENAMED: Cool place with tons of blues and rock memorabilia and a small gift shop with old vinyl! Renamed "THEO'S ROCK 'N ROLL & BLUES HERITAGE MUSEUM" due to its enhanced blues offering. More info at http://www.rockmuseum.biz

- NEW EVENT COMING TO INDIANOLA, MISS.: 7/19-22 - Booze N Blues Festival, Club Ebony, Indianola, MS. http://www.boozenblues.com . Blues performances and summit. Details on web site. Questions: [e-mail missing] .

- CHECK OUT SISTER ROSETTA THARPE ON YOUTUBE.COM (thx Charlie Musselwhite): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xzr_GBa8qk

- GZBC DVD OF GEORGE THOROGOOD/EDDIE SHAW AVAILABLE: Limited edition DVD filmed at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Ms by Vincent Productions last year. It's available at Cat Head ($20 plus $2 s/h) or on eBay at http://cgi.ebay.com/Jook-Joint-Jam-w-George-Thorogood-Eddie-Shaw-LIVE_W0QQitemZ270076520047QQihZ017QQcategoryZ617QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

- BOB KOESTER/DELMARK RECORDS ARTICLE (thx Billy H): One of my personal "recording industry" heroes and a heck of a nice guy, Bob Koester actually dropped off a carload of about 1,000 CD security boxes at Cat Head last fall on his way to New Orleans after I casually mentioned that I could use some more. Blues is better off because of him, for sure... http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_012221150.html

- STEVE CHESEBOROUGH'S "BLUES TRAVELING" DELTA GUIDEBOOK IS ON-LINE: http://books.google.com/books?id=93McafCAVZgC&pg=RA2-PA79&lpg=RA2-PA79&dq=anthony+sherrod+blues&source=web&ots=dnhUtQQkAA&sig=v8aii31lj_qJ_gNvSCLlKzAZ08A#PPP1,M1

- NEWS FROM "JUST 1 MORE BLUES BAR" IN HATTIESBURG (thx Robert): "On jan 12th we have EDEN BRENT coming to play for us and as you know she is great and also on jan 26 we
have a group from gulfport coming up called the STEVE WARREN BAND and they have played for us ounce before and we were so impressed we invited them back asap. We have also been having mister L C ULMER playing for us and we love him to death..."

- FILM OF BLIND MISSISSIPPI MORRIS IN THE UK (thx Billy H): http://www.montevideo.co.uk/projects/mississippi/

- ONE MORE NOTE ABOUT FLORIDA BLUES CLUB: "Just wanted to touch base about the blues club outside Tallahassie. Bradfords Blues Club is the old Dave's CC Club where they used to hold the Star Spangled Blues Fest. I went to the website and I recognised the painted table tops that were there when Dave owned the club. So its still there just under new ownership. Lots of people played there when Dave owned the club. Its a cool place. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks Dirk Wissbaum."

- AN ESSENTIAL OUT OF PRINT BLUES CD YOU CAN GET THRU AMAZON.COM MARKETPLACE: If you don't already own the soundtrack to Robert Mugge's essential Mississippi blues documentary "Deep Blues," then try to pick it up at the following link. It features RL Burnside, Jr Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, etc. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000008EY3/ref=dp_olp_2/103-0464975-9950223

- LAST OF THE DELTA BLUESMAN CD INFO (thx Billy H.): http://www.pegasusnews.com:80/news/2007/jan/02/blue-shoe-projects-ilast-great-mississippi-delta-b/ . (By the way, Cat Head carries this CD.)

- ARCHIVED BROADCAST OF THE LATE BLUES DJ EARLY WRIGHT IN CLARKSDALE: http://www.reelradio.com/gifts/ewwrox0384.html

- SEASICK STEVE PERFORMANCE IN HOLLAND ON YOUTUBE (thx Guy M): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujm7UshfVk0

- NEW "MISSISSIPPI" BOOK AVAILABLE THRU LEMURIA IN JACKSON: http://www.lemuriabooks.com/index.php?show=book&isbn=WFES305519

- BLUES BOOK REVIEW (thx Billy H): "In Search of the Blues by Marybeth Hamilton" http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1993744,00.html

- MAC ARNOLD IN SONGWRITING COMPETITION (thx Belinda): "Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues entered 3 original songs in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. We have just been informed that out of 14,000 entries, all THREE of our songs have been advanced to the next round of judging. The finalists will be announced on February 1, 2007 and the winners will be announced in March, 2007." --
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues

- CLARKSDALE VISITOR (VIA UK) BOB LONG PLAYS ON HIS WEB SITE: Tommy Johnson's Maggie Campbell Blues, http://bobalong.co.uk/

- KATRINA BENEFIT AND MORE IN ST. LOUIS (thx Peter): "One of my new years resolutions is to help more people, with that I'm excited to be promoting a concert and instrument drive to help out school music programs effected by Hurricane Katrina. This concert will be Valentines Day at Hwy 61 Roadhouse. I hope you can make it. If you can't and would like to make an instrument donation (cash is good too) please send me a note. I'd be happy to pick up instruments if in St. Louis, otherwise please send them to me at the address below. The Blues Bank Collective is a 501(c)(3) and I can get you a receipt for tax purposes. Please print the attached, hang it around town, talk it up at your gigs, add to website and/or email newsletter - anything will help. New Orleans is so rich in our musical history, this effort will help keep it alive and help the kids too." -- Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, info at http://www.stlblues.net

- FROM BLUESVILLE E-NEWS LIST (thx): From: Keith Soltys [mailto:[email protected]]... "IBC Blues Jams!!!Hosted by JAMES BONNERThursday & Friday, February 1st & 2nd, 20079:00pm - ????The Blue Worm is located at 1405 Airways Blvd., Memphis, TN(near Airways and Lamar just behind the Save-A-Lot grocery store)901-327-7947. Cover is only $10..$5 if you have an instrument! ALL ARE INVITED!"

- RECENT ACQUISITIONS AT CLARKSDALE'S "ROCK N ROLL & BLUES HERITAGE MUSEUM" (thx Theo): Just a sampling of what's new to Theo's massive collection... Blind Lemon Jefferson: Matchbox blues ( Okeh records) 78 rpm. Blind Lemon Jefferson: Broke and Hungry (Paramount) 78 rpm. Papa Charlie Jackson: Shake That Thing ( Paramount) 78 rpm. Plus, 78 rpms from Victoria Spivey ,The Mississippi Sheiks, Ethel Waters and Texas Alexander. Chuck Berry 78 rpm record from The Phillipines, Little Richard 78 rpm from Belgium, Elvis Presley 78 rpm from New Zealand. Also new is a photo display with photo's of musicians who play to day in and around Clarksdale today such as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Robert " Bilbo" Walker, Pine Top Perkins, Big T, Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan, Lightnin' Malcolm, Bill Abel and Big George Brock. The museum is a constant work in progress and a never ending project. http://www.rockmuseum.biz Rock'n Roll & Blues Heritage Museum, 113 East 2nd street, Clarksdale, MS 38614; 901-605-8662.

- I.B.C. UPDATE VIA JANET WEBB AND BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE: "If anyone needs a room for Memphis – February 1-3 please email Linda Kibak at [e-mail missing] or call 1-800-765-8241. She has over a dozen rooms left at the Best Western – two blocks from Beale Street around $80 per night. She will have to cancel them on January 16th. There may be a few rooms at the host hotel, the Doubletree, now as well. Contact Pam Palko at 901-334-4600 or Monique Johnson at 901-334-4602 to get a room there. Rates are about $109 plus taxes. The International Blues Challenge will see a record number of acts from a record number of places once again. The number of competing acts has more than doubled in the past five years from 69 acts in 2003 to over 150 in 2007. We expect 157 acts from 34 states and eight countries including first-time entries from Finland and India…as well as, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Taiwan, and the United States. Wristbands will be sold on Beale Street for the Semifinals on Thursday ($10) and Friday ($15). Tickets to the Band Finals on Saturday afternoon ($27) are available directly from the Orpheum Theater. Tickets for the Solo/Duo finals at the New Daisy Theatre, if available, will be sold at the door that night." http://www.blues.org/ibc

Contact: Jimbo or Olga Mathus, Delta Recording Service, 901-272-0049, [e-mail missing]

COMO, MISSISSIPPI—Jimbo Mathus, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has re-opened his popular Delta Recording Service in Como, Mississippi. The studio, previously located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, produced over 70 projects in just over a year, including Grammy and Handy award-winners and nominees Elvis Costello, Big George Brock, and Duwayne Burnside. The facility brings together top-tier Mississippi and Memphis producers, engineers, writers and session men and women in a dynamic, energetic environment. The result is a recording studio that enables artists to create fully-realized recordings that are affordable and high-quality. "It's a one-stop studio for clients," Mathus says, noting that the facility can supply musicians from genres as varied as "south Memphis rappers to North Mississippi fife and drums to old-school rhythm sections." Mathus says that the Delta staff specializes in roots music of all kinds and brings insight and skill to projects. "When clients walk through the door and need it, we've got it," he said. "And they have a ball working with the staff here, too!" Established in conjunction with Olga Wilhelmine and 219 Records, Delta Recording Service also offers a full spectrum of services for do-it-yourself artists, including CD art, manufacturing and national distribution via 219 Records.
Unique Mississippi hills country blues archive graces lobby The facility houses a new exhibition, sponsored by the JMH Foundation, in the lobby area that features an archive of photographs, recordings and memorabilia honoring traditional musician families from Northern Mississippi: Hemphills, McDowells, Burnside, Kimbroughs, Stricklands, Pratchers, Youngs and Turners. The collection also includes face casts of local musical legend Jessie Mae Hemphill (after whom the JMH Foundation is named), Othar Turner, RL Burnside and T Model Ford. CDs by local artists are on sale, with proceeds going to the JMH Foundation for the preservation and archiving of the music of North Mississippi. For more information on the JMH Foundation, visit www.jmhemphill.org

About Delta Recording Service: Delta Recording Service provides a full range of talent and services to musicians seeking to produce cost-effective, high-quality recordings. Located in downtown Como, Mississippi, Delta Recording Service brings a unique, Southern sensibility and creativity to every client's project. Visit Delta Recording Service on the Web at www.deltarecordingservice.com

(CAT HEAD NOTE: If you want to record a blues, roots or rock album... then THIS is the studio for you. Great mix of antique and contemporary equipment EQUALS big, vintage, timeless sound! Just ask Big George Brock...)

7. LATEST UPDATES ON BLUESMAN BIG GEORGE BROCK... http://www.cathead.biz/BigGeorge.html

- VOTE FOR BIG GEORGE: Big George Brock is nominated for 3 Blues Music Awards this year. If you're a fan, please vote for him now at http://www.blues.org/bluesmusicawards/index.php4 . If you don't know his music, then preview it at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/biggeorge2

- THANKS TO MORGAN BEARDEN AND MISSOURI'S DIABETES EDUCATION FUND: Even with a terrible ice storm, the show went on a week ago in Rolla, MO thanks to Morgan and Big George's fans...

A.) Article on Rolla show at http://www.therolladailynews.com/articles/2007/01/06/news/news01.txt http://www.therolladailynews.com

B.) "Thanks" from Diabetes Education Fund: "The Diabetes Education Fund would like to thank everyone who supported and attended the Big George Brock show last Saturday. Special thanks to Bruno's Pub & Grill, Baymont Inn, Rolla Chamber of Commerce, KUMR, KTTR, Rolla Daily News, The Ozark Chronicle, and all the supporters and lovers of live music who showed up on the evening of the performance. ... When the 9:00 PM show time rolled around the lights were still off, but Big George, a consummate professional, stepped up with his drummer and did a few tunes. He then started to ad-lib, "Oh please Mr. Electricity man, please turn that electricity on…" It wasn't thirty seconds into his on the fly "Electricity Man" that power came back on and the crowd roared! Thank you Rolla Municipal Utilities, thank you Intercounty Electric Cooperative, and thank you Mr. Big George Brock..." -- Morgan Bearden, Director, Diabetes Education Fund.

C.) Email from fan after the show: "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Big George's show Saturday night in Rolla, MO. It was the second time I had seen his show and have been blown away both times. I'm sorry the weather was so lousy...but the fact that the show went on is a testament to just how solid of an entertainer Big George is. If it seemed that some of the folks drifted away near the end it was out of concern for the bad weather and the well being of their homes and farms. I'm sure Big George understands, but if there was any question about whether or not the folks of Rolla enjoyed his show, the consensus amongst my circle of friends (most of whom were there) is that the show was FANTASTIC!! I have to agree. And anyone who was there and up close to witness the miracle of his improvised "Electric Man Blues" can tell you...Big George Brock is a 'Journeyman and a Blues Miracle Maker'. Thanks Big George and Cat Head Records for making miracles happen." -- Joel Winn, Artist Development Group.

- HEAR FOREIGN RADIO SHOW FEATURING BIG GEORGE ALBUM CUTS: "Dear Roger, In my last show I featured George Brock's latest CD, again, and my listeners loved it! If you wish you can download the show with his music. Just go to http://www.megaupload.com/ and change your "Language" settings into English and then go here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9RLHDLDM . At the top of the page there is a "Download" button. To download the show you need to enter the code into a bracket next to the "Download" button (the code may look like this: CRS or GDK or TJK etc). After 45 seconds of waiting you will be able to download the show by clicking on "Click here to download" button." -- Przemek Draheim, http://www.blues.pl/draheim


8. NEWS COURTESY OF CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER (sign up for email at http://www.pressregister.com )...

- YOGA IN CLARKSDALE... NO, REALLY! (thx Conner): http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17658410&BRD=2038&PAG=461&dept_id=333627&rfi=6 ALSO, watch for a new web site, coming soon... http://www.Deltayoga.org

Riverside placed on Blues Trail, By: DAVID OWENS, Associate Editor, January 19, 2007
Frank Ratliff stands across the street in front of the Riverside Hotel he owns and operate on Sunflower Avenue. Ratliff has kept the hotel much like it was when his mother operated it decades ago. It is a favorite lodging place for many visitors. State officials will visit Clarksdale Thursday to unveil a Mississippi Blues Trail marker at Riverside Hotel. Riverside Hotel, 615 Sunflower Ave., opened Oct. 11, 1944, and the building once served as the city's African-America hospital. The ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday will include the unveiling of the blues marker in front of the hotel. The hotel, opened by Z.L. Ratliff Hill, has played host to numerous blues musicians over the years including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Robert Nighthawk. Former presidential hopeful, the late John F. Kennedy Jr. also spent a weekend at the establishment. Frank "Rat" Ratliff, Hill's son, currently operates the hotel, which still serves blues fans year round.
"I've benefitted off this place all of my life," Ratliff said. "People have been coming for the last 10 to 15 years and stay in the same rooms. "It's part of me," he said. "I grew up in this business. You've got to please people when they come to Clarksdale. You've got to hustle to keep them coming." Riverside indeed keeps them coming and the hotel remains crowded with blues fans during all festivals and most weekends. Kappi Allen, Coahoma County Tourism Manager, said Riverside was a good fit for the blues trail. "We're really pleased that this was one of the sites chosen because of the great historic value of the building itself, even more than the spirit that surrounds that place," Allen said. "(Ratliff) is most thrilled with the photograph of his mother on the back," she said. "Ms. Hill is responsible for what the Riverside Hotel is today. We're just very proud of the way the marker came out." The Riverside Hotel is the first of several historic locations in Clarksdale to be added to the Mississippi Blues Trail. The Mississippi Blues Commission started the effort several years ago to highlight the blues history of the state. So far, markers have been installed in Greenwood, Greenville and Holly Ridge, Allen said. "It's now coming to fruition," she said. "There are many, many, many more markers to be purchased and placed. It's a very exciting undertaking for the state because the trail itself will be a draw for tourists." Roger Stolle, co-owner of Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, 252 Delta Ave., said the Riverside Hotel is a great choice. "I think it's no coincidence a blues marker placed in Clarksdale will be at Riverside Hotel for it's long-term continual history in regards to blues," he said. Stolle said the hotel reserves the honor as an African-American hospital where legendary singer Bessie Smith died and as a residence for many blues singers. "It's fitting in my mind because it's still an active, viable business location," he said. "Frank Ratliff is just a gem. "The first 45 minutes or an hour you're checking in, he tells you the history," Stolle said. "He calls one of the rooms the Ike Turner room because Ike Turner stayed there." Other rooms are named after their famous residents include Hooker and Kennedy, Stolle said. "No other hotels in the world could say that," he said. "It's the most blues historic hotel in the world. The outside looks rustic and he doesn't want to change that look. "He updates the inside periodically so it can be a place where people can actually stay and become a part of the blues," Stolle said. Stolle said the marker is an honor for both Ratliff and his mother and is in a great location for tourists and locals alike. "I'm thankful (the hotel) didn't get torn down like a lot of old buildings do and it didn't fall down," he said. "It's been maintained and never shut down since it opened its doors."

CAT HEAD NOTE: Congrats to Rat and his late mother! For the full story on Rat and the Riverside, go to: http://www.bluesfestivalguide.com/articles/2004/04-riverside.html

9. NEWS COURTESY OF WWW.BLUESWAX.COM (edited for space)....
Join their e-list and check out their web site at http://www.blueswax.com

- A museum at Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, reopened to the public on Monday, January 8, on what would have been Presley's 72nd birthday. The museum's $250,000 renovation was completed last week. The collection features memorabilia given by Elvis to his personal friend, Janelle McComb. The museum, which tells the story of Presley's childhood in Tupelo and his rise to stardom, will be open seven days a week.

- Shelley Ritter at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, has announced that the museum has been awarded a 2006 Community Heritage Grant by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The Community Heritage Preservation grant program, authorized and funded through the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties. The museum is one of 32 grant recipients for 2006. The award of $46,400 will be used for exterior restoration and interior rehabilitation, including roof replacement, wood trim repair, and installation of a fire suppression system. For more information about the Delta Blues Museum go to www.deltabluesmuseum.org Above item courtesy of: The Delta Blues Museum

Join John "The Riverman" Ruskey's e-list at http://www.island63.com . Then, canoe the Mississippi and beyond with The Riverman.

2 – Full Snow Moon
5 - Chinook Canoes in Gautier (Jackson Co. Campus Library of Gulf Coast Community College)
15 – First Annual General Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Sunflower River, 6pm, Quapaw Canoe Company (establish goals & write ballot for officer elections)
16-23rd Annual Sunflower River Expedition
27 - Chinook Canoes at the Port Gibson Harriette Person Library

2 – Chinook Canoes at the Horn Lake M. R. Dye Public Library
3 – Full Worm Moon Float
Is anyone interested in a Week-Long Artist's Retreat on a Mississippi River Island? Let us know (and we'll go)! (info below)

Entire Month: Canoe Carving Workshop: Wanbli River Dancer, et al (info below)
TBA - Chinook Canoes at the Olive Branch B. J. Chain Public Library
2 – Full Awakening Moon
14 – Naturefest at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, paddle with the Mighty Quapaws on the Pearl River, details TBA
TBA - Chinook Canoes at the Hernando Public Library

Entire Month: Canoe Carving Workshop: Wanbli River Dancer, et al (info below)
Chinook Canoes in Clarksdale to be restored for their return journey to the Chinook Nation (Wilapa Bay, Washington State)
2 – Full Dewberry Moon
5 – The 26th Annual Memphis Canoe & Kayak Race
31 – Full Flower Moon

15 – Junebug Birthday (my wife's due date)
30 – Full Rose Moon

15-27 – Dugout Canoe Workshop at Cahokia Mounds
29 – Full Hay Moon


- DO DROP INN IN SHELBY, MS: Two weekends ago and again last night (1/20/07), blues showman Robert "Bilbo" Walker cranked out the blues and turned on the charm for a grateful audience. Bilbo is back in Clarksdale and working hard to make a comeback. His 2 CDs on Rooster and 1 on Fedora may be out of print, but you can hear all the songs when you catch him "live"... or tune into WROX radio. If you want to book Bilbo for an upcoming festival either in the States or overseas, call him now at 661-330-8437 (serious inquiries only, please). He is playing better than ever at 70-years-young.

- RED'S LOUNGE IN CLARKSDALE, MS: Over the past couple weekends, Red has featured Robert Belfour, Lightnin' Malcolm, T-Model Ford and others. The roof has been more-or-less repaired, so it's cool blues come rain or shine. T-Model played there last Friday, but unfortunately, a visiting guitarist took it upon himself to try to accompany T-Model for the ENTIRE night... thereby turning it into more of a monotonous jam than a show of songs, etc. (Plus, the youngster couldn't seem to gel with T-Model's elastic sense of timing!) Still, folks seemed to enjoy the show -- especially if they'd never seen T-Model by himself or with just a drummer. See the beginning of this email for upcoming gigs at Red's.

- SARAH'S KITCHEN IN CLARKSDALE, MS: I was out of town with Big George, but Bilbo Walker played to a small but enthusiastic crowd at Sarah's on 1/13.

- GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB IN CLARKSDALE, MS: GZBC continues to provide reliable "live" blues every Wed thru Sat. This past weekend folks enjoyed Josh "Razorblade" Stewart and Terry "Big T" Williams -- both Clarksdale mainstays. Look for the annual Pre-International Blues Challenge Jam at the club on Wed., 1/31 as well as some strong Mississippi blues names that weekend for IBC visitors.

- FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS MEET IN CLARKSDALE: Thanks to the efforts of Mississippi State Tourism, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC), Coahoma County/Clarksdale Tourism and others, Clarksdale played host to a now yearly meeting of festival organizers from across the state. More details courtesy of the MAC press release: "Mississippi's arts and cultural festivals are an important tool in community development. That's why the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority's Division of Tourism Development are working together to present training workshops for festival coordinators on January 16th and 18th. The agencies will be hosting the workshops in Natchez (on January 16th at the Convention Center) and Clarksdale (on January 18th at Clarksdale Station). Both meetings will feature presentations aimed at assisting festival coordinators in their work, including sessions on promotions, artist relations, and developing corporate sponsorships. The sessions will be led by experienced festival coordinators who work (or have worked) on nationally recognized events or publications, including the Blues Festivals Guide, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and Bele Chere Festival in Asheville, North Carolina."

Check out "Live from the Delta" at http://www.livefromthedelta.com . It broadcasts from the historic train depot where Muddy Waters once left for Chicago (500 Blues Alley) and features a "live" morning show each weekday. If you want to be a guest on the morning show or advertise with them, call Charlie Fowler at 662-902-3099.


- BLACK SNAKE MOAN DEBUTS AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Black Snake Moan, staring Samuel L. Jackson as an aging blues singer will debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival which runs Jan. 18-28 in a variety of Salt Lake and Park City locations. The movie also stars Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake. New West Records will release the original soundtrack to Black Snake Moan January 30, 2007 one month ahead of the nationwide theatrical release from Paramount Vantage. For his portal of reformed bluesman Lazarus, Jackson honed his singing chops and took guitar lessons before picking the the Gibson ES-335 - custom painted purple - that he plays in the movie. R.L. Burnside was the musical inspiration for the film. The soundtrack includes performances from such blues notables as Son House, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bobby Rush, and Precious Bryant (and thankfully, nothing from Justin Timberlake).h

(CAT HEAD NOTE: Before taking on the blues role above, Samuel L. came to Clarksdale where he spent time with Big Jack Johnson and saw Robert Belfour play. Belfour played at Messenger's that night. When asked for the $5 cover charge, Samuel said, "Do you want that in fifties or hundreds?" Then, Big Red from Red's Lounge took a seat right next to him and ruthlessly harassed him the whole night. I don't even want to know what he was saying to him!)

- BUDDY GUY'S CHICAGO CLUB RELOCATING: As many of you must have heard by now (since it has become international news), the downtown Chicago Blues Club, "Buddy Guy's Legends" will be moving to a new space in the near future. Legends has asked The Blues Festival E-Guide to help squash any rumors that may be circulating. Legends is NOT closed, is NOT closing, but are simply moving their location. Columbia College acquired the building that the club occupies in 1999. The agreement made 8 years ago was that Legends would need to find a new home. It looks like the move will be taking place sooner rather than later. Columbia is being kind and flexible and insists that Legends will not be kicked out if they are not ready to move into a new place by the end of the lease. That said, it is unclear exactly when they will be out of 754 S. Wabash and in a new home. Buddy plans to stay in the downtown Chicago area, and he is personally reviewing all the available options.


"Living Blues magazine and the University of Mississippi are pleased to announce the fifth annual Blues Today symposium, February 15-17, 2007. This year's theme is blueswomen. Full details are available at www.bluestodayonline.com We hope that you'll join us."

Blues Today Symposium, Barnard Observatory, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677

[e-mail missing] http://www.bluestodayonline.com http://www.livingblues.com


"Time to start planning for the 2007, 11th Annual, DO-NANNY . Looks like the date for the DO-NANNY will be the 4TH SATURDAY in MARCH, ...MARCH 24TH, 2007. (There are 5 Saturdays in March this year, confused things just a little). There will be no charge to the artists for setting up and no admission charge for the patrons , as usual. We do want the artists to SIGN IN...just let me know if you are coming, mainly so we can get you some publicity about the show. Some of the patrons usually want to know if their favorite artists will be here, too.
For those of you artists who don't know...nothing is furnished...bring your own setup and we'll point you to your spot. That's it. Somebody will sell BBQ sandwiches and cold soft drinks. Lots of the artists and some of the regular patrons often bring free goodies. For the patrons, this is a real good place to meet the artists and really get to know them. The whole DO-NANNY is a laid back affair where the artists and the patrons get to enjoy each other. More info will follow later. Let me know if you have questions or comments." -- Frank Turner, Mayor's Office Folk Art Gallery, Pittsview, Alabama 36871-0128; ph. (334)855-3568. http://www.folkartisans.com/mayorsoffice


"There are new exciting things happening at Raw Vision that I wanted to let you know about...
**Our next issue of Raw Vision will be offered online and fully INTERACTIVE! We'll be offering online subscriptions for the first time - this is sure to expand our readership to new heights! Subscribers viewing the online version of magazine will be able to click on editorial and advertisements that hotlink directly to that organization's website. The hotlink is a FREE service that is included with your print ad. There is still time to be included in the Spring issue which comes out March, April and May. Contact me for rates and deadlines.
**I am pleased to announce that Raw Vision has won the 2006 UTNE Independent Press Award for Best Arts Coverage. See the attachment for the article and award information.
**The 2007 Sourcebook II is in the works. It is THE most comprehensive reference guide for outsider art. Ads and listings for galleries, organizations and website are available. Make sure you take advantage of this rare opportunity. Contact me for listing forms and prices.
**After the Spring issue deadline in a few weeks, we will be working on the Summer issue, which comes out June, July, & August. The deadline is March 25 and we'll have a brand new rate card with frequency rates. Stay tuned!
I will be in touch to discuss your plans or please feel free to contact me in the meantime with any questions."

Best regards,
Irene Gruen
Raw Vision Advertising Manager
Tel: 310-392-4312 (Pacific Standard Time)


"BLUE MONDAY AT THE RAC FEATURING BLUES LEGENDS WILLIE KING and JESSE ROBINSON & THE HIP WADERS. MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2007, 7:30 PM IN THE OMNOVA THEATER , ROSENZWEIG ARTS CENTER/COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL, 501 MAIN STREET, COLUMBUS. TICKETS $10 ADVANCE, $15 AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE--(LIMITED SEATING), ON SALE NOW AT COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL. CALL 662-328-2787 OR 549-1358 FOR INFORMATION. Presented by Columbus Arts Council and Madhatter Productions. (This event is not part of the regular CAC scheduled season.) Get tickets soon, these shows usually sell fast! Main Gallery doors at The RAC will open at 7 PM and we'll plan to open theater by 7:10--pending musician sound check clearance." -- Beverly Norris, [e-mail missing] 662-549-1358


Garrick and Eileen Feldman run the Leader newspaper over in Arkansas and are continual visitors to Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta. If they see that Big Jack Johnson or Robert Belfour or any other real-deal blues guys are playing at Red's or Ground Zero Blues Club or wherever, they try to make the couple hour drive over this way to catch them. They also buy CDs and LPs by the pound at Cat Head. (Thanks.) I say all of this so that when I tell you that Garrick has chosen his favorite CDs/DVDs of 2006, you know that it means something. That said, here are his picks for the year, and yeah, I know this is all a little self serving since our Big George DVD made the list... but I really would share this with y'all, anyway...

FROM THE PUBLISHER >>Favorite jazz, blues from '06:

While talking to Lonoke County Justice of the Peace Larry Odom, who could pass for drummer Levon Helm's brother, I remembered I still hadn't listed my favorite CDs and DVDs of 2006: Andrew Hill's Time Lines (Blue Note) was on almost every jazz critic's list of favorites: This is the Chicago-born pianist's comeback album for Blue Note, where he'd recorded a series of trail-blazing LPs in the 1960s, both as leader and sideman. One of Blue Note founder Alfred Lion's discoveries, Hill was among the artists who made the label special. The mid-60s LP "Out to Lunch," led by reed man Eric Dolphy and accompanied by Hill, is considered one of the great jazz records of all time. Hill left Blue Note when it floundered in the late 1960s and made several impressive recordings for smaller labels. But Blue Note has come back in the last 20 years, and "Time Lines" is a jewel from the label's current management. The CD equals anything Hill recorded in the 1960s. What's more, the late Eric Dolphy's old role is filled here by Greg Tardy, who plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet about as well as his great predecessor. "Time Line" also features Charles Tolliver on trumpet. He's another great musician from the 1960s, and it's good to know he's still going strong. Tolliver is also heard on Hill's "Dance with Death," a 1968 recording that Blue Note recently reissued. A three-CD set of Tolliver's early 1970s recordings is available from Mosaic Records. Maybe it's time Blue Note let him record as a leader again. Joe Lovano, who's a generation younger than the 1960s Blue Note artists, keeps the flame going with his Ensemble Streams of Expression: Featur-ing the Birth of the Cool Suite, also from Blue Note. It's a wonder that record companies still issue serious music, especially a CD like "Ensemble" that must have been expensive to make. We counted at least 15 musicians on this record, including Tim Hagans on trumpet, Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, Charles Russo on clarinet, the late John Hicks on piano, Lewis Nash on drums and others. The music covers much of the history of jazz, especially the works of Gil Evans, Miles Davis, John Lewis and composer-conductor Gunther Schuller, who arranged the music on this CD and worked with Lovano before on "Rush Hour," a remarkable 1994 recording from Blue Note.

Delmark Records issued two important blues CDs last year: All Your Love I Miss Loving: Live at the Wise Fools Pub by Otis Rush and Live at Theresa's by Junior Wells. Both are from the 1970s and were originally broadcast on radio, capturing the musicians at the height of their powers. The sound is fine and both CDs have been nominated for Handy awards for best historical record. Let's hope they both win. Rush never sounded better than on this CD, and Wells was having a good time performing and talking to his audience in the tiny basement bar where the music was recorded. The West Memphis native was pure Arkansas Delta: Down home, funny and maybe helped himself to Theresa's libation, but when the music started, he was all business.

Our favorite musical DVD from last year is Hard Times from Cat Head, a tribute to the great bluesman Big George Brock, who is seen playing in a club in St. Louis, where he lives, and in Clarksdale, Miss., where he grew up. Brock even picks cotton at a plantation outside Clarksdale, where he worked in the 1940s and 1950s. Big George sings and plays the harmonica like the classic Chicago bluesmen who gave up the cotton fields for the bright lights of the big city. He plays his music and tells his life story on the 60-minute DVD, and you realize we might never see another one like him again.


Crossroads Blues Society Announces Benefit for IBC Contestants By Will Tierce

The Crossroads Blues Society of Rosedale officially announces contestants slated to compete at the International Blues Challenge scheduled for February 1 –3 on historic Beale Street in Memphis. Lightnin' Malcolm has been selected as the representative for the Solo/Duo competition. Currently residing in Clarksdale, Lightnin' Malcolm will be competing as a one-man-band, singing and playing guitar and foot-drums simultaneously. He has also played with many of the living blues legends in Mississippi, allowing Lightnin' to develop a unique version of Mississippi Hill Country Blues that defies description. The Moonbeams will be representing the Crossroads Blues Society in the Band category. Headlined by Duff Dorrough from Ruleville, the Moonbeams include Duff on guitar and vocals, Kenny Kimbrough on drums, Justin Showah on Bass, and Jef Calloway playing trombone and trumpet. This band has blended Mississippi Delta Juke Joint music into a style that can definitely be called unique. The DSU Center for Culture and Learning and the Crossroads Blues Society will be sponsoring a Blues benefit for these IBC contestants at the legendary Po'Monkey's Lounge in Merigold on Saturday, January 27th. Music will start at 9 pm with a $5 cover. All proceeds will go towards funding expenses to be incurred by the contestants during the Blues Challenge in Memphis. The Crossroads Blues Society also announces the date for this year's Blues and Heritage Festival at Rosedale. The Festival will be held Saturday, May 12, with music starting at 2 pm.


Clarksdale, MS -- January 21, 2007 -- 74-year-old musical veteran Big George Brock is once again returning to the state that first gave him the blues -- Mississippi.

"Hard Times," the critically-acclaimed documentary about Brock's journey from the cotton fields to the big city, will be featured at the Oxford Film Festival on February 9th (www.oxfordfilmfest.com). Later that night, Brock will perform songs from both the film and his Blues Music Award-nominated CDs during a performance at the Long Shot Bar in Oxford (www.longshotbar.com).

"2006 was a really great year for Big George," according to his manager, Roger Stolle of Clarksdale. "After the film was completed, it felt like everything started to fall in place for him -- festival events from Memphis to Chicago [plus] shows overseas in Italy and Switzerland. In the documentary, he talks about wanting to spread the blues and bring it back alive. And that's really what he's been doing." In "Hard Times," Brock says, "I want to travel all over the world [and] play the blues all over the world. I want to show the people the blues ain't dead. I want to show the people the blues [is] still the blues, and it's just like it was when I was out here in this cotton field. It just needs cultivating [to] bring it back alive. That's all it take."

Filmed partly in Brock's current home of St. Louis, the balance was captured in the heart of the Mississippi Delta where he grew up. "After filming for a day and a half in St. Louis, we realized that we had to return to the Delta with Big George if we wanted to truly understand the man behind the musician," said the film's director, Damien Blaylock of Ridgeland. "Once you see where he grew up and hear his very personal stories, you start to realize that he's not just a man playing the blues, in a sense, he is the blues."

International film critics seem to agree.

Jon Harrington of Mojo magazine gave the film four stars, and wrote that "Damien Blaylock's compelling documentary chronicles bluesman Brock's emblematic journey from Clarksdale, Mississippi sharecropper to acclaimed purveyor of gritty juke joint R&B. 'Hard Times' reveals how Brock fathered 42 children, boxed a pre-fame Sonny Liston and ran a number of blues clubs in St. Louis where he played with legends such as Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Albert King and Muddy Waters." Mick Rainsford of Blues In Britain magazine called the work "almost the ultimate experience for all lovers of downhome electric blues," and went on to say, "The whole giving a personal insight into one of the remaining great characters and artists on the blues scene today. Highly recommend."

The film "Hard Times" mixes interviews and archival photos with live performance footage shot in 2005 and 2006. It will be screened by the Oxford Film Festival at the Malco Oxford Studio Cinema, Screen C, on Friday, February 9th at 3:30pm. Brock will perform with his band that night at the Long Shot Bar on Jackson Avenue just off the square, starting at 10pm. For more information on Big George Brock and "Hard Times," log on at www.cathead.biz or call 662-624-5992.


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