January 29, 2022
The multi-talented -- and now Grammy-nominated bluesman, Guy Davis, is featured in this episode.
I met Guy in Clarksdale, MS at his first "official" Juke Joint Festival, and learned that Guy is also an author, a teacher, a Broadway and film and television actor, who portrayed Robert Johnson in "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil", winning the Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award.
December 30, 2021
Meet Massachusetts-born and resident of Oxford, Mississippi, writer Dick Waterman. Dick was instrumental in guiding Tim and I back in 1971 in finding some of the last surviving blues legends, some of which appear in my film. Listen to Dick talk about his eye-opening experiences with the blues back then and his sentiments about the blues now.
Music from Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, Bukka White, and Skip James.
December 27, 2021
This episode features blues veteran Bill “Howl’n Madd” Perry, the first time he walked on stage with Christone Ingram -- how and why he gave him his stage name, Kingfish.
Enjoy snippets of Bill’s song, “Real Blues” and music from Kingfish, himself.
December 14, 2021
Just a 10 minute drive from Clarksdale is the world-famous "Bed & Beer" Shack Up Inn. Meet Bill Talbot, one of the owners, as he talks about the history of how the Shack Up Inn came to be. Enjoy music from Pinetop Perkins, Super Chikan, Charlie Musselwhite, Libby Rae and GA-20.
November 11, 2021
Clarksdale songwriter/singer/musician La La Craig started her musical career as a child in her family's country music band, trained as a classical pianist and followed her ears to Clarksdale MS and became part of Super Chikan's band.
October 12, 2021
Photographer, filmmaker, author and historian Will Ferris started documenting black southern culture in the 1960s and has over 15 films and a dozen books to his name, along with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker and was Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Clinton administration. Our paths crossed but we never met when I was making my student film in 1971, so this was my chance to at long last meet this remarkable individual.
September 17, 2021
Whether by land or by river, Clarksdale's environs always hold new surprises for the the first timer or the seasoned visitor. In this episode we talked with Clarksdale historian Robert Birdsong who bases his operations out of the Hopson Commissary, and John Ruskey, founder of the Quapaw Canoe Company on the banks of the Sunflower River.
September 6, 2021
This episode we're celebrating one of the greatest blues solo instruments of all time--the harmonica, AKA the harp and the Mississippi Saxophone. A long history of harp players hail from Clarksdale, MS, and we're visiting with resident harmonica players Deak Harp and Watermelon Slim.
August 19, 2021
Taking a break up north in Gloucester Massachusetts for the Gloucester Blues Festival and a chance to catch up with Blues Music Award winner King Solomon Hicks talking about his upcoming follow-up album. Then, an interview with Boston's WUMB radio host Holly Harris about her first trip to Clarksdale in 1989.
August 1, 2021
One of the most popular music venues in Clarksdale is also a restaurant, and owners Carol and Arthur Crivaro started it years ago with the idea of opening a health food store--we learned about how that went, along with getting to know who comes there. Then it's this episode's edition of the Blues Trail Music Report. Music from Watermelon Slim, Mississippi Marshall, La la Craig and Kingfish Ingram.