Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale

What’s going on in town this week? Clarksdale, Mississippi VIDEOS IN POST Beat the Winter blues!  Leave the cabin fever behind with Clarksdale, Mississippi’s SOUNDS AROUND TOWN.  “Live” blues music and more — 7 nights a week, y’all! Here’s the weekly Sounds Around Town in Clarksdale that starts Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Also, plan now for April’s […]

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 […]

Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down in Clarksdale Town

Slow roll the streets of Clarksdale with Chilly Billy Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down in Clarksdale Town [VIDEOS] On a Sunday morning sidewalk I’m wishing, Lord, that I was stoned ‘Cause there’s something in a Sunday That makes a body feel alone And there’s nothing short a’ dying That’s half as lonesome as the sound Of […]

Clarksdale Super Blues Sunday PHOTOS 2010-2015

The Sunday following King Biscuit Blues Festival is the Best Day in Clarksdale! Clarksdale Super Blues Sunday, or my favorite day in Clarksdale, is October 9, 2016. Have you made your plans to attend yet?! In the past I have referred to the special time as the Best Day in Clarksdale but am digging this term Clarksdale […]

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 […]

Christone Kingfish Ingram Clarksdale Blues Prodigy

He is a Mississippi Delta Boy and he is going viral! By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi VIDEO and PHOTOS Christon Kingfish Ingram is a “bad boy” to be such a good boy; meaning his always improving guitar skills place him on par with some of the finest guitarists to ever have plucked some strings. Clarksdalians and […]

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…

Lucious Spiller Band at Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale

Kickin’ Off a New Year of Blues for Twenty Fifteen By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi VIDEO & PHOTOS “I really didn’t shoot her; I just kicked her to the curb!” — Lucious Spiller Last year’s Solo International Blues Challenge second place winner, the indomitable Lucious Spiller, gave a rave performance Saturday night at Red’s Lounge […]

Red Paden Birthday Bash at Red’s Lounge

He says he is now 17! By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO AND PHOTOS Sunday night was a time of great festivity for Clarksdalians— natives, transplants, and miscreants—who love Red Paden and his world-renowned, one-of-a-kind, ain’t-nothing-like-it blues lounge. We celebrated Red’s birthday in typical Red’s Lounge fashion: cold beer, warm BBQ, hot […]

Easy Like Pedi Cabbing on Sunday to Red’s Blues Club

Jean-Claude Droux Jammin’ in the Mississippi Delta By POOR WILLIAM Clarksdale, Mississippi  (VIDEO and PHOTOS) Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta are made all the richer due to folks from the world over who consistently return year after year to get their Delta fixes: blues, good eats, fair weather, cold beer, and most importantly,

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Juke Joint Juggernaut

The Worm Has Turned for Clarksdale By POOR WILLIAM CLARKSDALE, Mississippi  — PHOTOS IN POST Whoomp, there it went! Clarksdale’s 11th Annual Juke Joint Festival was insane, rad, gnarly, cool, groovy, boss, far-out, epic, and DA BOMB-ay! I AIN’ LYIN’! Ask just about anyone who has been to more than one Juke Joint Festival and they might tell […]

Madge Marley Howell loves Red’s Blues Club

Young & Free Columnist Corinne Vance There is no place like Clarksdale’s Red’s Blues Club, Red’s Place, Red’s Lounge, Red’s Whatever-you-want-to-call-it, in the world. Not only is it full of talent and people who appreciate it, but it is also a place where you can be free to be you without one judgement coming your […]

There’s Something to Say for Going Astray – by Corinne Vance

Young & Free Columnist By CORINNE VANCE (includes photo gallery) It’s more than easy to get caught in the routine of doing the same thing over and over again. As human beings we are naturally creatures of habit. I have begun to notice that this is especially true in the case of making plans to […]

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 […]

Displaced Deltan Falls in Love with Hill Country Blues. It happens!

By POOR WILLIAM, a tone-deaf blues-aficionado (Clarksdale, Mississippi) VIDEO and PHOTOS Familiar tale? “Hey man, we didn’t appreciate what was in our own backyard; now we get it!” Could be a statement made by thousands of folks recognizing later in life what was inherent at the genesis. For Poor William, it was the blues! I […]

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 […]