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nashville bridgeThe Nashville Bridge was rolled out in 2010 at the suggestion of my sister who said that I needed to share my rock and roll and country and rhythm and blues Americana post punk California life with the rest of the world. My first blog printed photo was a portion of a shot I took of The Cumberland River and the bridges crossing into downtown that I took with a 5 mg Fuji auto focus while visiting Nashville in 2006 and wondering if I would ever move here. It is a picture that means a lot to me. I visited Nashville quite often from Birmingham before deciding to move up here and make roots in January of 2008.

Although I did want to just editorialize and conjecture my thoughts on all things music since becoming a music conduit starting at the age of four when I saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and then cemented when I banged on garage doors beginning at age five to get in and listen to Count Five (“Psychotic Reaction”) and other San Jose area bands practice their next hit singles. Now,with the blog, I knew I needed pictures to tell the story.

back then, yy eyes were wide open and my neuro senses were in overdrive at age five and six watching a bunch of teenage guys hammer through guitar amps making loud music with girls hanging out until the cops would arrive and shut the whole thing down. I got to get mad at having to quiet down with the rest of the band and older kids.

Well, that’s how it started and this is where I am at right now: Nashville! There is a story behind of every picture that means anything to me.

mike farris 100102 bwWhen I started the blog, I just had a Nikon 12 mg auto-focus camera which was difficult sometimes, especially on band close-ups with lots of lights. Mike Farris was kind enough to let me shoot him down by the Cumberland River after talking about the Nashville Flood and his then current album. Mike Farris & The Cumberland Saints project to benefit flood victims at Crema  in 2010 with the Nikon.

Needless to say, I had to rely on kind contributing support of great photographers in and around Nashville and Birmingham for photos when possible for the blog and my articles in Performer Magazine.

jeff beck ryman 03 smallNext, I got an HTC Evo 4G phone that actually got some decent shots now and then. Sometimes, it was the only camera available and it would have to do.  The pics I took of Jeff Beck at The Ryman actually turned out fairly interesting.

record store day 2013 069Finally, it was time to get a reliable camera to get some decent concert shots, so, I gathered my limited budget and bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3i about six months ago. It really paid off on Record Store Day this last April when I was shooting multiple bands at several locations.  The photo of Tyler Davis of Chrome Pony at The Groove was all you could ask for. The red hair contrasting with the blue sky was superb.

nbn 2010 Peelander Z 02The Nikon camera could be difficult with a lot of action, this shot of Peelander Z at Exit/In during Next Big Nashville 2010 made the best of the cameras limitations,  tracers and all, while Peelander Red crowd-surfed, bass guitar in towl.

paul mccartney coachellaOkay, here was a tough one for the Nikon. Paul McCartney in Palm Desert, California at Coachella 2009 from 30 yards away, my only usable shot of a real Beatle so far. I wish I was the guy shooting that picture down front.

Ray Wylie HubbardThe Americana Festival 2010 was a real eye opener seeing fans traveling from as far away as Australia to see Hayes Carll play a set at The Basement.  Ray Wylie Hubbard was hot that year and the Nikon played with the light a little bit and this photo only worked with some grit in it. I figured it was an “Americana” picture. Maybe it’s just all the facial hair, but, he looks like a smiling Jerry Garcia to me.

inf cat 10 2nd heavycream 02Infinity Cat Records had a 10th Anniversary celebration last year and Heavy Cream headlined the second night at The Zombie Shop. The HTC Evo did some kind of funky light thing when a flash went off at the same time from another camera across the room. There is no photo editing. You can’t duplicate that. That’s a real motha fo ya!

ibma 2010 rodney dillard 01IBMA fans and musicians are absolutely some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Rodney Dillard was one of The Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show and is still laying it down on the Martin Guitar with The Dillards as he did here at the 2010 conference taken with the Nikon.

mike farris grimeys 02Kenny Vaughan is probably one of the most iconic guitarists in Nashville today with a portfolio of work includes Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams and other varied projects including his recent solo record. Mike Farris had one of the biggest bands ever at Grimeys for this in-store with Kenny Vaughan on guitar. I was standing right next to him holding the care above and behind my shoulder to get this one with the Nikon. He kind of reminds me of Angus Young’s other brother from a different mother the way he is holding that SG.

tristan dunn 01Tristan Dunn is a musician from Birmingham, Alabama that I have known for several years now. He can play guitar, keys like his favorite – Billy Powell and blows harp like Topper Price. I got some great shots of him in front of the Johnny Cash wall before it got damaged and then updated. He is autistic, but, he doesn’t use that as a conversation piece or to get sympathy, he just lets the music do the talking. I have ran into so many big name Country Artists when I run around with him when he visits that I am beginning to think he has a high profile Guardian Angel like Hank Williams or Buck Owens.

Frank Fairfield 02Frank Fairfield did an in-store at Grimeys in 2011 and I kind of pushed the HTC Evo as far is it could go with antique sepia tones being the theme. I think Frank is from California’s Central Valley where I grew up. His music is best heard on vinyl 78’s. I have yet to talk to him about Fresno’s famous Di Cicco’s Pizza. Okay…now I’m hungry.

uncle dave 2012 blind boy 01 expJeron “Blind Boy” Paxton made the cover of Living Blues Magazine even before any kind of real record release and just a lot of You Tube buzz. He specializes in music from the early 1900’s and is a master on old banjos, guitars, ragtime piano and just about anything he touches. He was hanging out in Murfreesboro at Uncle Dave Macon Days last year jamming with people that had no idea who he was. I guess they thought he just wandered in from some boxcar in a train yard. The photo was taken with the HTC Evo.

metro 50th marion james 01Okay, here is backstage with my newer phone, the Samsung Galaxy S III. This is Marion James, Nashville’s “Queen of The Blues” getting ready to go onstage at Nashville’s Metro 50th Celebration downtown. Marion had a top 10 Billboard hit back in the 60’s with “That’s My Man” on Excello Records. She has multiple connections to Jimi Hendrix. Jimi played guitar for her when he lived in Nashville in the early 60’s. Also, she recorded two more singles back during that time with Hendrix tie-ins. One song was written by Billy Cox, bassist for Jimi Hendrix and Marion as well as another song written by Larry Lee who was the second guitarist in Jimi Hendrix’s band, Gypsies, Suns & Rainbows that played at Woodstock. She knew and knows them all. Marion works hard to keep the Rythm & Blues scene alive in Nashville.

rev peyton show 032013 062 smallOkay, back to some newer shots with the Canon.  Reverend Peyton at his recent show at Exit/In provided the opportunity to learn more about the camera’s capabilities. The Rev’s management contacted me after seeing the post to email photos for their use.

rose pink 03 smallRight before Christmas, when I was just breaking the Canon in, I met Mississippi Rosealee aka Rosalind Wilcox who lives in Clarksdale, Mississippi i.e “The Crossroads.” Rosealee is well known in the community as both an artist with her space called Sun House right near Ground Zero and as a musician that includes playing drums for two historic Mississippi Blues musicians, L.C. Ulmer and Robert Belfour. In fact, L.C. Ulmer wrote a song for her called “Rosalee” and is on the M Is For Mississippi soundtrack. She let me set up a shot of her at Hopson’s Commissary that reminded me a little of the first Crosby, Stills and Nash album.

record store day 2013 053 smallOkay, I personally think this is the best candid of Tristen, that I just happened to take at The Groove, Record Store Day 2013 with the Canon. The most important thing is that she liked the picture too. Man, I want to shoot Nikki Lane. Wait, I did get a couple before they closed the set a couple of nights before Record Store Day.

record store day 2013 023 smallThere it is…man, I could do better, Nikki thinks about what she is wearing, the shot, everything, I would love to do a couple hours of shooting with Nikki. Well, Nikki, if you e-mail me, I’m there! Nikki, your neo-classic country meets retro cool thing is sublime.

bang ok bang jan 2012 08Okay, the earliest shots with the Canon were the Bang Ok Bang set at the High Watt in August of 2012. I was still learning how to work with the frame speed and all that. Now, just for knowledge of the game: I did shoot 35 Millimeter on a Canon back in the day. This photo was taken in auto-mode and it caught some drum moves all in the same frame from drummer Abby Hairston. I still think it’s cool, in an art crawl kind of way.

debbie bond mando blues 04082013 028 smallOkay, I have been out to a couple of tapings of the Mando Blues Show. That is an adventure in itself, most notably, talking to Futureman about Return To Forever’s Romantic Warrior album and the merits of Lenny Williams’ drums on that. It is one of the famous Wooten’s favorite examples of drums. He said Lenny’s drums sound like a Timpani. Alabama drummer, Dave Crenshaw played drums for Debbie Bond that night and it looks like I set up this shot, but, I didn’t. The Canon again.

tyler bryant exitin 070 smallOkay, one more and I will let you go. There is a story behind this one too. I ran into Tyler Bryant at Cafe Coco before Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown were going to play at Exit/In. We talked about when he opened for Jeff Beck at The Ryman and he knew I was going to be down front shooting some photos. When I arrived at The Exit/In, Brad Whitford from Aerosmith was talking to his son Graham Whitford, the other guitarist in the Shakedown near the merch booth before everybody started showing up. He was wearing a baseball cap and being very incognito. He looked at me and realized I knew who he was. I could tell he was there just to support his son and didn’t want to draw any attention to himself. So, I just gave him the “Nashville” nod of recognition and didn’t approach or say anything. I kept his cover for him. You see, that is how we do it in Nashville. We let each other relax and feel at home. I got some great shots of the band and got one of the best color shots ever with the Canon of Graham on stage.

I’m happy with the pictures I am getting with the Canon T3i and so is my Editor at Performer Magazine. Even the bands and artists have given me kudos. Maybe next year, I’ll go for a full frame Nikon or Canon.

Well, The Nashville Bridge is almost three years old. I have been writing for over two years for Performer Magazine and a few other scattered published articles. Thanks for indulging me with my lifetime passion for music. Thanks for reading The Nashville Bridge on your laptop, iphone, ipad or droid. I make it as easy to view and read as possible.

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All photos © Brad Hardisty

–          Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN     thenashvillebridge@hotmail.com

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

With a few days on my hands after meeting with SIX in Branson, Missouri, I decided to return to a magical place that I had only been to once before; Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the infamous Robert Johnson folklore, the “Crossroads”, that was once home also to Son House, a small town with a  legend that casts a big shadow.

blues trail 03Back in 2007, I had met Adrian Kosky from Australia, in Nashville during a songwriter’s conference hosted by NSAI at the Opryland Hotel. Adrian had come up with some interesting self-penned blues that he played on hand- built Dulcimers. We did some acoustic jamming and got along pretty well.

Mississippi Cotton by Hopson's Commissary - photo - Brad Hardisty

Mississippi Cotton by Hopson’s Commissary – photo – Brad Hardisty

Adrian and I went to Gruhn Guitars on Broadway. Adrian was looking for a vintage Gibson melody maker, but, I found a 1936 Gibson Electric Hawaiian that became part of my arsenal.

2007 Hopson's Commisarry, Adrian Kosky and Brad Hardisty

2007 Hopson’s Commisarry, Adrian Kosky and Brad Hardisty

Adrian was on his way to Clarksdale, Mississippi in a few days to film some scenes for a blues documentary he was working on. He invited me to meet up with him to do some jamming in Clarksdale on film.

2007, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Adrian Kosky & Brad Hardisty

2007, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Adrian Kosky & Brad Hardisty

Man, I went out there with just a night and a day to get situated. We spent the night in Pinetop Perkin’s boyhood shotgun shack at Shack Up Inn, before going over to Hopson’s Commissary to shoot some footage.

I mainly played slide on my old 1950’s era Silvertone jumbo. The Silvertone got some major mojo after Willie King signed it at a folk festival in western Alabama. Willie “Sweet Potato Man” King, like to put a lot of soul-boogie in his stuff with almost a very countrified Howlin’ Wolf voice. I was so glad to meet him, not knowing that he would pass away within a year. If you get a chance to see the original bluesmen, don’t pass it up. It may be your only chance.

Coahoma County, Photo - Brad Hardisty

Coahoma County, Photo – Brad Hardisty

Part of that scene made it onto UStream and I have the photos to prove it, although the full production has yet to be completed.

Cotton field in Coahoma County, photo - Brad Hardisty

Cotton field in Coahoma County, photo – Brad Hardisty

The next morning, I only had a few minutes to drive through the blues district before I had to get back to Birmingham, Alabama. I vowed one day I would return and really go on some pilgrimage to get to know a place with so much vibe it resonates a 7th chord.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

Well, time flies when you’re running around like a chicken without a head. It is now 2012 and I finally get three days where I can head south on Highway 61 to Clarksdale. Bob Dylan said it better than I could.

Sunflower, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Sunflower, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

With some Topper Price on the stereo, I headed south on Highway 61, leaving Furry Lewis’ Memphis behind. I checked into Bally’s in Tunica after getting a web special for $24.95 a night then it was back in the blue Fiesta, blues on the stereo. I was just 20 miles out of Clarksdale when I started to see some interesting Cypress trees in standing water next to a just harvested field of cotton. I had to stop and get some shots.

Blues District, Clarksdale, photo - Brad Hardisty

Blues District, Clarksdale, photo – Brad Hardisty

Cruising into Clarksdale via the HWY 161 cutoff past a pecan stand, the road took me straight to the “Crossroads” of HWY 49 & 61. This is the place made famous in the song by Robert Johnson where he supposedly made “the deal.”

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

Abe's mascot, photo, Brad Hardisty

Abe’s mascot, photo, Brad Hardisty

At the corner of Hwy 61 & 49 is Abe’s BBQ, the same family owned joint that Robert Johnson used to get his pork sandwiches, only then it was called The Delta Inn. I stopped and ate some ribs. They were, tender, not really smoky tasting; having been used to Kansas City and Memphis BBQ, it may not be a strong contender, but, it was worth stopping in just to say, “I ate there.”

Back alley in the blues district, photo - Brad Hardisty

Back alley in the blues district, photo – Brad Hardisty

I was in Clarksdale this time, really to take in the historic blues district and important landmarks. I decided to start with what I had heard about. I set the GPS for Ground Zero, the club co-owned by Morgan Freeman.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

Cemetary on Sunflower, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Cemetary on Sunflower, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

A little up the road, my GPS took me on a right turn down Sunflower. Okay, now this makes sense, The Sunflower Festival in Clarksdale. Apparently, The Sunflower River runs alongside the old downtown with Sunflower Road running along the side.

Ground Zero, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Ground Zero, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

Hendrix by Rosalind Wilcox at Sun House, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Hendrix by Rosalind Wilcox at Sun House, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

Finally, I made a couple of turns and I was a half block down from Ground Zero. I looked across the street and saw this sofa size painting of Hendrix. Instead of heading down to the club to check out the jams, I crossed the street and was looking at this most awesome serene face on Jim Hendrix. I am a Hendrix nut and was surprised to see some Hendrix in Clarksdale; I didn’t know if he was “pure” enough for Clarksdale.

Sun House, Clarksdale, MS near Ground Zero, photo - Brad Hardisty

Sun House, Clarksdale, MS near Ground Zero, photo – Brad Hardisty

Well, I was in for a few surprises this time in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The owner of the gallery was locking up. Rosalind Wilkinson invited me to come on in and opened up the door. Okay, I won’t forget this date; it was 12/12/2012 and about 5 in the afternoon. I realized after looking around that this was all her creations. A place about 6000 square feet of painting, jewelry, photos, you name it.

Tracks behind The Delta Blues Museum, photo - Brad Hardisty

Tracks behind The Delta Blues Museum, photo – Brad Hardisty

It turns out Rosalind Wilcox aka Mississippi Rosealee, is known among the Hill Country Blues Artists such as the late R L Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, one of the late true originals and their families among others. I was blown away she knew Cedric Burnside, grandson of RL and one of my favorite drummers. In fact, she introduced Lightnin’ Malcolm to Cedric Burnside which created one of the best duo recordings to come out of the blues scene in a long time.

Clarksdale Blues District, photo - Brad Hardisty

Clarksdale Blues District, photo – Brad Hardisty

Rosealee is an accomplished singer/songwriter who also plays drums for two of the oldest Mississippi blues legends, Robert Belfour and LC Ulmer. In fact LC wrote a song for her on the M For Mississippi soundtrack, “Rosealee.”

Led Zep, Robert Plant immortalized in the Blues District, photo - Brad Hardisty

Led Zep, Robert Plant immortalized in the Blues District, photo – Brad Hardisty

She had named her art/performance space Sun House in honor of Son House, another Clarksdale native that inspired Led Zeppelin and Jack White among other rockers.

an empty store front turned art in Clarksdale, photo - Brad Hardisty

an empty store front turned art in Clarksdale, photo – Brad Hardisty

Rosealee asked if I had even been to Clarksdale before. I explained that I had just one time; when I played acoustic slide guitar for Australian Adrian Kosky at Hopson’s Commissary at The Shack Up Inn, but, had to leave after filming.

Muddy Waters in the Mmiddle, Clarksdale blues district, photo, Brad Hardisty

Muddy Waters in the Mmiddle, Clarksdale blues district, photo, Brad Hardisty

“I know Adrian,” said Rosealee. In fact it turned out he was back in Clarksdale for the first time since 2007 and had just arrived a few days before. Okay, now this was getting to be Crossroads folklore.

Delta  Blues Room, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Delta Blues Room, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

She didn’t have his number, but, he was staying at a friend’s apartment a couple of blocks away and she was content on taking me there. Well, now my mind racing back to when I met Adrian at that NSAI conference at the Opryland Hotel and we ended up jamming. He had a cool voice.

Clarksdale Blues District, photo - Brad Hardisty

Clarksdale Blues District, photo – Brad Hardisty

Adrian then invited me to be in Clarksdale a week later for filming and that was that tale.

Brad catching up with Adrian Kosky five years later in Clarksdale, 12/12/2012

Brad catching up with Adrian Kosky five years later in Clarksdale, 12/12/2012

The entrance door was locked, but, with the help of a friend, we got in touch with Adrian and he met us at the pizza parlor downstairs. There were four of us, Adrian, Rosealee, an art student of hers and myself playing music trivia all night with the DJ and a packed house.  It was a blast and all of a sudden I was with three friends starting a new Mississippi Delta odyssey.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

Rosealee invited me to stop by later the next day and we were going to hang and she wanted to jam on some guitars and music at her art space that had a stage and amps…the whole nine yards.

Delta Blues Music, photo - Brad Hardisty

Delta Blues Music, photo – Brad Hardisty

Before heading over to Sun House, I stopped across the street at Blues Town Music looking for a slide. I didn’t find one to my liking, but, I did meet Watermelon Slim, a local who performs at Ground Zero with some great tone and some amplified acoustic slide. He showed me the fine points of playing slide with a Craftsman socket, but, I couldn’t get the hang of it.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

There were some great old Kay, Silvertone and other cheap cool sounding guitars from the forties and fifties. I learned something from Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Jeron “Blind Boy” Paxton: you need to check out everything because sometimes that little cheap Silvertone might have the tone you have been trying to find. Character is a big deal when you are playing the blues.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

Down the street was Cat Head Music, kind of a Mecca for blues music deep collectors. It was hard to decide what to buy. I finally decided to get the Slim Harpo Excello collection. Dude, Slim’s version of “I’m A King Bee” is one of my favorite grooves and the fact that this was little ole Nashville’s Excello Records made it something special. It turned out that Robert Plant had been in a few days earlier and went for the same disc according to the owner.  Hey, hey, what can I say, Robert has good taste.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

I got into The Delta Blues Museum, picking up a poster of Charlie Patton before walking through the entrance watching Albert Collins on the overhead TV while checking out some fantastic memorabilia culminating with Muddy Waters cabin at the rear. I couldn’t take any pictures, but, at least I can say I was there.

Tree Temple, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

Tree Temple, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

Thursday night, we grabbed some Hibachi Chinese Buffet, a little sushi; a little okra then we went over to her place where I showed Rosealee some of the ragtime style blues I had been working on, playing on the Luna Dobro. Rosealee then played some Gospel on the guitar and sang. What a voice!  All I could do was stop and listen.

Mississippi Rosealee at The Shack Up Inn back porch, photo - Brad Hardisty

Mississippi Rosealee at The Shack Up Inn back porch, photo – Brad Hardisty

Okay, now we are talkin’ serious stuff next. Rosealee showed me some serious hill country blues open tunings and started playing some Junior Kimbrough stuff along with the timing. She knew her Hill Country Blues. Here I was getting a private lesson on Hill Country style. Wow, that evening was worth the trip down yonder, but, the company was even more impressive.

Gary Vincent, Clarksdale Soundstage, photo - Brad Hardisty

Gary Vincent, Clarksdale Soundstage, photo – Brad Hardisty

The next morning I showed up to talk with Gary Vincent, a 30 year Nashville career singer/songwriter who relocated to the blues district and opened a recording studio complex called The Clarksdale Soundstage. The first album recorded there by Elvin Bishop is up for a Grammy nomination.

The Clarksdale Soundstage, photo - Brad Hardisty

The Clarksdale Soundstage, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Clarksdale Soundstage - photo - Brad Hardisty

The Clarksdale Soundstage – photo – Brad Hardisty

Housed in a group of what looks like fifties era offices with a kitchen and some open spaces for hanging out and dining, the main room looks like a high concrete arched garage that either was a mechanics garage or a machine shop.

The Les Paul Room, photo - Brad Hardisty

The Les Paul Room, photo – Brad Hardisty

Morgan Freeman has his own voice over room located directly across from the control room.

Morgan Freeman's voice over desk, photo, Brad Hardisty

Morgan Freeman’s voice over desk, photo, Brad Hardisty

The Les Paul Room has a large dining table with plenty of chairs for hanging out and room to plan on how to conquer the world.

Restored Greyhound Bus Station, blues district, photo - Brad Hardisty

Restored Greyhound Bus Station, blues district, photo – Brad Hardisty

Robert Plant booked out the space for several days for his group to practice in preparation for the headlining spot at The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.

Rosealee heading into the chapel at Shack Up Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rosealee heading into the chapel at Shack Up Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

Jamming inside the Chapel out at Shack Up Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Jamming inside the Chapel out at Shack Up Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Chapel, Clarksdale, photo - Brad Hardisty

The Chapel, Clarksdale, photo – Brad Hardisty

Brad Hardisty at Hopson's Commissary, photo - Rosalind Wilcox

Brad Hardisty at Hopson’s Commissary, photo – Rosalind Wilcox

Mississippi Rosealee at Hopson's Commissary, photo - Brad Hardisty

Mississippi Rosealee at Hopson’s Commissary, photo – Brad Hardisty

The next day we headed over to Shack Up Inn and looked around where I had been before. Memories started coming back.  This has to be one of the coolest place to stay overnight anywhere. In fact, as a bonus, you can pick out your own cheap Kay or Silvertone to take to your room or shack for the night. A lot of musicians and foreigners walk through those doors. I got some great pictures of Mississippi Rosealee out there. I saw this pink metal glider rocker and had an idea to kind of do the Crosby, Stills and Nash album cover blues style with Mississippi Rosealee.

Robert Johnson test pressing, photo - Brad Hardisty

Robert Johnson test pressing, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Rock and Blues Museum houses an extensive collection of Rock and Roll as well as other genre memorabilia. Looking at a good copy of Slim Harpo’s Excello release, “Baby Scratch My Back” was great, but  the test pressing of Robert Johnson’ s “Love In Vain” was worth the price of admission.

Rolling Stones acetate, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rolling Stones acetate, photo – Brad Hardisty

We had a wonderful evening sharing more stories about LC Ulmer and friends and aquaintances in Clarksdale. Rosalind Wilcox is also the head of the Fine Arts Department at Coahoma Community College.  This multi-talented Wonder Woman was my tour guide for my time in Clarksdale.

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

I got some great shots of world famous Red’s, the real juke joint in Clarksdale where the line up posted on the door said it all. The weeks booked acts included Robert Belfour and Lightnin’ Malcolm…nuff said!

Down by The Sunflower River, photo - Brad Hardisty

Down by The Sunflower River, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Sunflower River, photo - Brad Hardisty

The Sunflower River, photo – Brad Hardisty

photo - Brad Hardisty

photo – Brad Hardisty

I walked down by the historic Sunflower River while I was there and really took in the spirit of the place where time has stood still and where the blues district is reviving with loyal blues fans and shop owners.

New Roxy, Clarksdale, MS, photo - Brad Hardisty

New Roxy, Clarksdale, MS, photo – Brad Hardisty

It was a gothic blues trip down memory lane in Clarksdale. I will be back.

blues trail 61– Brad Hardisty, Nashville TN     thenashvillebridge@hotmail.com