Bill Abel, Andrea Vlonk, Magical Madge, Becky Bobo Williams at Shack Up Inn

European Reflects on the Birthplace of the Blues

Initially, it was the history of Clarksdale, Birthplace of the Blues, that made me want to visit. Nearly all of the great old blues musicians lived in/around Clarksdale, or frequented the place at a certain point. We're talking big names here: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson ll, Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton and so on. There must have been something about the Delta that encouraged musical genius, and I wanted to see for myself where these men lived. Even though a century has passed, there are things that do not change, and many things have literally not been touched for years. … [Read More...]