Top Ten Juke Joint Rules

Lay Your Burden Down – Includes a Radioland Video Top Ten Juke Joint Rules for visiting Clarksdale’s fabled juke joints, blues clubs, music venues, etc., will ease your mind and put you square in the middle of cool. We might be a land of affable-yet-pugnacious characters, eccentrics, crazies, lazies, loosey-goozies and profound pontificators, but we do appreciate a […]

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 […]

Why folks come to the Mississippi Delta and Clarksdale

Let Grammy Award Winner Charlie Musselwhite show you around the town he loves so dearly. By Magical Madge WATCH DOCUMENTARY BELOW Our good friends Charlie and Henrietta Musselwhite love coming to Clarksdale. We are thankful to spend quality time with them during their visits. Serendipitously, Billy and I were getting some footage for a commissioned […]

Another Mississippi Delta Saturday Night

From Club to Club to Club By POOR WILLIAM VIDEO and PHOTOS Delta folks ain’ scared of a party and that’s for damn sure. It’s always on in the Mississippi Delta: whether high-browing at the Country Club or low-browing just about any-damn-where-else. We Deltans love to party whether at a cocktail party, a tailgating event at […]

Big Boy Martin Grant Remembered

Including a video musical montage By POOR WILLIAM VIDEO and PHOTOS IN POST    That’s the way that the world goes “round. You’re up one day and the next you’re down. It’s half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown. That’s the way that the world goes ‘round. — John Prine Big Boy […]


Make plans to attend the popular annual Clarksdale event Thursday, September 25, 2014. PLUS enjoy a look-back at Care Fest 2013. CLARKSDALE, Mississippi   VIDEO and PHOTO SLIDESHOW Attend this year’s popular annual event CARE FEST 2014 to benefit the Clarksdale Care Station. Head to Ground Zero Blues Club, Thursday, September 25 at 7pm. Suggested Donation is […]


John Mohead and Band Play Telluride Blues & Brews Festival By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi  (VIDEOS and PHOTOS) Hey man, what kind of title is “Mohead?” Well, I am just following suite. The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (September 12-14, 2014) lists the Mississippi Deltan as such. When artists get billed by last name only, then […]

Ray Proetto covers Juke Joint Festival 2014

Unexpected Memories and Lowlights Ray Proetto is an avid photographer who enjoys documenting blues musicians. Ray has been a featured writer for the DELTA BOHEMIAN®. Visit his website BLUES POWER PHOTO and his shop on Etsy. By GUEST BOHEMIAN RAY PROETTO Clarksdale, Mississippi The 2014 Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale MS had its share of amazing […]

Kingfish plays guitar at Hambone Gallery Pre-Sunflower Fest

The 15-year-old Guitar Sensation and Delta Boy By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi (VIDEO) With the annual Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival officially starting Thursday night at the VIP Tent, Clarksdale has already begun hearing great music. Red’s Lounge, Bluesberry Café and Ground Zero Blues Club all had music on Monday night and Red’s and […]

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 […]

LEO BUD WELCH: Sabougla Voices reviewed

By Poor William (CLARKSDALE, Mississippi) VIDEOS IN POST “I believe in the Lord, but the blues speaks to life, too. Blues has a feeling just like gospel; they just don’t have a book (a Bible).”  — Leo Bud Welch The duality that is the Delta is the very human duality found in Leo “Bud” Welch. […]

Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale April 24 – 30th 2013

  Presented by ROGER STOLLE of Cat Head (Clarksdale, Mississippi) Here is your SOUNDS AROUND TOWN in CLARKSDALE. Listing of all the Live Music going on in town including Red’s Blues Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club, Bluesberry Cafe, Hambone Gallery, Hopson Commissary, Stone Pony, and our FRIDAY AT THE STAGE. Check out Roger’s April 2, 2013 BLUES […]

Southern Living Magazine Scenic Route brings many literature lovers through Clarksdale

VIDEO INTERVIEW IN POST Literati from all over America have been traveling a well-beaten Mississippi path from Jackson to Clarksdale and on to Oxford—Faulkner’s stomping grounds and his home Rowan Oak. In the January 2012 issue of Southern Living magazine, the travel section featured, “The Scenic Route: Mississippi’s Literary Trail.” As a result, well over […]

Blessissippi Blues – Freeman and Hosting Live Concert in Clarksdale

  Blessissippi Blues   Delta Bohemians, Blues lovers, folks interested in the Mississippi Delta and Clarksdale and those of you who are philanthropic minded, read further for a major happenin’ occuring in Clarkdale at Ground Zero Blues Club on April 28th, 2012. The “Blessissippi Blues” event, co-hosted by actor and Deltan Morgan Freeman along with […]

Past Remembrances of Fun Times with Chef Levi Minyard posted on the Delta Bohemian

The Delta Bohemian was born during a time when we were close friends with the late Levi Minyard. In fact, we announced our launch of The DB at a highly successful Food and Wine Tasting at Madidi Restaurant in August 2010 when Levi was the Executive Chef there. Levi encouraged us to follow our dream […]

Radioland: Sensitive About Being Sensitive

  Radioland: Sensitive About Being Sensitive By Poor William VIDEOS in post. Poor William is sensitive! That is an indisputable fact and a metaphysical certitude. He is quite manly–of this he is certain. The opining lad has facial hair except where he has pulled it out during stressful moments. He drinks scotch with just a […]

Waaaaazzzzz Uuuuupppp??!!

  Waaaaazzzzz Uuuuupppp??!! Posted 1-5-12 Happy New Year! Check out what’s going on this weekend in and around Clarksdale town on the SOUNDS AROUND TOWN. Make your plans to get out and have a good time. CLICK HERE to check out the newly updated website of local Clarksdale Artist and Musician Stan Street, owner of […]

What’s cookin’ in and around Clarksdale? Posted 10-27-11

What’s cookin’ in and around Clarksdale? Posted 10-27-11 Clarksdalian Coop Cooper plays host at the Delta Cinema this Thursday at 6pm for his new film, THE BEST DAY. Visit Coop’s website to read more about it. The 5th Annual Hambone Festival has events starting this Thursday with the main festival taking place from 12-5pm Saturday. […]

32nd Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park – Reported by new Delta Bohemian, Semi-Fixture, Journalist and Soon To Be Documentarian Erickson EB Blakney

By New Delta Bohemian, Semi-Fixture, Journalist and Soon-To-Be Documentarian Erickson “EB” Blakney →PHOTOS  INCLUDED← (New York, New York) There was a lot to shout about at the 32nd Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park on Saturday June 11th: foot-stomping blues from guitarist Eddie Cotton, Jr. and his band, the ‘Artists’ Tent’ featuring Mississippi artists, the 500 […]

Juke Joint Love

By WILLIAM PRENTISS It had been over a year to no avail. Simone and Darryl never met, even then. She had been on stage and he had been hungrily eyeing her– not a morality-leaching hunger, but one of expectancy laced with awe–from behind the fellow in the crazy-ass hat. Simone had never been stopped dead […]