CLICK MAGAZINE Hit the Road in March 2017

From food to fashion to hidden gems to Clarksdale’s Delta Bohemians CLICK MAGAZINE hit the road, Jack, for their new March 2017 issue. Editor Casey Hilder contacted Chilly Billy and requested an unexpected and unsolicited sit-down with Clarksdale’s Delta Bohemians. In addition to the Up Front Interview with us called  “A Delta Bohemian Rhapsody,” they […]

WXXO – Now On Air in Clarksdale

Blues/Roots Radio is now ‘On the Air’ in the Birthplace of the Blues thanks to Bill Bowker and Charles Evans WXXO – now on the air in Clarksdale, the Birthplace of the Blues. At 12:35 PM on Saturday, November 19th, WXXO, went ‘On the Air’ and launched Clarksdale’s 24 hour blues and roots radio station, […]

Best Places to Stay in Clarksdale

For a town of 17,000+, the cool places to stay continue to amaze! Looking for the best places to stay in Clarksdale, Mississippi? Considering a visit to the Mississippi Delta? Stay in Clarksdale, the heart of it all! With a population just over 17,000, the cradle of the blues boasts live music 365 days a year. We […]

Santana Tandem Cycles in Mississippi Delta again!

Vacation bikers followed by the American Queen headed to Kathryn’s on Moon Lake and on to Clarksdale and beyond. By MAGICAL MADGE It was a cold, rainy Spring morning and dozens upon dozens of tandem bicyclers from all over the United States and Europe were not letting that dampen their spirits. They were hungry for some […]

Coen of My New Orleans captures the Mississippi Delta

Greenwood, Indianola and Clarksdale are must-sees By MAGICAL MADGE New Orleans, a destination for millions of travelers worldwide, is talking about the benefits of “Traveling the Mississippi Delta: A land of myths and legends.” Cheré Coen with wrote a fascinating article about three of our towns, Greenwood, Indianola and Clarksdale, and touched on the mystical […]

Mississippi River Great Books Seminar Openings

Quapaw Canoe Company & Search for the Healthy City team up with Huck & Jim By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi Have you been searching for a salubrious, multi-day adventure in the Mississippi Delta that includes Socratic discussion of seminal Western literature, camping and canoeing on the Mississippi River in a 30-foot-long cypress canoe, and a stay […]

Third Coahoma to Sonoma County Blues Festival

Headlining Three Clarksdale Musicians thanks to Sponsors Lagunitas Brewing Company, Bowker Family Productions and KRSH Radio By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi (VIDEO!) What do Coahoma and Sonoma Counties have in common other than alliteration? Well, some awesome blues, Lagunitas beer, Bill Bowker, Charlie Musselwhite, Charles Evans, remarkable bucolic scenery and some musician swapping—it’s legal and […]

Dr. Sharony Green Visits Clarksdale

First Lady Francine Luckett shows the professor The Clark House By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi (VIDEO) Wednesday morning late, I was about to sneak over to Oxford for a couple of hours with wife, Magical Madge, to get my mountain bike fixed and to purchase one for Madge, when I noticed two very cute ladies out front […]

High School Honor Students Visit Clarksdale, Mississippi

Harding University teacher Lee Edwards treats teens from all over the US to the Blues By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi (VIDEO) No two days alike, no two days the same. Clarksdale Mississippi, much-heralded birthplace of the blues, rarely belies its organicity. The ephemeral nature of the MS Delta, which often appears non-transitory to the uninitiated, beckons […]

My Cup is Full, Not Half Anything

Poor William reflects while listening to some Junior Kimbrough on a Sunday morning in Downtown Clarksdale By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi VIDEO My cup is full, not half empty. My cup runneth over! Sadly, I seldom recognize it. One of the hardest things in this Dad’s and most non-custodial parent’s lives is watching the time approach […]

Anthony Bourdain and the Mississippi Delta

By MAGICAL MADGE CLARKSDALE, Mississippi Just read the Anthony Bourdain blog post about his CNN Parts Unknown show, featuring his recent jaunt through the land of cotton. Poor William hosted them in Clarksdale at the Clark House during their stay here. It tickled me to see a quick shot of Billy alongside his friend, Red […]

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 […]

Jerry’s Dreamboat, Opening Right on Q – in Clarksdale!

By Poor William (Clarksdale, Mississippi) PHOTOS IN POST Have a hankering for unique Mississippi Delta hot tamales? Need a fix of some killer BBQ? Then look no further than downtown Clarksdale, MS, birthplace of the blues. Jerry McCray, of Jerry’s Hot Tamales, and Charles Evans, owner of Clark House Residential Inn, have teamed up to […]

The Frank McClory Project NEW CD Release Celebration

(CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) Two friends had a crazy idea and then they actually did it. On Tuesday, October 15 at 3pm, immediately following their live interview with “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, photographer Gary Duane Buth and his gifted musician friend Frank McClory, both of The Frank McClory Project, will land at the Delta Bohemian on Delta Avenue […]

REDS BLUES CLUB – Torches, Cold Beer and Blues

  A Whim by POOR WILLIAM, a beer drinker, blues lover and fellow in need of a torch (Clarksdale, Mississippi) “Particularly enjoyed Red’s, any bar where the barman requires a torch to find the booze is a good spot!”  —  Tom and Laura, London PHOTO SLIDESHOW Clark House Residential Inn, where Poor William serves as […]

Travel and Leisure Magazine highlights Clarksdale, Greenwood and Oxford – Mississippi Delta’s Small Town Culture

By Poor William CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI – Travel and Leisure’s Feb. 2013 edition features an article centered on three Mississippi towns: Clarksdale, Greenwood and Oxford. “The Mississippi Delta’s Small-Town Culture” initially appeared as “Southern Revival” in T&L Magazine. The standalone intro speaks much truth: “Searching for authentic American Culture? Find it in the Mississippi Delta, where […]

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS Y’ALL!! Clarksdale Festival, October 12-13, 2012

By Poor William CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI – VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY IN POST – Clarksdale will host it’s 20th Tennessee Williams Festival this weekend, October 12-13, 2012. The event, sponsored by Coahoma Community College (CCC), kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the Whiteside Lecture Hall on the Coahoma Community College main campus and concludes […]

Poor William’s Whims: Why I Like Being an Innkeeper in Clarksdale, Mississippi

  Why I Like Being an Innkeeper in Clarksdale, Mississippi The pen of Poor William has been silent for a few weeks, the result of having a full house nightly at the Clark House Residential Inn located in downtown Clarksdaleand due to his much needed self-reflection, which has made him acutely aware of areas in […]

All That Glitters – A Marriage Proposal at Madidi with Robert Plant

By Poor William Email: [email protected] The following Poor William’s Whim article was originally published in the Clarksdale Press Register on December 2, 2009. Used by permission. CLARKSDALE, MS ( – “You go and I come wit you little babe, you go and I come wit you little babe, you go and I come wit you, […]

Photos of Miss Del’s Book Signing for Nell Dickerson, Battle of the Bands at GZBC, The Help at Delta Cinema and more…

Photos of   Miss Del’s Book Signing of GONE for Nell Dickerson   Battle of the Band Winners at GZBC   The Help showing at Delta Cinema and more…