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  posted on 10/11/2010 at 01:40 PM
Well, I left home near Asheville last Wednesday for a 2 week road trip. After an overnight stop in Muscle Shoals I spent a long weekend in Clarksdale, MS. Being the weekend of the King Biscuit Blues Festival things were really hopping non-stop culminating with the Pinetop Perkins homecoming at the Hopson Plantation on Sunday. Now I'm slowly working my way south and will meet a buddy in New Orleans on Friday for the Crescent City Blues & Barbeque Festival next weekend. Then I'll meander eastward along the gulf coast and then up through Macon before heading back home later next week.

If you're interested, I'm posting pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/
Many of the pictures are admittedly boring, but there are a few jewels in there.

 
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  posted on 10/11/2010 at 01:52 PM
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  posted on 10/11/2010 at 01:53 PM
Some great pics Bob.
Really liked the crossroads sign in Clarksdale.

 

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  posted on 10/11/2010 at 01:53 PM
sounds like a fun trip

 

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  posted on 10/11/2010 at 07:34 PM
Cool trip you have going there Bob. Please keep us posted. Oh, and eat a muffaletta for me in NO.
 

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  posted on 10/12/2010 at 04:24 PM
Drove around the mid-Delta today. I started out looking for the 2 other Robert Johnson gravesites I hadn't found (found the one near Greenwood yesterday). I read a word description of where the one is in Quito, but it was a little vague: drive to a swamp, turn on a dirt road, walk North through a field, etc. But I followed the directions and found it without ever making a wrong turn.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/5076650372/

The next one wasn't as easy. All I knew was that it was at a church in Morgan City with Zion in it's name (New Zion, Mount Zion, Zion Mission, ???). I drove all over Morgan City, but never did find it. Then things got really interesting. I put "Indianola" in my GPS because I wanted to go to the B.B. King Museum there. Following the directions I took a paved 2 lane county road a few miles, but soon it became a dirt road. After a while it wasn't even a dirt road anymore, but more like a 2-track through a field, and then it wasn't even 2 tracks anymore. I found myself driving Pearl, my 20 year old Mercedes across an open cotton field, the GPS still telling me I was on County Road 513. I would have turned around, but I was afraid I'd get stuck if I stopped, so I pressed on. After a while I was on 2 tracks again, and then a full dirt road developed from nothing. The next thing I know I come to an intersection and there is a marker for B.B. King's birthplace. I never would have found it if I had been looking for it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/5076650374/

More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/

 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 01:29 AM
Thank you so much Bob!! I live in faraway Oregon and I've always wanted to go on a pilgrimage to the place where the Blues was born. I really enjoyed the photos of Watermelon Slim. I met him in 1986 when he was living in Eugene, Oregon and jamming at a place called Taylor's. He's really cool, one of those Vietnam vets who survived a tour in the Hell Realm and came back a Bluesman. I also dig Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm- saw them up close at the Portland Waterfront Blues Fest last summer- that song they do about RL Burnside (Cedric's grandfather) is just too cool!

[Edited on 10/19/2010 by peachlovingman]

 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 06:15 AM
Bob, thanks for taking us along on your journey! Looking forward to more along the way! It's neat to see where the blockss were layed in the foundation of this music we all love so!
 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 07:55 AM
Sounds like a great adventure, Bob!
Should you find yourself passing through Birmingham-a-lama on your way home, give me a call for lunch or dinner!

 

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  posted on 10/14/2010 at 09:37 AM
Very cool, Bob. I've always wanted to go on a pilgrimage to the Clarksdale area and pay homage to all the great bluesmen. There's a cool article in Hittin' the Note Magazine with pics of many of those places, from Kirk West. Hope the rest of your vacation is great!

[Edited on 10/18/2010 by KWidgeon]

 

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  posted on 10/15/2010 at 05:44 PM
Love this thread, Bob! I believe you've gotten a page from my bucket list. Thanks for taking us along for the adventure.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2010 at 06:58 PM
Well, I'm in New Orleans now for a weekend festival. My visit to the delta was incredible, more so than I imagined. I'll be here in NOLA until Monday, and then my plans are pretty loose except that I want to be at the Big House Museum in Macon when it opens Thursday morning, and then drive home to NC by Thursday night. Wherever I end up I'll continue to post the pictures on flickr...I promised my wife I would.

Rusty, thanks for the invitation, but it looks like I'm driving a big circle around B'ham. I'll probably tavel across the FL panhandle before heading up to Macon, because I've never been there and I have an old high school buddy in Shalimar, FL, that I haven't seen in many years.

 

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I put "Indianola" in my GPS because I wanted to go to the B.B. King Museum there. Following the directions I took a paved 2 lane county road a few miles, but soon it became a dirt road. After a while it wasn't even a dirt road anymore, but more like a 2-track through a field, and then it wasn't even 2 tracks anymore. I found myself driving Pearl, my 20 year old Mercedes across an open cotton field, the GPS still telling me I was on County Road 513. I would have turned around, but I was afraid I'd get stuck if I stopped, so I pressed on. After a while I was on 2 tracks again, and then a full dirt road developed from nothing. The next thing I know I come to an intersection and there is a marker for B.B. King's birthplace.




Great reads Bob.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2010 at 12:30 PM
Hey Bob, I was at the Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Fest. also. A great time! Enjoyed the Saturday with Anders Osbourne and Taj Mahal. but i was completely blown away by Ruthie
Foster yesterday. Not a name I'd ever heard back in the UK but what a voice. Incredible!

 

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  posted on 10/18/2010 at 02:53 PM
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Hey Bob, I was at the Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Fest. also. A great time! Enjoyed the Saturday with Anders Osbourne and Taj Mahal. but i was completely blown away by Ruthie
Foster yesterday. Not a name I'd ever heard back in the UK but what a voice. Incredible!


Ruthie was great, but my favorite of Sunday was Mem Shannon. I don't know why he isn't famous. Geordielad, I wish we had run in to each other. Did you come just for the festival? I met a lot of nice folks in NOLA.

I left New Orleans at about 8:00 this morning and drove east along the gulf coast mostly using US90 in MS and US98 in FL. It was a great day for a drive. Pulled in here at Panama City Beach at about 3:30 this afternoon. I'm happy to report that I saw no evidence of the oil spill anywhere.

Pictures of the festival in New Orleans, and my entire trip so far can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/

 

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  posted on 10/20/2010 at 08:12 PM
Arrived in Macon late this morning. I had lunch at the H&H and got to meet Mama Louise. Saw most of the sites, and spent a few hours at Rose Hill. Tomorrow I'll hit the Big House Museum before heading home. It's been a great 16 day road trip. Pics are here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/

[Edited on 10/21/2010 by bob1954]

 

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  posted on 10/20/2010 at 08:43 PM
Love this thread, Bob. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Enjoy the Big House tomorrow and safe travels for the remainder of your journey.

 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 12:55 PM
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Hey Bob, I was at the Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Fest. also. A great time! Enjoyed the Saturday with Anders Osbourne and Taj Mahal. but i was completely blown away by Ruthie
Foster yesterday. Not a name I'd ever heard back in the UK but what a voice. Incredible!


Ruthie was great, but my favorite of Sunday was Mem Shannon. I don't know why he isn't famous. Geordielad, I wish we had run in to each other. Did you come just for the festival? I met a lot of nice folks in NOLA.



Great pics. I'm in NOLA for 6 weeks staying with friends and helping them fix their house up. Been here just over 2 weeks. Seem to have spent a lot of time in Lafayette Square. Free shows every Wednesday. Saw Dr John the 1st day I was here and the Radiators last night. Also the Magazine St Blues Fest...... seems to be a free festival somewhere in the city every weekend I'm here.
Just scored a ticket for the Saints-Browns game so this weekend is shaping up nicely already. What a great town!
Have a safe trip home.

 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 01:01 PM
thanks so much for the pics and the words. ya did something alot of folks would dig doing at least once.

laterz

 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 04:01 PM
Again sounds like a real fun trip and nice pics

 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 08:44 PM
Well, I'm home again. Just got in a couple hours ago and boy am I tired. This was something I've been wanting to do for many years, and it was even more fun than I'd hoped for.

Final tally:
16 days
9 states (NC, GA, TN, AL, MS, AR, LA, FL, SC)
2,693.6 miles
42 live musical acts (that I can remember)
248 pictures online (sorry)

Thanks for coming along on my journey. Final days photo's including the Big House Museum are now online:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesboybob/

 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 09:03 PM
Welcome home Bluesboy! Thanks for letting us all ride shotgun. Hope you treat Pearl to an oil change. That's a fine looking bit of German engineering!
 

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  posted on 10/21/2010 at 09:38 PM
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Welcome home Bluesboy! Thanks for letting us all ride shotgun. Hope you treat Pearl to an oil change. That's a fine looking bit of German engineering!

Thanks Brock. Pearl got a transfusion while in Greenwood, MS, so she's all set for a little while. What she really needs, and will get tomorrow, is a thorough cleaning inside and out. I put more miles on her in the last two weeks than her annual average for the last 7 years. She's a fine car and keeps getting better with age. (I hope my former employer doesn't find out what I drove.)

 
 


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