The latest media acknowledgement comes
from The Independent, a British newspaper,
which printed a long feature on Mississippi that includes
the comment, "The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale brilliantly
reveals how much that would reach around the world emerged
from a particular time and place." Thanks for the compliment!
From way up north, we heard from some blues fans/friends
that their boat, named "McKinley Morganfield"
after Muddy Waters' birth name, had survived Hurricane Sandy's
winds and flooding. Talk about "high water everywhere"! We're
glad to hear that the S.S. McKinley Morganfield rode out that
super storm in high style-its mojo must have been really workin'.
And we heard from Libby Rae Watson, who
was "representin'" the Museum in her DBM sweatshirt-as she
says, "wrapped up In the warmth of the Delta Blues." Libby
was performing at the Sam Chatmon festival in Hollandale,
We hope you'll come visit us soon so we can "represent"
our great musical history for you in person. We're open
Monday-Saturdays except for Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1,
Thanks for your continued and future support!
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal
John Hurt display. Photo: Lee Pharr
John Hurt: "Hoping to Make a Success".
wall display outlines the life of Mississippi
John Hurt, whose rediscovery in the '60s
helped start the blues revival boom. From Avalon,
MS, south of the Delta, Hurt was often paired with
Delta musicians in performances on the university
and coffeehouse concert circuit. Many artists have
covered his songs, including Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan,
and Jerry Garcia. Special thanks to the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Center of Cannon
exhibit features photos by Michael Scanlan
taken from the film of the same name. Prints of these
photos are available for sale. A portion of the sales
proceeds go to support the DBM Arts & Education
program. Check with the DBM Gift Shop for
Years of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival"
of posters that spans the 25 years of the annual Clarksdale
event. Lots of names, lots of color, lots of archival
photos-a lot of blues history in two dozen posters.
Give My Poor Heart
features photos from the book of the same name by
pioneering southern folklorist William Ferris
who toured Mississippi in the 60s and 70s, documenting
African Americans as they spoke about and performed
the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic
roots of the blues. Here are the stories of blues
musicians who represent a wide range of musical traditions--from
one-strand instruments, bottle-blowing, and banjo
to spirituals, hymns, and prison work chants.
The music photographer
who helped rediscover House in the '60s and who managed
his concerts during that era's blues revival. For
more on House, see our "Follow Son House"
web feature on our home page: click
has teamed with harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite
for Get Up!, "a song-cycle
of struggle and heart," slated for release by Stax
Records/Concord Music Group on January 29th,
I have been looking to make this record for over ten
years, " says Harper. "Ben and I really locked in,
personally and musically, when we recorded with John
Lee Hooker, " adds Musselwhite. "Ever since then we
wanted to record together and being in the studio
together is just a natural. You can hear it and feel
it in the music on "Get Up!"
A mix of blues, gospel, roots, and R&B, Get Up! features
10 musical character studies, written or co-written
by Harper, with Musselwhite's point/counter-point
harmonica accentuating Harper's vocals and guitar
Mr. Musselwhite . . . we've got a
Museum Artist Spotlight Feature on
him on our Web site that includes the video trailer
for "Get Up!". To view,
click here .
Lambfish Art Company and Foxtrot
Pottery are hosting a Christmas Open House on Thursday,
Dec 13th, from 6-9 pm in downtown Clarksdale.
Stop by for holiday shopping, refreshments, and some Delta-style
Sunflower Concert at Ground Zero Blues Club, November
Panny Flautt Mayfield
Last month was rockin' in Clarksdale, with
the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival's
Annual Thanksgiving eve party that packed Ground
Zero Blues Club, just across the street from the
Museum. The event featured a preview of local artists booked
for its 2013 Festival lineup, including (from left to right)
Heather Crosse, Jacqueline Nassar (a graduate of the DBM
Arts and Education program), Josh "Razor Blade" Stewart,
and Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman.
The skill and commitment of these local
artists reminds us that the Delta Blues
story is an ongoing one, with contemporary musicians
and their fans continuing to enjoy one of the great music
cultures of the world right here in Clarksdale.
Traylor of Northwest Rankin High recreates her award-winning
"Stella!" shout at GZBC
Dr. Anne Brooks Reception, October 30th
Residents from around the Delta came to
the Museum to thank to Dr. Anne Brooks,
an osteopath and nun who was awarded Physician of
the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.
Brooks, who is 74, has been working at the nearby Tutwiler
Clinic for 29 years. Her clinic also serves Clarksdale,
with 10 percent of its patients coming from this community.
Brooks isn't from Mississippi, but she's learned something
about the Delta. "The people here are very loving people,"
she said. "They're very caring people and they want, as
much as anyone, to have a better life. And having a better
life begins by having better health."
Tennesee Williams Festival Student Drama Competition,
The number one attraction at Clarksdale's 20th Mississippi
Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, held October 12-13, was
the Student Drama Competition.
Performing monologues and scenes from Tennessee
Williams plays, the fledgling actors earned praise and advice
from theater professionals, and cash awards for their school
drama departments. The prizes, donated by Coahoma Community
College, promote the works of Tennessee Williams, who lived
in Clarksdale as a child and wrote nine plays about the
Delta. The competition took place in CCC's newly renovated
Georgia Lewis Theatre and opened with a breakfast hosted
by the Chamber of Commerce and the Coahoma County Tourism
Commission. Kappi Allen, tourism director, was in charge
of the competition; the judges were out-of-town theater
professionals . The winning students recreated their performances
at Ground Zero Blues Club later in the day.
The DBM Arts and Education Program's teachers
and students transformed themselves into the DBM
Band yet again to be a part of two Christmas parades.
They kicked off the holiday festivities with a float in
the Jonestown Christmas Parade on December 3rd and then
in the Clarksdale Christmas Parade on December 6th to cap
off a very jolly week. With the aid of a generator kindly
loaned to the museum by teacher Bill Perry,
a truck loaned by friends David and Leah Carr, and a trailer
loaned by friend Lenora Commer, the kids were able to play
blues and Christmas songs as they rode along through the
crowd-lined streets of both downtowns. The kids and teachers
had a great time, and the dancing of the crowd and even
Santa Claus (on the float in front of them), let us know
that everyone else was enjoying their music too! Many thanks
to Mr. and Mrs. Carr, Mr. Perry, and Ms. Commer for making
the DBM's parade participation possible.
Our parade season continues, as we are already looking
forward to participating in Clarksdale's Martin
Luther King Parade on January 5, 2013.
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter
pages for more details!
The DBM Band's first CD, From Kansas City to
Clarksdale, Vol. 1, is available from the
DBM online Store--just $10!
We are offering just 24 of these Limited
Edition Crossroads Hoodies as a special
item for our Deeper Roots campaign.
Deeper Roots is our fundraising initiative for new
and expanded Museum exhibits in our new Muddy Waters
Addition. For a $100 donation,
we'll send you this special Hoodie. Two-thirds
of the proceeds-$65-go to the Deeper Roots fund.
These Hoodies make a perfect holiday gift-make someone
special happy while you contribute to our new Muddy
Waters exhibits. Order
Our Crossroads tees are back in
stock. All sizes, in black, with a colorful Crossroads
graphic on the back, a small DBM logo on front.
We also have the Crossroads poster,
with the same image. Just $15.
Still looking for that perfect
gift for your blues buddy? How about Blues,
Booze, and BBQ, an oversize photo book
that shows 150 miles of Highway 61 from Memphis to
Leland, with a special focus on Clarksdale? With colorful
photos of juke joints, festival, and private events
that show the Delta blues culture at work and play,
it's like a party between pages! Put on some Delta
Blues as a soundtrack, break out the eats and drinks,
and enjoy the sights of the Delta.
is another book that makes
a perfect gift. With 100 large color photos of blues
sites and events in and around Clarksdale, and an
essay by blues historian Scott Barretta, it shows
that the blues are alive and well in the Delta.
All items available through our online
Be sure to visit the Delta Blues Museum
Shop for additional items and memorabilia.
|Delta Blues Museum
Board of Directors
William H. Gresham, President
Yvonne Stanford, Secretary
Dr. Frank Marascalco
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