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Robert Nighthawk

“Nobody else could play a slide like him.  They think they can but they can’t…. I ain’t never heard anybody play a slide like Robert Nighthawk.  It’s wailin’ man.” Thats what everybody said about Robert Lee McCollum,  aka.  Robert Nighthawk.  He was born on November 30, 1909 near Searcy, Arkansas.  Many modern day blues artists learned… Read More ›

Sam Carr

Sam Carr was born April 17, 1926 in Marvel, Arkansas.  Marvel is a small town in Phillips County, just west of Helena.  His parents were Robert Lee and Mary McCollum.  Sam’s birth name was Samuel Lee McCollum ,so how did he become Sam Carr?  Who were Robert Lee and Mary McCollum?  Sam’s father was a… Read More ›

Ground Zero Blues

I stopped by and tried Ground Zero Blues in Clarksdale,Mississippi for lunch today.  Ground Zero is set up to be like a juke house and they do have live blues concerts there on the weekends.  It is a very unique place to eat and there seem to be signatures everywhere you look from the seat… Read More ›

33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival

The 33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival kicked off October 3rd and ran until Saturday, October 6th.  Thousands of people visited Cherry Street and listened to some great music on a variety of stages.  Vendors closed the street off early as hundreds of tourists began to arrive and many of them set up camp sites… Read More ›

James Cotton

James Cotton was born July 1, 1935 in Tunica, Mississippi. As a young boy, he was given a harmonica as a Christmas present and soon he had it mastered. Listening to Sonny Boy Williamson broadcasting at King Biscuit Time on the radio, he knew what his future would be. When he was nine, after his… Read More ›

Sonny Boy Williamson

Alex Rice Miller was born around 1912 near Glendora, Mississippi. He traveled around the Delta playing his harmonica. In 1948, he rose to attention after the first Sonny Boy Williamson was murdered in Chicago. Miller took the name and said he had invented it first. Sonny Boy Williamson II began playing on the King Biscuit… Read More ›

Charley Patton

Charley Patton was known as the “Father of the Delta Blues” and has inspired many musicians who came after him.  He was born on May 1, 1891 in Hinds County, Mississippi.  He began playing the guitar at an early age and was soon traveling along the Mississippi River singing the Blues.  It is believed Patton… Read More ›

“Sunshine” Sonny Payne

John William Payne, better known as “Sunshine ” Sonny Payne is a legend around Helena, Arkansas and the entire Blues scene. He started and presented the King Biscuit Time radio show on KFFA in Helena, Arkansas from 1951 until his death. This is the longest running radio show in history and the Delta Cultural Center… Read More ›

Delta Blues Museum

Take my word, it is definitely worth a visit whether you are a blues fan or not After leaving, you will be a blues fan though.

Front Street Block B, Lula, MS

the building on the left This was the site of the Keesee Building. It was a white stucco building of Spanish design with red tiles running along the front top porch. There were round windows along the side. Two windows on either side of a screened in door were at the front. The Keesee Building… Read More ›

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