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The Sweet Spot in Downtown Clarksdale!! When people speak of “Southern Hospitality,” they must be channeling this family-run music and food venue, once again, right in the middle of everything else that matters in Clarksdale.  Art and Carol Crivaro, along with daughter, Amanda, present much of the local blues talent, along with special guests on […]

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Until I just Googled this, I always referred to this Clarksdale jewel as HAMBONE ART GALLERY. Maybe it’s because I met and befriended Stan’s lovely and talented wife, DIXIE STREET first. Over the years, I visited, or attended one of their now-standard Tuesday night salons, and I could see both of them working hard to […]

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On my second trip to Clarksdale in May of 2010, I continued to meet new people and discover new wonders!!  Like moonshine, or simply, “‘Shine!”  It was from a sublime afternoon of sharing a bottle of ‘shine with a couple new friends that led to one of my most remarkable experiences in Clarksdale.  One of […]

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This has been my home in Clarksdale since my first visit to The Delta in 2008. It is no accident that I keep returning here because it fulfills my sense of a rural escape from town…any town. Staying out on this now historical HOPSON PLANTATION gives me the option to just sit on my porch […]

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Fifteen years ago when this club was established by world-famous actor MORGAN FREEMAN, his local business partner and friend, BILL LUCKETT, and Memphis entertainment executive, HOWARD STOVALL, I was dimly aware of this.  And occasional news articles kept insisting that Morgan Freeman eschewed the bright lights and big cities in favor of returning to his […]

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Some people refer to this, “Backed by the river, fronted by the grave” local icon as Red’s Blues Club; I think of it as one of the last juke joints. But if you visit it some evening when both locals and visitors alike are enjoying real blues talent, you may agree with Roger Stolle’s description […]

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I have refrained from writing about Mississippi until I was able to provide enough New Orleans and Cajun country material for the majority of requests I have received over the years. Indeed, my first love is New Orleans, in all of its diversity and excitement, but over the last eight years of travel to the […]

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Specifically, The Blues Delta…. Clarksdale, Rosedale, Merigold, Greenville, Leland, Indianola, Greenwood, Yazoo City, Bentonia, are my favorite spots for food, music, and friends. I’ve visited over 20 towns in the region, including blues singers’ grave sites, and other historical places, but I am more interested in just hanging with friends or entertainment. So called juke […]

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