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Author: Subject: Otha Turner's Family Goat Barbecue Picnic-Senatobia, Mississippi-August 25th

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  posted on 8/23/2007 at 01:23 PM
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Saturday, August 25
Otha Turner's Family Goat Barbecue Picnic
Senatobia, Mississippi

Live music all day & all night
Price: Free - donations welcomed


Otha Turner Family Goat Bar-B-Q Picnic!!! This picnic is an old time
Mississippi tradition and an Otha Turner family tradition - nonstop
down home foot-stompin' music (ya never know who's gonna be jammin' -
(past performers include: T-Model Ford, RL Burnside, Sam Carr, "Big
Jack" Johnson, Kenny Brown, Robert Belfour, Terry "Harmonica" Bean,
Cedric & Duwayne Burnside, Kenny Kimbrough, "Slick" Ballinger, Steve
"Lightnin'" Malcolm, Blind Mississippi Morris, Big Daddy, Luther
Dickenson from the North Mississippi Allstars, Blue Mother Tupelo and
of course, Sharde Thomas & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band). The
gathering of friends and the music is always fantastic and the
catfish & goat bar-b-q are delicious! Ice-cold beer to top things off
- it don't get no better than this!!!

This year, the Turner family will carry on in the traditional picnic
style with Otha Turner's original Rising Star Fife and Drum and his
granddaughter, Sharde Thomas, playing the fife and his grandsons
playing the drums as well as countless other Hill Country and Delta
Blues musicians. Blue Mother Tupelo will be jamming there with
others. At this picnic, there's never a schedule for performers and
one NEVER knows who'll be performing for this event. But the music is
nonstop and this is always guaranteed to be an old-fashioned
Mississippi boogie. Y'all come!

Directions: The picnic location is about an hour's drive southeast of
Memphis. On I-55, get off on the Senatobia exit and turn left (away
from town) down Highway 4. Go approximately three Miles down that
road to Gravel Springs Road (the second road to the right on 4 from
Senatobia). Turn right on Gravel Springs Road. Go to the second 4-way
stop and turn left (that road is OB McClinton Road) Follow that road
about a half mile and the Turner's Picnic is on the right there will
be lots of cars & people gathered there. Park along the side of the
road.

"Renowned for his picnic parties Mr. Turner - who played a homemade
bamboo cane fife or wooden flute and spent much of his life as a
sharecropper and subsistence farmer - was a living link to rural
blues and fife-and-drum pre-blues that extended well into the 19th
Century."

Otha Turner's Family Goat Barbecue Picnic
985 OB McClinton Rd
Senatobia, MS 38668
ph: 615.414.2517 for more info
www.othaturner.com

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Otha Turner shows his pride as grand daughter Sharde performs on his cane fife at a picnic and grandsons Rodney, Andre and Aubrey play the drums. Although other family members have sometimes performed on the fife at Turner family picnics, most believe that 8 year old Sharde is the one most likely to carry on her grandfather’s legacy.


Otha Turner and friend Abron Jackson clean three goats they’ve killed early in the morning before a picnic. The goat meat will be boiled in a large black kettle in Turner’s back yard and then barbecued on a grill throughout the afternoon. During the coming night’s picnic, the goat will be sold as $3.00 sandwiches along with pork, fish and cans of beer and soda. "People always want goat at a picnic, so I try to have it for them," says Turner. "Everybody always hollering goat."


Otha Turner makes a new batch of cane fifes in his back yard with methods handed down over the centuries. The process begins by cutting the cane and letting it cure and dry for a few months. Then the cane is cut into one-and-a-half-joint lengths, approximately 19 inches. The holes are marked by pencil or spit in the places where the fingers naturally go and are burned out using metal rods heated in fire. The resulting musical instrument, though primitive, is capable of creating complex and powerful music in the hands of a master fife blower.

Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars talks about the late Otha Turner here,
http://www.swampland.com/articles/view/swampland/270

Derek H

 

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  posted on 8/23/2007 at 02:05 PM
Very cool, Derek - thanks for sharing! It's great to hear of these old traditions and artforms carrying on.

[Edited on 8/23/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 8/23/2007 at 05:00 PM
Thanks for sharing this Derek. Sounds like one of those things to do once in your lifetime.
 
 


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