He says he is now 17!
By POOR WILLIAM
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Sunday night was a time of great festivity for Clarksdalians— natives, transplants, and miscreants—who love Red Paden and his world-renowned, one-of-a-kind, ain’t-nothing-like-it blues lounge. We celebrated Red’s birthday in typical Red’s Lounge fashion: cold beer, warm BBQ, hot and milky blues, and sizzlin’ moonshine!
Clarksdale’s creative community showed up en masse. Those of us in the tourist industry, who ply our trade and wares to visitors from all over the world, recognize Red’s contribution to our local and state economy. His birthday party was an immensely enjoyable, well-attended celebration paying homage to a man we appreciate, value and love.
Many local musicians and Red regulars like Leo “Bud” Welch swapped in and out and serenaded Red and all his compadres—Dingo, Ellis, Buford, Big Charles, a few tourists and a bunch of us white folks who just can’t get enough of them sticky ole blues at Red’s OG Juke Joint.
Ground Zero Blues Club owner Mayor Bill Luckett and lovely wife Francine (Hotty Toddy) were in attendance along with just about every damn body who has skin in the tourist game. We didn’t come because we had anything to gain; we came because we wanted Red to know we can’t do what we do unless he does what he does and what he does he does so well enabling us to do what we do so well: love on tourists and help facilitate their fascination with the Most Southern Place on Earth—the Mississippi Delta and Clarksdale in particular. Red, we ‘preciate ya!
Please enjoy a short video of the evening! Red allowed us to film a few clips for this one night only! Life in the Delta—it good! pw
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