Tuesday, September 27, 2022

HottyToddy Hometown: Clarksdale, Mississippi

Blues town music store, Clarksdale, Miss
Blues town music store, Clarksdale, Miss

The city of Clarksdale is in Coahoma county and nestled in the Mississippi Delta. The town of Clarksdale is a place called home to many blues musicians. 
Clarksdale was once known as the “The Golden Buckle on the Cotton Belt,” for all the fertile soil in the delta region. John Clark founded the town in 1848 when he bought the land and started a timber business.
Clarksdale is just 90 minutes south of the Memphis International Airport and once home to such blues greats at Son House, John Lee Hooker, Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, Earl Hooker, Lil Green, Big Jack Johnson and many many others.
Next weekend is the 11th annual Juke Joint Festival in downtown Clarksdale.
Juke Joint Festival is “half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta.” It celebrates our past AND living history by presenting over 100 blues acts during the course of the weekend — most of them Mississippi or Southern, many in their 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s! This is the real-deal Mississippi blues festival that you’ve read about. It is like no other in the world.

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