French Quarter, busking (playing on the street) for a couple of hours for the first time anywhere. Some tips came in, but then so did the bums, pickpockets and hustlers,. Couldn't leave town fast enough, but got some food that made up for it all. Headed west back to Baton Rouge looking for highway 61 north to Clarksdale, Mississippi the heart of the Delta Blues country, spring 2016.
Stopped into the Kuttin Corners Barber Shop along Highway 61 on the way north to Mississippi and met some of the barbers and clients seeking information. Asked them about the local, old school Blues scene. ....."What old Blues scene?" So I brought a guitar and cigar box guitar in and played some Howlin Wolf and old Blues and they realized I wasn't from Venus. They moved with the music. Daschaun told me about Teddy's up the road and roughly how to get there. It was close to quitin time and some tips where thrown into the guitar case on the floor, which blew me away. Daschaun ...."have a good trip", spring 2016.
Teddy's Juke Joint, found it back in the woods, and met Teddy. He let me do a set and stayed there a couple of days visiting with him. Teddy gave me people to meet and numbers to call in the towns and on the roads to the North into the Mississippi Delta, Spring 2016. Liked the old sounds and invited me back. On a return stop in the fall of 2017 a major storm knocked out a tree in his yard that took out the power to the club, which was dark. We just drank beers and talked on the Blues. Will be back there.
Sat with some locals on the couches in front of the Washateria and Barber Shop and got some dancing going in the street, hot Sat afternoon, summer, 2016.
Opened the Clarksdale Busker Festival in front of Cat Head under Reno Slide, my first sometimes stage name, fall, 2017
Jammed with Mr. Walter Cooper (who grew up and played with Lonnie Pitchford) for a few days at his house
Jammed with Mr. Walter Cooper, Mr. Bobby Whalen(of indianola who played with BB King, Muddy Waters and others), Mule (JC) Stevens at Mule's Juke Joint behind his house. Three hours one Saturday afternoon, with local bass players and drummers and singers sitting in it got down (sample live recording), Spring 2017.
Open mic at the Nuyorcian Poets Cafein the lower East side of Manhattan. Played, then they called me back to close the show surrounded by 8 rappers and the whole crowd dancing. An amazing night, summer, 2017.
Met the folks at Blues Heaven (old Chess Studio) at 2120 Michigan Ave now owned by the Willie Dixon family. They got me into the open mic jam session at the Motor Row Brewing blues club that night, where I played an open mic tune in front of the Willie Dixon Original Chicago Blues Allstars Friday night, late summer 2017, positive vibe for the old school porch Delta Blues sound and met the band, lead by Freddie Dixon, Willie's son.
Later that night played the open mic at Rosa's Lounge. The harp player I met in the first jam took me over there.
Saturday again we met up again in the audition room, ground floor of Chess Studios and jammed for three hours. The dream, was in the dream. And we worked on some songs together. Gracious and open through the music in dreamland the whole time.
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Jammed for a local crowd gathered at the lean to in in front on Aikies Record Shopby Mr. David "Fox" Caldwell, 91 who has owned the place for 50 some years. Good vibes and met folks who arranged a campsite for the night at the Holly Springs Motorsports drag strip before I drove to Columbus, Mississippi.
Played for a crowd of locals and some of their young kids in front of the Rainbow Disco Juke Joint in the center of town, after the Sam Chapman Festival stage next door closed down for the night.
Played the open mic at Barbara Swindol Elbow Room Bar where "Son" Thomas (some music) was first recorded, fall 2017. She grew up with her sister and Dad who used to take they by there and came back from California to run with her dream.
Jammed with Mr. Jimmy Duck Holmes a couple of times passing through at his Blue Front Cafe, the oldest Junk Joint in Mississippi, on the porch in the fall of 2017. He invited me back.
Played and composed (Originals) on the porch of the Blue Front Cafe during the Easter Sunrise service going on in the Baptist Church across the tracks. This is where Mr. Jimmy grew up along with Jack Elliot, Skip James and the Bendonia Devil Blues style was born and around that porch.
Met and jammed with Mr. Walter Cooper in the crowd at the 2016 Bentonia Blues Festival
Burts Lounge open mic 5Feb18 for a couple of hours after I pulled off the Interstate 40 headed to the Mississippi Delta via Mardi Gras. Great crowd, vibe, scene and night. Thanks Burt bar keeps and sound man. Great night. Camped on the highway headed east.
Frank Jones Corner (FJC) that opens at midnight. Got called up to play by Mr. Sherman Lee Dillon thanks to Linda Walker and played the 1966 Stella six string lap slide. Tick Tock was the drummer right on time and spectacular bass and sax players made it sound good. 3Mar18
Front yard of Mr Walter Cooper. Recorded several hours when we played, getting ready. 10Mar18
Reds Juke Joint, played all night for Red and a few friends over some oysters and gumbo, 14Mar18.
Played Reds as the headliner. Small but great audience, totally into the Porch Blues sounds. Sweden, Florida, Baltimore and Silver Spring, Maryland (one of my home towns). Good night and a big start.
John Horton called me up on stage for their break and I played some slide and 12 string at the Walnut Street Blues Bar on Walnut Street, downtown at the foot of the levee. The crowd, some didn't know what to think, some loved it. The band, everyone of them came up with some good words at 2 when the show closed. Real good words. 30Mar18.
Met Lonnie in the Barber shop on the bayou uptown that was still open at midnight . He told me about a Choctaw place up the road. The street was alive out front. Too alive later with some gun fire that broke out and I got down to Choctaw. Saturday, 31Mar18.
Small, no town, but big crowd, flashing lights out in the fields. Too late to stop in. But played for them the next evenin. 'Man all that was way before I was born. We're into southern soul here' at the Sugar Shack, a fine place. 1Apr18. Went out onto old Highway 61 out front and played to the ghosts passing by and the Chicago train tracks that had been torn up long ago. Ended up on a Love Johnson Road out there. 1Apr18.
Bessimer, Alabama, Mr Gip invited me to play on the break at his place. 10Apr18