Here's the second batch of photos from our US trip. There was a big British contingent at the Ponderosa Stomp and here are a few of them lined up outside the Howlin' Wolf club: (left to right) Dave C, Dave T, Lee, Seamus, Seamus's son, Dickie Tapp, John Broven, an American friend. Photos of the Stomp itself next time. In the meantime here are some more pix of the days leading up to it.
This is Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts at their record launch show at Mimi's in the Marigny in New Orleans.
There were quite a few Woodies at the show, including Paul Waring, who for some reason started dancing with a chair. Don't ask me why.
I went to some of the Ponderosa Stomp conference events at the Renaissance Arts Hotel on one of the days. Here is Carol Fran being interviewed there.
And here is Bobby Rush at the same event.
On our first evening in New Orleans we went to see the Joe Krown band at the Rock 'n' Bowl.
Big Sam's Funky Nation were playing for free at Lafayette Square in New Orleans the day we arrived. This was the first of a series of free gigs taking place there during the autumn (fall I should say).
Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi, attracts people from all around because of its excellent steaks. Even Bill Clinton has eaten there.
What they don't tell you when you look at the menu is the price. Two of us opted for the fillet steak and were a bit shocked when we saw the price - 36 dollars. The steak was delicious though.
The Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland, Mississippi, is worth checking out. While we were there blues singer Pat Thomas drew some folk art cartoon cats. Here's a photo of him with the group.
Another museum worth visiting is the new B B King Museum in his home town, Indianola. A lot of money has been spent on making this a really excellent place to go.
Club Ebony in Indianola - one of the most famous juke joints in the south - is now owned by B B King.
Here's me in Tutwiler, Mississippi, where W C Handy 'discovered' the blues. Sonny Boy Williamson's grave is nearby.
Finally, for Dave C, here's a photo of the Ground Floor blues band at Beale on Broadway in St Louis.