Delta Bohemian Examines Faith in the Mississippi Delta

Why is faith so important here? Faith is a crucial component in the lives of most Deltans, and to understand the Mississippi Delta it is imperative to be acutely cognizant of the prominence faith in the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible plays informing and guiding individual and collective Deep South identities. The Delta Bohemian’s voice—often […]

Pip Cowan Busking His Way to Mississippi

Help a Blues Brother Out Is it any wonder a fine fella like Pip Cowan from the Land Down Under wants to return to the Mississippi Delta? Clarksdale, Mississippi draws folks daily from all over the world, who come here for the blues and most always come back for the people. We are a fairly […]

European Reflects on the Birthplace of the Blues

What I found while visiting Clarksdale. By Guest Bohemian Andrea Vlonk Initially, it was the history of Clarksdale, Birthplace of the Blues, that made me want to visit. Nearly all of the great old blues musicians lived in/around Clarksdale, or frequented the place at a certain point. We’re talking big names here: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson […]

Classic ROBERT BILBO WALKER at Reds Blues Club

Experience this blues entertainer at the iconic juke joint in Clarksdale By Magical Madge CLASSIC VIDEO If you have never seen this unique performer, then you need to go to Red’s Blues Club and hear Robert “Bilbo” Walker live, Saturday, September 19, 2015 in downtown Clarksdale. In the words of Roger Stolle, “Don’t miss the wig, suit, duckwalk and […]

Lucious Spiller Wins New Fans Everywhere He Goes

By MAGICAL MADGE MARLEY HOWELL CLARKSDALE, Mississippi — VIDEOS  and PHOTOS in post When we hear blues man Lucious Spiller is leaving his hometown of Little Rock and headed to Clarksdale, Poor William and I adjust our calendar commitments so we can be certain we get to hear this talented musician perform. He has no […]

Put A Roof Over The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis

By Magical Madge TWO VIDEOS IN POST If the blues has blessed you, nourished you, touched your soul, even remotely or briefly, and whether you know much about the blues or know very little, then an organization which has a domain name blues.org has got to be worthy of some attention, especially if it is […]

Trouping to Po Monkey Juke Joint on a Thursday Night

  By Poor William (Merigold, Mississippi) VIDEO in post Po Monkey, I hear he don’ play no live blues! Say what? You’d be right podna, most of the time, but take a DJ, cold beer, set-ups for whiskey, a bag of cracklins passed around the table, some old-school R&B and enough multi-shaped jiggling backsides of […]

Delta Sunset in Summer: A Promise for Tomorrow

By Poor William (Clarksdale, Mississippi) As a late-afternoon field rider, I now realize why my father, Roundman, used to ramble tortoise-like down the middle of turn rows checking crops and nervously biting worn fingernails during summer, searching for non-existent rain clouds. I can still smell tobacco, newsprint, and mounds of rotting cottonseed smoldering with moisture […]

Erickson EB Blakney – Cat Head – Juke Joint Festival Sunday – Clarksdale – TRUE DELTA documentary – Serendipitous Meeting

How could it be that over a year has passed since that Sunday afternoon following Juke Joint Festival 2011? I was hanging outside Roger’s place, listening to some Rev. Peyton and his Big Damn Band (see min 1:20) intense music, when I saw several creatures walking out of Cat Head, one of which was in […]

Putumayo World Music releases AFRICAN BLUES – Dan Storper does it again!

My stack of Putumayo World Music CDs continues to grow; the latest release of AFRICAN BLUES is described by National Public Radio as “delicate, airy, sure-footed and strong all the way through.” I marvel at my friend and former employer, Dan Storper, founder of Putumayo Clothing and Putumayo World Music. Dan has followed his passion […]

A Bohemian Night in Oxford

A Bohemian Night in Oxford   Oxford, Mississippi entertained the Delta Bohemians this past week for a one-night soiree celebrating Magical Madge’s birthday. Dinner at Lenora’s restaurant with Delta Bohemian writer and first-year Ole Miss student Corinne Vance and “friend” started the evening off with a bang. The adults enjoyed 12-year-old scotch and a meal […]

Delta Bohemian – what is it?

Madge Howell and Billy Howell have created the Delta Bohemian website at www.deltabohemian.com Check it out and see what you think!