How do we KEEP CLARKSDALE and continue to draw folks here?

Clarksdale, Mississippi at a Crossroads The following thoughts on the status of my hometown bear no reflection on anyone or any entity that I might have an integral or loose association with business-wise or personally. I will not address individuals or specific entities in this post as I muse out loud about how to Keep […]

Watermelon Slim Sings Northwest Passage

At The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, Mississippi By POOR WILLIAM VIDEO and PHOTOS Delta eclectic is not relegated to Clarksdale, MS, though I think we have a short leg up on the rest of God’s fertile country south of Memphis down to Vicksburg. Magical Madge and I were delivering the latest issue of The ‘Sip magazine […]

Five Years and Growing for Clarksdale Film Festival

It’s Time: The Story of Brad Gaines and Chucky Mullins kicks off the three-day event By MAGICAL MADGE Clarksdale, Mississippi What a perfect time of year to stay indoors and watch movies. It’s so cold outside! Give me a good movie, a blanket and a beverage and I’ll follow you anywhere. You say there is a […]

Red’s Lounge on a Friday Night in Clarksdale

Lucious Spiller Shares the Love By POOR WILLIAM VIDEO and PHOTOS Hey Man, I know we did a post on the Delta Bohemian® two weeks ago on Lucious Spiller at Red’s Lounge, but sometimes there’s more to something. And here it tis…

Meet Me in the City of Clarksdale

Sean “Bad” Apple is back in town By POOR WILLIAM VIDEOS and PHOTOS Clarksdale Mississippi is a bad mama jama: just as fine as she can be with live music 365 days a year! So, if folks want to hear authentic, live music with no two nights ever quite the same, then tell ‘em to meet […]

Titties, Chicken Wings, & a Fake Death – Steve Kolbus

Musician Steve Kolbus riding on DB Pedicab with Billy Howell By BILLY “POOR WILLIAM” HOWELL CLARKSDALE, Mississippi – VIDEOS IN POST What do chicken wings, titties and a true story about a woman faking her own death have to do with each other? Steve Kolbus. Steve Kolbus is an iconic local musician, Clarksdale transplant, nice guy, great promoter, multi-vocational window […]

Baker Patton: the Cheesecake Baker Man

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi He is originally from Hopson, just South of Clarksdale, a Phi Delta Theta from Ole Miss and he likes to bake cheesecakes. In fact, if you have ever eaten at the Como Steakhouse, his delicious desserts are featured there. Baker Patton is the Cheesecake Baker Man. Lately, the MS Design Maven has been steady ordering cheesecakes from […]

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 […]

Lightnin’ Strikes at a Shack Up Inn Wedding

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 […]

TEN Juke Joint Festival Do’s and Don’ts

By BILLY “POOR WILLIAM” HOWELL (CLARKSDALE, Mississippi)

Bluesberry Cafe Kicks Off Juke Joint Festival 2014

By BILLY “POOR WILLIAM” HOWELL (CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) VIDEO IN POST Monday night saw the official/unofficial advent of the world-renowned, 11th Juke Joint Festival 2014 in Clarksdale, Mississippi—heart of the Mississippi Delta and birthplace of the blues. Bluesberry Café, bastion of live Monday night blues in Clarksdale, owned by Carol and Art “Bongo Daddy” Crivaro, had a […]

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CLARKSDALE

Let Poor William be your guide. CLARKSDALE, Mississippi So, are you thinking about coming to our little mecca in the heart of the Mississippi Delta but you aren’t too sure what to do when you get here? After all, could there really be that much to do in a town of 17,000+? Before the list […]