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The Blues is Front and Center on Clarksdale’s Biggest Day

Most people’s friends throw them a party on their birthday, but Roger Stolle, the owner of Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art throws the …

Garry Burnside Plays The Hill Country Blues at Booneville’s Fall Fest

Most Mississippi towns have some sort of community festival, so when Hill Country bluesman Garry Burnside told me he would be playing the Booneville Fall …

Preserving The Black Fife and Drum Culture in Coldwater

For 73 years, people in North Mississippi have been going to the Goat Picnic for goat sandwiches, music, dancing, and one of the rarest and …

An Old-Fashioned Political Rally in Slayden, Mississippi

Political rallies used to be a ubiquitous feature of late summer in Southern counties, and the old tradition continues in rural counties like Marshall County, …

Celebrating Freedom in Benton County on the Fourth of July

Benton County, Mississippi has always been a rough place. Formed out of part of Marshall and Tippah counties, it sits in the middle of the …

Celebrating Sam Mosley’s Legacy in New Albany and Charlie Musselwhite at the Hill Country Picnic

Sam Mosley is arguably the best-known musical performer to come out of New Albany, Mississippi, so this year, the city of New Albany organized a …

A Day of Gospel Music in West Tennessee at Mason’s Zodiac Park

Black baseball fields were tremendously important in rural Black communities into the early 1970s. Every community had baseball teams and softball teams, but the ballfields …