Watcha Been Doin In and Around Clarksdale? Posted 7-7-11

Watcha Been Doin In and Around Clarkdale?

Posted 7-7-11


Fran and Tom Ross of Clarksdale. Photo by The Delta Bohemian

Fran and Tom Ross of Clarksdale. Photo by The Delta Bohemian

So, what have you been doin’ in and around Clarksdale and Coahoma County and beyond? The long days of summer are upon us and movement around town is slow and laid back. In fact, Clarksdale seems a bit deserted. Wait, could it be that Poor William and Magical Madge have been holed up inside the Salon de Boheme caught up in family and life. Yeah. I’d say you are correct.

However, Poor William did happen upon the wonderful Missie Craig’s Going Away We Appreciate You More Than You Will Know and We Will Miss You Bunches Retirement Party as Library Director for Clarksdale’s Carnegie Public Library. Missie, say it ain’t so!!! We will miss you very, very much!!!

Our best to Sarah Crisler-Ruskey who will be the new Assistant Director of the library. We know you will do a fine job, Sarah. See ya around the stacks!

Poor William enjoyed three fine weeks frolicking with 3 of his 4 wonderful children. Many an hour was spent in Redbone and Miss Cheri’s fine cement pond. Ahhhh, Summertime.

The Delta Bohemian ran into Delta Bohemian Photographer Chuck Lamb and his fair maiden, also a Delta Bohemian, Rosemary Craven Dill at the Delta Blues Museum during the recent Son House: A Retrospective – Photo Exhibit Opening Reception with the great Dick Waterman in attendance. We were triply impressed with Sir Chuck’s camera and it’s vice-like contraption which allowed for a landscape/portrait/landscape/portrait lightening switcharoo while never moving his equally impressive flash…all the while his fair maiden held in her hand, much like our Lady Liberty, a stealth remote flash with secret properties. We asked Chuck to supply us with a few of his snapshots from the night and he obliged our request. Thanks, Chuck, for helping us out!!

Florence Corinne Vance, Delta Bohemian Young & Free Columnist. Photo taken in 1997 by Delta Bohemian Chuck Lamb of

Corinne Vance, Delta Bohemian Young and Free Columnist. Photo taken in 1996 by Delta Bohemian Chuck Lamb

Please visit Chuck’s website, Chuck has been perfecting his amazing craft for many years in his successful business, Lambs Photography. He loves his work and is a great guy, too. If you have a party you want to remember, a special event, a wedding, or you just want some up-to-date shots of yourself or a loved one, Chuck is the man in these parts! Visit his studio at 108 Leflore Avenue in downtown Clarksdale or call Chuck at 662-902-7105 or try his email, [email protected].

Check out this photograph to the right taken by Chuck of YOUNG & FREE writer Corinne Vance back in 1996ish when she was around 4 years old. What a great moment in time you captured.


Also, check out Poor Williams’ LOST DUCKS VIDEO. Too cute.

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RUST Restaurant in Clarksdale, MSRust is on VACATION!

CLOSED until Wednesday, July 13th at 6pm!

Thursday, July 14th – Justin Zamm, 7pm
Saturday, July 16th – Heather Crosse & Lee Williams, 7:30pm

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THE DEN – New! (220 Yazoo, Clarksdale)

The new annex of the Rock ‘n Blues Museum. Saturday nights: live music TBA 7:00-10:00pm. Non-smoking, family oriented environment.



Thursday 7:10-Midnight, July 7th at THE DEN

Congratulations, Paula!


7:10pm-7: 30pm         Heather Crosse/Heavy Suga’ & the Sweet Tones

7:40pm-8:00pm        Mr. Johnny Billington

8:15pm-8: 35pm          Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry

8:50pm-9: 10pm          Richard “Daddy Rich” Crisman

9:20pm-9: 40pm         James “Super Chikan” Johnson

9:55pm-10: 15pm        Anthony “Big A” Sherrod

10:30pm-10: 50pm    All Night Long Blues Band

11:10pm-11: 30pm     TCB Blues Band

11:40pm-12:00am    Joshua “Razor Blade” Stewart

Thursday night in Clarksdale, there is a Blues Jam to raise funds for a 15 year old young lady, Paula,  who has been chosen to return to Berkelee School of Music for a second year.  Although she has received a scholarship, she has to cover some of her own expenses which is the reason for this event.

The Den is a venue which has been restored and is owned by Theo and Cindy Dashbach who also own the Blues & Rock Museum. THE DEN IS A SMOKE FREE, ALCOHOL FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY venue with a “water bar”, soft drinks and snacks.

All help will be appreciated. If someone wants to make a donation but cannot attend, please call Maie Smith, 662-624-6820. Or mail donations to P O Box 459, Clarksdale, MS  38614…..clearly marked “for Paula-Berklee”.

Paula Thompson receiving her 2010 summer scholarship this spring with (from left) Berklee professor Lenny Stallworth, Delta Blues Museum director Shelley Ritter, and Delta Blues Museum's gift shop director Christopher Coleman. Photo courtesy of Berklee Blogs

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BLUESBERRY CAFE (Yazoo Street, Clarksdale, 662-627-7008)

Monday Spaghetti night: Live music with Sean “Bad” Apple

You never know what surprise musicians will show up here!

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Monday nights: Acoustic music with RONNIE DREW and complimentary hors d’oeuvres!

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Tuesdays nights: live blues or roots music. 7:00PM til
July 12th – Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry
July 19th – Sean “Bad” Apple
July 26th – Anthony “Big A” Sherrod

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Saturdays: (non-event weekends) PIANO RED 12:00PM

CHECK OUT Cat Head’s amazing listing of LIVE MUSIC IN THE DELTA.

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Corner of  Sunflower Avenue and MLK Dr.

Friday, July 8th – James “T-MODEL” Ford & Stud
Saturday, July 9th – Robert “WOLFMAN” Belfour

Live Music Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Often Red’s has music on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights.

Red Paden, owner of Red's Blues Lounge and Mark Norman. Photo by The Delta Bohemian

Red Paden, owner of Red's Blues Lounge and Mark Norman. Photo by The Delta Bohemian

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Wednesday – Saturday nights: Live Music. Check the GZBC website for up-to-date event information.
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July 22-24 – Friday through Sunday – SECOND ANNUAL OXFORD BLUES FEST
Oxford, Mississippi

Annual blues festival. 662-259-7190. GREAT LINE-UP includes Magic Slim, Eddie C. Campbell, Duwayne Burnside, Mark “Mule Man” Massey, Aaron Moore, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, King Edward, Dennis Fountain, AM Band, Hancock Company, Effie Burt, Ginger St. James, Cadillac Funk, Heavy Suga, Ben Peyton, Kenny Brown, Afrissippi, John Kun, Maybellelovers, Jay Lang, Terry “Big T” Williams, Billy Earnhardt, Patrick McClary, Marlena Jarjoura and more!!

July 23 – Friday – WEVL’s Blues on the Bluff

Memphis, Tennessee
23rd annual event on the grounds of the Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis. Starring the Bo Keys, Blind Mississippi Morris and Lightnin’ Malcolm & Cameron Kimbrough! 6pm-11pm. See web site for details.

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Delta Bohemian, rider of the Honda VTX 1800 (like his podna Poor William), man of many talents, and all around great guy, Brian “Big B” Mayo, owner and operator of Cammo Small Engines, located at 445 Jefferson Avenue in Clarksdale, Mississippi, recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. And Mrs. Rodney Parkey from Scobey, MS with a RFDTV Bad Boy Mower worth $8,000.Parkey entered the Bad Boy Zero-Turn Mower and Utility Vehicle contest.

Bad Boy, Inc., the makers of Bad Boy Mowers, located in Batesville, Arkansas, began operations only 13 years ago, and now comprises over 200,000 square feet in Batesville.

Mayo’s motto at Cammo Small Engines is, “If we ain’t got it, can’t get it, you don’t need it!” Cammo offers sales, service, and repairs on all types of small engines and power equipment.

Big B works on Poor William’s motorcycle, and he is kinda particular about who touches the V-Twin vibrating monster. For all your sales and service needs, give Cammo a call and let them put their 21-years of experience to work for you! And, tell ‘em Poor William sent ya!

Cammo Small Engines, 662-627-7305,, [email protected]

Ride in style like "Super Chikan" Johnson with this electric 4x4 from Cammo Small Engines in Clarksdale.

Ride in style like "Super Chikan" Johnson with this electric 4x4 from Cammo Small Engines in Clarksdale.



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  1. Thanks for the latest DB. Three things: Awesome vegetables from y’all’s garden (I’m impressed), interesting contemporary cotton chopping photos, and a big congrats to Missie and team on their retirements!

    • Thanks, Roger. Missie’s retirement was under the radar for me, unfortunately. AND I had no idea anyone else retired!!! Who else retired? I hated I missed the celebration.

      You like tomatoes?! We have some plus a big pot of fresh vegetable soup. Want some?

  2. Here’s info on the retirements at the library (via
    “Four longtime staffers are retiring from Carnegie Public Library (CPL), Clarksdale, MS. Missie Craig, Director, has worked at CPL from 1974–85 and from 1995 to the present. Charlotte Huddleston has been Technical Services Librarian for 40 years. Linda White has been Reference Librarian for 41 years. Carolyn Williams has been Technical Services Assistant for 26 years. Carrie Peggs is named Interim Director and Sarah Ruskey is Assistant Director.” They had a very nice (and nicely attended) retirement event at the library.

    ALSO, I’m a CRAZY about homegrown tomatoes… and veggie soup sounds awesome. Please! (I’ll happily trade you a Cat Head hat or shirt or something.)

  3. Jimmy Giles says:

    Now that I know where your info is located, I’ll be back
    Thanks for including me with two of our local “City Fathers”
    both of whom are high on my list of people who have the best interest of C’dale at heart.
    Y’all are doing a great job with your site…..keep on doing what you’re doing.

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