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Friday, December 30, 2011

My Own Fault - Mississippi Adam Riggle with Wesley Jefferson Southern Soul Band

Wesley Junebug Jefferson (1944-2009) Bassist, vocalist, and bandleader Wesley Jefferson has been a stalwart of the Clarksdale blues scene since the mid-1960s. He was born in Roundaway in Coahoma County on March 23, 1944, the oldest boy of thirteen children. As a youth he picked and chopped cotton, plowed with mules and later with a tractor, and lived in extreme poverty.

He recalls being influenced by his grandfather, Claude Jefferson, who played guitar at his home in Clarksdale. He also furtively listened to records by “deep blues” artists at a juke joint run by his mother “way out in the field,” where they sold catfish and moonshine made by his stepfather. Local musicians who he saw playing at small venues in the country included the one-man-band “Popeye,” guitarist Ernest Roy—“the best guitarist I ever seen,” and the band led by Tutwiler’s Lee Kizart, who hauled his piano from gig to gig.

What happens when you mix 3 completely different people into a blues band? You get Mississippi Adam Riggle. We represent a sense of musical diversity and unity rarely seen anywhere else.

Adam Riggle- Spiritual music lover with amazing guitar skills. He has been playing blues music since childhood, learning from the best to be the best.

James Warfield- Veteran at the bass, been playing music since before sliced bread.

Lenny Popp- Mainly influenced by punk, metal, and jazz; his fusion rock-swing drumming style adds a twist to blues music as we know it.

We all have our own lives and come together to bring music to the world that needs it.

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