Monday, October 14, 2013

More blues in Clarksdale

Our final day in Clarksdale consisted of wall to wall blues. In the morning several bluesmen were playing in downtown, including Bill Perry with his daughter Shy and Cash McCall, Big George Brock and  young guitarist and singer Lucious Spiller. Then it was off to  the Hopson Plantation for the annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming. I first went to Hopsons in 2005 with Alan Lloyd and Ken Major when Pinetop was there in person and stayed in the Shack Up Inn there in 2008. This time there were loads of blues people playing in the Commissary, the chapel and outside the  shacks, including blues legend James Cotton,  Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore, Bob Stroger, Daryl Davis and Terry 'Harmonica' Bean. Lots of people there watching, but a pretty good afternoon. James Cotton can hardly speak now but he can still play a mean harp.
In the evening, after a seafood meal, we finished off at Red's juke joint where there a blues jam, including Lucious Spiller. The place was packed but the quality of the blues was excellent. Now it's off through Arkansas and back to Houston for the flight home. A great trip once again.
Nick Cobban.


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