The Sunflower River located in the Mississippi Delta is halfway there – but needing some more friends!

    CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI ( – VIDEO INCLUDED! The Friends of the Sunflower River is seeking some support. This river flows right smack through Clarksdale. In fact, the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival is named after it. How fortunate are we, locals and lovers of Clarksdale, to have such a beautiful RIVER flowing right […]

Experiencing the Mississippi River with Chuck Dovish, host of “Exploring Arkansas” on AETN, and Audubon Arkansas – Hosted by John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company

Hosted by John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company Delta Bohemian writers Poor William (aka Billy Howell), Fat Clyde (aka Lil’ John McKee), Young & Free columnist Corinne Vance and Publisher/Producer Magical Madge Marley Howell enjoyed a recent excursion with fellow DB contributing writer John Ruskey, owner and founder of Quapaw Canoe Company. The special guests on […]

Watcha Gonna Do? Posted 4-7-11

Watcha Gonna Do? Posted 4-7-11   What’s going on in and around Clarksdale and/or Coahoma County…and beyond! With the advent of Spring comes lots of choices for things to do. As our weather improves, more folks are headin’ out of their homes and into the community. Check out some upcoming events below. ALSO, you will […]

Delta Bohemian’s MR. MARCH 2011

Mr. Lil John fell in to the Tallahatchie River and shortly thereafter, Mr. March was born! The Delta Bohemian’s MR. MARCH 2011  →VIDEO AND PHOTOS INCLUDED← Ding, Ding, school was out this past Monday for Clarksdale teacher and local artist Joey Young, who accompanied the following Delta Bohemians: Mr. Lil John McKee, also known as Fat […]

Mamas, Do Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Plowboys

By LIL JOHN MCKEE CLARKSDALE, Mississippi He was fastidiously arranged; his tailored Italian suit was nearly as shiny as his $1,000 Ferragamos. Like his jacket, his coiffed mane appeared a bit too grand for his diminutive frame. His limp-noodle handshake had left me with a slight sensation of hand lotion on my palm. He leered […]

A picture is worth a thousand words

By Lil John McKee This week I want to demonstrate the theory that a picture is worth a thousand words. The following charts are courtesy of the Earth Policy Institute. They tell their own story about agriculture.

Water Wars – Will They Make it to the Mississippi Delta?

  (Clarksdale, Mississippi) By LIL JOHN MCKEE EDITORS NOTE: John McKee is a representative from Coahoma County to the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District (YMD). This thesis, including problem statement, analysis and conclusions are evident of doctoral level research.         In agricultural circles around the world, the Mississippi Delta is […]

The Perfect Triangle: 30, 40, 50

(Clarksdale, Mississippi) By POOR WILLIAM What do the numbers 30, 40, and 50 have to do with the perfect triangle? Well, Poor William, the well-known Girth Meister, just eased up a bit in size with his latest purchase of soft raiments–designed to make him a much grander paragon of sartorial splendor. He was telling his […]

Delta Dirt: Sand, Clay, and a River’s Love

By Lil John McKee (Clarksdale, Mississippi) Billy Howell, the Blogging Bohemian and editor-in-chief of, happens to be the writer’s best and oldest friend, which should indicate to the reader one of two possibilities: Howell is letting an otherwise untrained and incompetent writer drivel on about farming (the most searched-for word on all of Google, […]


By Lil John McKee Guest Bohemian (Clarksdale, Mississippi) Precisely. Following is an excerpt from an interview done last fall in the Clarksdale Press Register by the chief Delta Bohemian himself, Billy Howell. He interviewed me for the purpose of reducing into layman’s terms what exactly is “Precision Farming.” I thought he did a good job […]

Mississippi, Dixie Beer, Sweet Lucy, Ducks and Guns

The following submission for DINGUS BATTICUS’ column was a result of Lil John McKee’s recent duck hunting and beer swilling weekend with some college football teammates from over 30 years ago. Dingus shares a kindred spirit with his erudite agricultural icon–Lil John Mckee (Swamp Rat). Larry D–Larry Davis–one of the beer-swilling meatheads, wrote the following […]

Farming Haikus

(Clarksdale, Mississippi) By Lil John McKee This installment of Lil John’s Ag Corner (or whatever you homies want to call it) owes its origins to my favorite agricultural humorist, Mack Ray, a farmer near Marion Arkansas, who wrote several years for a national cotton magazine. Sadly, Mack is no longer entertaining the farming community with […]

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

By Pontificus Minimus (Clarksdale, Mississippi)  Now I lay me down to sleep. …I pray the Lord my soul to keep. [If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take]. Bless Momma and Daddy, Lou and Frank, Granny and Mammy, Vester and Nettie, John McKee, and everybody I love, and […]