Blues to the Bone

(First, gotta credit blues goddess Etta James with the post title.)

The US Columbus Day holiday is on Monday 8 October;  what are you doing this coming weekend?

Consider exploring American music in its birthplace.

Be a real guitar hero and head South to the heart of the Delta, because it’s time for the Helena, Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival  4-6 October 2007.  The Festival has always been free and boasts musical legends like Pinetop Perkins in this year’s lineup.

To take a break from the jams, drive south down legendary Highway 61 (across the river in Mississippi) and visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS.  It’s got Muddy Waters’ home from Stovall Plantation, where Alan Lomax recorded him for the Library of Congress in 1940.  Can you imagine never hearing that magic voice and guitar?  Thank you, Alan.

Clarksdale is also the place where I discovered blues maestro James Cotton.

While you’re there on Friday, tune into blues radio show King Biscuit Time, broadcast from Helena on KFFA 1360 AM radio since 1941.

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