Lightnin’ Strikes at a Shack Up Inn Wedding

Newlyweds Nikki and Lightnin' Malcolm at Shack Up Inn

Newlyweds Nikki and Lightnin’ Malcolm at Shack Up Inn

By POOR WILLIAM

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi — VIDEOS and PHOTOS in post

Steve “Lightnin’” Malcolm, famed Hill Country blues musician and Clarksdale and Shack Up Inn favorite, got all hitched to Bernikki Lewis—Big Momma Yolanda Hurt’s baby girl—on Friday during Juke Joint Festival Week on the grounds at the Shack Up Inn.

Who’d a thunk Lightnin’ would have gotten caught, but he did, and by a fine woman, Nikki! The wedding was appropriately somber, spiritual in nature, and funny as all get out. There were two preachers, maybe having two would decrease the divorce rate in America, and the shorter one was one of the funniest cats I have ever met.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/tAyiQH1P82w[/youtube]Rev. Charles Ingram stood about 2-foot nothing, but don’t let the size fool ya. He was the bomb! He changed Nikki’s diapers as a baby, so he had some authority to give her away and marry her. If one was to shoot a 30-minute sitcom, he or she could have done this wedding in one take and it would be a hit and a blessing.

Lightnin’ and Carl “Stud” White, T-Model Ford’s grandson and Malcolm’s drummer and best man at the wedding, played the day before the wedding on Thursday night at the NEW ROXY Theater in downtown Clarksdale. They played at the Shack Up Inn on Saturday night late, and again on Sunday afternoon, before whisking away to Australia on Monday morning early to continue touring with the North Mississippi Allstars. It’s all good in Malcolm’s hood.

Yolanda "Big Mama" Hurt with James Lewis T-Model Ford at Shack Up Inn April 2013

Yolanda “Big Mama” Hurt with James Lewis T-Model Ford at Shack Up Inn April 2013

Lightnin’s sweet Mama, Sandra, and his brother Chris were in attendance, and a fine time was had by all!

I love me some Lightnin’ Malcolm, Stud, Big Momma, and Nikki (she plays a mean tambourine), and hopefully you will dig them too through a few pics and a smattering of video clips. And that’s fo’ damn sure! pw

 

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