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Showing posts with label Cat Head Delta Blues. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cat Head Mini Blues Festival and more in Clarksdale, Mississippi, this weekend

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art store in Clarksdale, Mississippi, continues its 10th anniversary celebrations – October 4-7, 2012
(Cat Head store in Clarksdale. Photo art by Chuck Lamb.)

"UMPTEENTH" CAT HEAD MINI BLUES FEST HIGHPOINT OF THIS WEEKEND'S EVENTS AT "1 OF AMERICA'S 17 COOLEST RECORD STORES"

(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI)October 2, 2012 – 10 years ago, marketing executive Roger Stolle left his corporate job in St. Louis to pursue a blues mission in the Mississippi Delta. He opened Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in the historic downtown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. He also started the "Cat Head Mini Blues Fest" tradition.

"The first year I opened, I tried some live blues at my store after one of the area's big blues festivals was over," Stolle recalls. "I was surprised how many folks showed up. I usually book the older, more traditional blues players, and that really struck a chord with blues fans."

In recent years, Stolle has held three, increasingly bigger Cat Head Mini Blues Fests a yearcausing blues industry friends like Sirius-XM's Bluesville host Bill Wax to question, "Why do you still call it a 'Mini Fest'?"

Now held after April's Juke Joint Festival (Clarksdale, MS), August's Sunflower River Blues Festival (Clarksdale, MS) and October's King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, AR), the Cat Head blues festival concept has taken on a life of its own.

"I have some attendees who don't necessarily make it to the big, 'official' festival earlier in the weekend," Stolle says. "They wait till Sunday and just come for the Cat Head event. Others stay over an extra night to enjoy it. I guess they must be playing hooky come Monday morning!"

As Cat Headthe storecontinues its year of 10th Anniversary events, this weekend's "umpteenth" Mini Fest of the year (Sunday, October 7th) caps off a long weekend of store happenings.

CAT HEAD DELTA BLUES & FOLK ART EVENTS:

- Thurs., 10/4 @ 11am - Julia Magness & Ben Stevens (from Austin Texas).
- Fri., 10/5 @ 11am - “Catfish & Cotton” book signing with live blues music.
- Sat., 10/6 @ 11am - Ben Stevens blues performance.
- Sun., 10/7 @ 9am - CAT HEAD MINI BLUES FEST featuring many of the movie stars from “M for Mississippi,” “We Juke Up in Here” and “Hard Times”... Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Big George Brock, All Night Long Blues Band and more. 9am till. Rain or shine street festival. Plus BBQ available from Big Red. “Please tip your musicians.”

(Cat Head also has a bonus event later next week: Thurs., 10/11 @ 3pm - Bernie Pearl & Mike Barry blues performance.)

All of the live blues events at Cat Head are always free, though Stolle hopes that event-goers also become customers. He says he works hard to tempt them with a mini warehouse full of blues music and collectibles.

"Cat Head is the store I always wanted to walk into but could never find," Stolle says. "It's nothing but the blues – CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, artwork, T-shirts and souvenirs. As a blues fanatic myself, it's not hard for me to understand why we get tourists from around the world every year."

(Stolle at Cat Head. Photo by Billy Howell, "Legends" magazine.)

Since opening in 2002, Clarksdale's Cat Head store and its related recording, documentary and live music projects have garnered numerous honors – from Keeping the Blues Alive and Blues Music Awards to multiple guidebook inclusions and accolades in music magazines such as Paste, which called Cat Head "1 of the 17 coolest record stores in America."

Cat Head is located at 252 Delta Avenue in the historic downtown of Clarksdale, Mississippijust 30 minutes from this weekend's King Biscuit Blues Festival grounds in nearby Helena, Arkansas.

More on the "Cat Head story" as well as a live music calendar and guide to Clarksdale can be found on-line at www.cathead.biz. Store and event updates posted regularly on Facebook under "Roger Stolle." Stolle can be emailed at roger@cathead.biz.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Clarksdale, Mississippi's Cat Head blues store celebrates 10 years of success

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale, Mississippi, celebrates 10th anniversary with free blues events – August 10-12, 2012


(Cat Head store in Clarksdale. Photo art by Chuck Lamb.)


(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI) – 10 years ago, marketing executive Roger Stolle left his corporate job in St. Louis to pursue a blues mission in the Mississippi Delta. He opened Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in the historic downtown of Clarksdale, Mississippi. And the rest is history.


"Cat Head is the store I always wanted to walk into but could never find," Stolle remembers. "It's nothing but the blues – CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, artwork, T-shirts and souvenirs. We get tourists from around the world every week."


Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art will celebrate its 10th anniversary August 10-12 with free, live blues performances starting Friday afternoon and culminating Sunday with the store's annual Cat Head Mini Blues Festival.


Since opening in 2002, the Cat Head and its related projects have garnered numerous honors – from Keeping the Blues Alive and Blues Music Awards to multiple guidebook inclusions and accolades in music magazines such as Paste, which called Cat Head "one of the 17 coolest record stores in America."


(Stolle with Blues Music Award. Photo by Dusty Scott.)


Still, Stolle is quick to point out that Cat Head is just about selling product.


"From day one, my mission – the Cat Head mission – has been to 'organize and promote from within'," he says. "I didn't really move here to open a retail store, specifically. I moved here to get involved with Delta blues music and promote the surviving culture behind it."


Starting with his Cat Head blues store, Stolle went on to co-found Juke Joint Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. He is also a Blues Revue magazine columnist and Sirius-XM B.B. King Bluesville radio correspondent. He is author of Hidden History of Mississippi Blues and co-producer of films such as M for Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here.


"What makes Cat Head successful is Clarksdale, Mississippi – the locals as well as the tourists and transplants our town attracts," he asserts. "Customers often say to me, 'You must really love the blues to have moved here.' I say, 'Yes, the music brought me here, but it's the people that made me stay.'"


Cat Head is located at 252 Delta Avenue in Clarksdale. More of the "Cat Head story" as well as a live music calendar and guide to Clarksdale can be found on-line at www.cathead.biz.


CAT HEAD 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT SCHEDULE:

Friday, August 10th:

4pm - Zach Divilbiss from Black Mountain Moan

Saturday, August 11th:

11am - SUPERBAD String Band w/R.L. BBQ & Mason Stevens

Noon - Piano Red

1pm - Christian Herring True Blues

2pm - Sean “Bad” Apple

3pm - David Raye

4pm - Davis Coen


Sunday, August 12th: CAT HEAD MINI BLUES FEST with Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Big George Brock, Clarine Wagner, R.L. Boyce & Steve Toney, All Night Long Blues Band and more. Free event in street near Cat Head store. Rain or shine. Store opens 9am. Music 10am till. BBQ available from Big Red.


(Poster/T-shirt art above by Grego.)