The Clarksdale Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival which ran August 13, 14, 15 was well worth the ride (even on Mississippi roads). 

Unlike so many other music festivals, this was about the music, not the almighty dollar.  With free admission, reasonable food and beverage prices, the friendly people of Clarksdale, and unbelievable music - this festival is already on my calendar for next year.

The only disappointment of the trip was the absense of John Lee Hooker (too ill to attend).  Hopefully we'll get to see him in 2000.

The Infamous CrossRoads where Robert Johnson did his deal with the devil.
Standin' at the Crossroad. . .

We had to stop in Tupelo to visit the Birthplace of Elvis
Me at the Birth Place of Elvis - Tupelo, Mississippi
 

A few of the items inside the Delta Blues Museum

Lucille
Lucille
Deal At The Crossroads
Deal At The Crossroads
The MuddyWood
The MuddyWood

Clarksdale Landmarks . . .

John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Bessie Smith
Carmen's pawn Shop with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Bessie Smith
Riverside Hotel - the Home of the Delta Blues
The Riverside Hotel - current owner on porch (passed down from his mother)

Clarksdale Station
Blues Alley
Main Stage and Future Home of the Delta Blues Museum
Main Stage and future home of the Delta Blues Museum
 
 

A few of the performers


James "Super Chikan" Johnson & The Fighting Cocks Charlie Musselwhite James "Super Chikan" Johnson
Robert "Bilbo" Walker aOtis Clay
North Mississippi Allstars John Mohead
Eddie C. Campbell

Finally,
When ya gotta go . . .
When ya gotta go . . .



 

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