From graceland to the delta blues
May 01, 2005
May 01, 2006
Well I went to meet Elvis at th every American home of Graceland. $20.00 visit doesn't even see everything and there is about 1 million a year going through. Neat display and crazy King diehards. The Pyramid Museum is hosting a bike show. About 30 bike from 1890 - 2006. Really well done but only for for those like bikes. Crossed over the bridge and then South into Mississippi. Guide books says Clarksdale - o.k. Best move ever - never take the Interstate you will miss so much. Black gospel pumping from the churches today. Clarksdale is claimed as the home of the delta blues. Museum and about 18,000 people. Mostly black. Stopped at Central firehall. The Assist. Chief is a historian and blues player. Comes right down and takes me on a 4 hr tour!! Went to original graves, the real railway crossing where they Tim Johnson sold his soul to the devil to play guitar. Luther King St and the Rail crossing. Church where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke twice, Morgan freeman's restaurnat and bar called ground zero, Old Indian graves along the river, and then to an amazing old cotton mill where I would stay the night. Converted Slave shacks original state except they now have AC and toilets. Rustic, full of antiques and junk. check it out Hwy 41, 61 Hopkins - Clarksdale, MI! The two girls working there for the summer take me out to Reds. I would describe it a boarded up old convenience store in the middle of dark streets. To the locals - it is called a Juke Joint. A real blues bar like it was 150 years ago. Jam night. Intense! Red is the big black owner behind the dirty bar serving $3 Tall boy beers and pool games. I am taking 61 South today to New Orleans - or somewhere near. Another hot day.....too hot. Gave Shifty a fluid change at Walmart.