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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ruf Records artist: Heather Crosse - Grooving At The Crosse Roads - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Grooving At The Crosse Roads, from Heather Crosse. This is an 11 track release of pure contemporary pop/light jazz music with a twist on R&B/Blues. Backed by Heavy Suga' & The SweetTones,this release has some real bright spots. Crosse plays bass as well as performs on lead vocal and does a real nice job. On opener My Man Called Me,Dan Smith hits a real nice guitar riff and Mark Yacovone sets a perfect stage on piano. On Why Does A Woman Need A Bass Guitar, Crosse really plays heavy bass with a few hot bass riffs in addition to what I'd call lead bass under the melody. Very nice! Clarksdale Shuffle is light and easy and Crosse's vocals are sweet as mama's home made pie. My favorite track, Hurryin' Up To Relax, has a cool R&B feel and warm backing vocals by Sandy Carroll. Nice shuffle track, Walking In Their Shoes finds Smith laysing out some really tasty guitar and slide solos and Yacovone's piano work is stellar. On blues ballad, Damn Your Eyes, Yacovone's piano and keyboard contributions are clearly super. Another R&B track, penned by Crosse, Steppin' Up Strong has a real Curtis Mayfield feel with warm backing vocals by Vicki Atkins and Yacovone's organ work really dresses the track nicely. Funky pop track, Bad Boy Kiss has a strong radio hook and Crosse's bass work, nicely grounds slick soloing from Smith and Vacovone. A tasty lead guitar line opens shuffle track, Call On Me and tight drums by Lee Williams, swinging guitar riffs from Smith, beefy organ by Vacovone and warm backing vocals by Atkins make this one of the top tracks on the release. Latin influenced, You Don't Move Me No More finds Crosse grinding out her vocals with a sassy attitude. I must say that watching a performance of Ms Crosse (disabled on youtube) was quite interesting. She really appears to be having a great time which is contagious. Her bass playing is aggressive and her smile is never ending. This is a artist to keep an eye on.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL HEADS BACK TO CLARKSDALE, MS OCT. 15-18 FOR ITS SECOND YEAR!



DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2015 KICKS OFF ITS SECOND YEAR IN CLARKSDALE, MS THIS OCTOBER!

FOUR-DAY FEST TO FEATURE GREAT DEEP BLUES ACTS INCLUDING LEFT LANE CRUISER, SCOTT H. BIRAM, DALE BEAVERS, HENRY'S FUNERAL SHOE, ELEGANZA! AND MANY OTHERS! 


ADDITIONAL BANDS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Tickets are on sale to the general public for the Juke Joint Chapel venue at the Shack Up Inn.  $150 for the four day pass ($40 individual days).
Other venues will have their own cover charge or tip jars.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2015:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Clarksdale, Mississippi's Juke Joint Festival is "half blues festival, half small-town fair, all about the Delta"

Clarksdale, Mississippi's 12th annual Juke Joint Festival unites crazy old bluesmen and leaky juke joints with paddling pig races and greasy soul food!

 
2015 LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI'S WORLD-FAMOUS JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL
 
Clarksdale, Mississippi – Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Juke Joint Festival may only be celebrating its 12th edition, but it is already the stuff of blues legend.
 
“2014 was the biggest Juke Joint Festival yet, and so far, 2015 looks to top it,” according to festival co-organizer Roger Stolle. “Our annual festival now attracts attendees from almost 30 foreign countries, almost 50 states and over 50 Mississippi counties. Still, the most important number here is the number of bluesmen in their 70s, 80s and even 90s who play our fest."
 
JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL LINEUP: www.jukejointfestival.com
 
This year's from-the-old-school lineup includes blues legends like Cedell Davis, Big George Brock, Leo "Bud" Welch, Elmo Williams, Hezekiah Early, LC Ulmer, Cadillac John Nolden, Eddie Cusic, YZ Ealey, Robert "Bilbo" Walker and others. The festival doesn't ignore the upcoming young guns of the blues, of course — players like Clarksdale's 20-something Omar Gordon, 30-something Anthony "Big A" Sherrod and 16-year-old internet phenom Christone "Kingfish" Ingram.
 
"The first acts we book are our region's older, culturally-connected blues performers," explained Stolle. "Then, we spread out from there. There is an insane number of blues musicians in town during Juke Fest week! It's like no other event in the world."
 
This year's main event is Saturday, April 11th – all day and late into the night – with related events kicking off Thursday and continuing through Sunday night. The official line-up of events can be found on-line at www.jukejointfestival.com. Saturday's Juke Joint Festival itself features 100+ blues acts, 12+ daytime stages, 20+ nighttime venue stages, racing pigs, a 5K/8K run, multiple children's activities, history bus tours, arts & crafts vendors, Southern food offerings, a student art/writing contest and much more.
 
Daytime activities are free thanks in large part to major sponsors like C Spire (official technology partner), Isle of Capri (rooms still available), Clarksdale/Coahoma County Tourism Commission and Miss Del's General Store, among others.
 
PRE-SALE WRISTBANDS NOW ON SALE: www.jukejointfestival.com
 
Saturday's nighttime music requires a wristband. Pre-sale wristbands for the festival's 20+ Saturday-night "juke joint" venue stages are available at www.jukejointfestival.com — $15 pre-sale. (Wristbands go up to $20 on the day/night of festival — Sat., April 11th. Details on web site.).
 
“Juke Joint Festival is half blues festival, half small-town fair and all about the Delta,” said to co-organizer Nan Hughes. “There will be tons of official and related events all weekend long for both families and music fans. You literally cannot do, see and hear everything. It's completely overwhelming – in a good way.”
 
"MS HILL COUNTRY BLUES" THURSDAY KICK-OFF
 
The festival weekend starts early with Thursday, April 9th's free Juke Joint Festival Kick-off at 5pm featuring a festival poster signing by artist Cristen Barnard and live lobby blues by Preston Rumbaugh, followed by the annual Miss Sarah Awards.
 
Then, at 6:30pm, the free Kick-off moves onto the Delta Cinema Stage for a special Mississippi Hill Country Blues Tribute to fallen heroes Robert "Wolfman" Belfour and Martin "Big Boy" Grant — featuring Sean "Bad" Apple, Robert Kimbrough Sr., Andre Otha Turner, RL Boyce, Little Joe Ayers, Stud and more. This is followed by a performance featuring Clarksdale's own Dancing Divas of the Delta with music by bluesman character Watermelon Slim.
 
Wristbands and merchandise will also be available at the Kick-off event.
 
Then, on Friday, April 10th, Clarksdale's related events include educational activities at the Delta Blues Museum and book signings, live blues and more at other downtown businesses and entities, including the Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art and the Rock & Blues Museum. At night, Clarksdale's blues clubs and jukes will run till the wee hours.
 
After Saturday’s epic day/night Juke Joint Festival, itself, a Sunday of additional related downtown events will cap off the weekend – including the annual free Cat Head Mini Blues Fest and the Second Street Blues Party. The Rock & Blues Museum and Delta Blues Museum will be open as well as several downtown restaurants and businesses. The weekend wraps up with live blues at Red's Lounge and other venues that night.
 
HOTEL ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE AT ISLE OF CAPRI
 
According to tourism sources, all of the local hotel rooms have been booked up for months. Fortunately, official festival sponsor Isle of Capri in nearby Lula, Mississippi, still has hotel rooms available and will run a bus shuttle to/from festival on Friday and Saturday, 4pm-midnight. Special room rates are available by using the savings code "JUKE 15". Book special room rate at 662-363-4600. Info on hotel at http://lula.isleofcapricasinos.com
  
Full music line-up, event schedule, pre-sale wristbands, parking info, sponsor list and much more available on-line at www.jukejointfestival.com. Festival hotline (Mon.-Sat., 11am-4pm), 662-624-5992.
 
NOTE: The “Juke Joint Festival” name and logo are registered trademarks and cannot be used by outside parties without the express written consent of the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association/Juke Joint Festival. Third parties may not create unauthorized “Juke Joint Festival” products (e.g. T-shirts and apparel) or advertising (e.g. event banners and print ads).
 
#jukejointfestival #clarksdalemississippi #mississippiblues
 
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ARTWORK BY CRISTEN BARNARD (email roger@cathead.biz for jpg):
 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clarksdale, Mississippi's DELTA BUSKING FESTIVAL returns with 2 stages over 3 days!





Clarksdale, Mississippi's 2nd annual Delta Busking Festival pays tribute to blues music's street musician tradition

 
DELTA BUSKING FESTIVAL FEATURES THE HISTORIC STREETS OF CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI, AS A FREE STAGE FOR THE BLUES
 
Clarksdale, Mississippi – This weekend, the Delta Busking Festival returns for its second year in blues-historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. It is part of the tri-state area's Bridging The Blues roster of events.
 
"As far as we know, this is the only blues festival created in tribute to the Delta's street musician tradition," said festival co-organizer Roger Stolle, also owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art. "From Robert Johnson to Foster 'Mr. Tater' Wiley, the blues has always been built on the tips and exposure that street performances offer hard-working musicians."
 
This year's Delta Busking Festival runs Friday-Sunday, September 26-28. It is a daytime event on two stages (plus pop-up performances around town) in front of downtown Clarksdale's iconic Cat Head blues store and world-famous Rock & Blues Museum. And, as co-organizer Theo Dasbach loves to point out, the music doesn't stop at 5pm.
 
"In Clarksdale, we are very fortunate to enjoy live blues music 7 nights a week, every week," said Dasbach, also the founder of the Rock & Blues Museum. "After you enjoy our festival stages during the day, you can go out for music at Red's Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club and other hot spots at night."
 
The festival is a free event. The event poster was sponsored by Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism. Attendees are encouraged to tip the festival musicians as well as buy CDs from the artists.
 
More information:
www.blues2rock.com
www.cathead.biz
www.bridgingtheblues.com
www.msbluestrail.org
 
2014 DELTA BUSKING FESTIVAL LINE-UP (subject to change):

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Cat Head Stage (252 Delta Ave.)
11am - RL SUPERBAD
1pm - Libby Rae Watson
3pm - Orland Moses with BluesGate Jams

Rock & Blues Museum Stage (113 E. 2nd St.)
11am - T.D. Boogieman
1pm - RL SUPERBAD
3pm - Made In Blues

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
 
Cat Head Stage (252 Delta Ave.)
11am - Stinkeye
1pm - The Blues Doctors w/Adam Gussow & Alan Gross
3pm - Zakk and Big Papa Binns

Rock & Blues Museum Stage (113 E. 2nd St.)
11am - RL SUPERBAD
1pm - Made in Blues
3pm - La La

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
 
Cat Head Stage (252 Delta Ave.)
11:30am - Preston Rumbaugh
1pm - Deak Harp

Rock & Blues Museum Stage (113 E. 2nd St.)
11am - RL SUPERBAD
1pm - Made in Blues
3pm - Tony Mac and The Blues Connection
 
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ATTACHED:
- Bridging The Blues (logo)
- Delta Busking Festival (poster)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

After Hours - Ernest Lane

Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ernest had the right background for a bluesman; his father was a barrelhouse pianist, his boyhood friend was Ike Turner and Pinetop Perkins was a family friend who showed the youngster a thing or two. Ike fell in love with the piano when he peered in at The King Biscuit Boys, featuring boogie pianist Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins, rehearsing in the basement of his buddy Ernest Lanes house. When he was just a teenager, Lane hooked up with legendary slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk. Nighthawk eventually took him to Chicago where his solid piano work graced a number of sides cut for the Chess label in 1948-49. These cuts include the blues classic Sweet Black Angel. After Nighthawk Ernest played with Earl Hooker, Houston Stackhouse and others before heading to the California in 1956. After arriving in California, Lane worked with Jimmy Nolen and George Harmonica Smith before being recruited by old buddy Ike Turner to be a member of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. After leaving Ike, Ernest joined a group called the Goodtimers, who eventually wound up backing the Monkees for about a year on tour. Through the late 1960's through the early 1970's he played and recorded for Canned Heat before giving up music altogether until 1999, when Ernest performed again with Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm Band until his Ike's death in 2007.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Marshall Drew Band,

Marshall Drew was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a town whose contributions to blues music many decades ago sealed its musical legacy. Drew himself became interested in music at a young age, learning his first guitar chords at age 5 and writing his first song at 8. “I guess I was a fairly normal kid,” Drew says. “The only thing that set me apart was that I really loved music. I’d invite my friends over to play and just put on one of my dad's old Beatles albums! To me, that was a good time, but they were probably bored out of their minds...” Drew’s dedication to music eventually paid off, and he became a renowned young guitarist around his hometown, playing with several local bands throughout his teens and early twenties. He logged countless miles playing blues music in bars and festivals around the Mississippi Delta. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Blues Got Me Again - Jackie Brenston

Jackie Brenston (August 15, 1930 – December 15, 1979) was an African American R&B singer and saxophonist, who recorded, with Ike Turner's band, the first version of the proto-rock and roll song "Rocket 88". Brenston was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States. Returning to Clarksdale from army service in 1947, Brenston learned to play the tenor saxophone, linking up with Ike Turner in 1950 as sax player and occasional singer in his band. The local success of Turner’s Kings of Rhythm prompted B. B. King to recommend them to studio owner Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee, where the band made several recordings in early March 1951, including "Rocket 88", on which Brenston sang lead and which he was credited with writing. Phillips passed the recordings on to Chess Records in Chicago, who released "Rocket 88" as by "Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats", rather than under Turner's name. The record soon reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and stayed at that position for over a month. Phillips' later claimed that this was the first rock and roll record, this has often been repeated by others, although there are numerous other candidates. Phillips used the success of the record to start Sun Records the following year. After one further recording session, Brenston and Turner parted company, and Brenston went on to perform in Lowell Fulson's band for two years. He returned to play in Turner's band from 1955 to 1962. Although he occasionally sang with the band, Turner apparently barred him from singing "Rocket 88". By now an alcoholic, Brenston continued playing in local bands. After a final recording session with Earl Hooker in 1963, he worked occasionally as a truck driver before a fatal heart attack in Memphis at the age of 49 If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blues Come Home - Clayton Love and Sid Wallace

Clayton Love Jr. (November 16, 1927 – February 28, 2010)[1] was an American blues pianist, who led his own band, the Shufflers, in the early 1950s and later played in Ike Turner's band, the Kings of Rhythm. He was born in Mattson, Mississippi, and grew up in Clarksdale. He served in the US Navy in World War II, and then studied as a pre-med at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College near Vicksburg. He began performing in Vicksburg clubs with his band, the Shufflers, before graduating in 1949. His cousin, bandleader Earl Reed, recommended him to the owner of Trumpet Records, Lillian McMurry, and he first recorded for the label in 1951. The next year he began recording for the Aladdin label, with Raymond Hill's band, and over the following years also recorded for the Modern and Groove labels. Clayton Love was a prominent member of Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm during the mid-'50s, making some of his finest platters with the legendary band. But Love made his first vinyl appearance on Lillian McMurry's Jackson, MS-based Trumpet Records in 1951 with his own jump band, the Shufflers. The combo was a fixture around Vicksburg, where Love was attending Alcorn A&M as a pre-med student. Love's cousin, Natchez bandleader Earl Reed, had recorded for Trumpet and recommended his young relative to McMurry. Love's 1951 debut, "Susie"/ "Shufflin' with Love," exhibited infectious enthusiasm if not a great deal of polish. From there, Love moved over to Aladdin in 1952 (with saxist Raymond Hill's band backing him), Modern (with Turner on guitar) and Groove in 1954, and in 1957, Love fronted and played the 88s with Turner and the Kings of Rhythm on their Federal platters "Do You Mean It," "She Made My Blood Run Cold," and "The Big Question." Turner had nothing to do with Love's pair of 1958 singles for St. Louis-based Bobbin Records; bassist Roosevelt Marks led the backing band for the clever coupling "Limited Love"/ "Unlimited Love." Long settled in the Gateway City, Love made an album for Modern Blues Recordings in 1991 with fellow ivories aces Johnnie Johnson and Jimmy Vaughn, Rockin' Eighty-Eights. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Shake Em On Down / Mystery Train - Wade Walton

Wade Walton is a unique individual having spent his entire life in Clarksdale, cutting hair and slapping out blues rhythms on his razor strap. A barber for 55 years Wade has probably known more blues performers and has performed for and with more blues performers than anybody else around the Clarksdale area. No trip to Clarksdale would be complete without a trip to Wade Walton's barber shop. Many a Blues fan has made the trip to sit in his chair and listen to him talk about and perform the Blues. A great guitarist and harp player in his own right he's also a mean barber so you get double your money's worth. Wade is a favorite performer at Blues Festivals and he brings along his razor strap to show folks how it's done. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wade Walton & Honeyboy Edwards

Wade Walton is a unique individual having spent his entire life in Clarksdale, cutting hair and slapping out blues rhythms on his razor strap. A barber for 55 years Wade has probably known more blues performers and has performed for and with more blues performers than anybody else around the Clarksdale area. No trip to Clarksdale would be complete without a trip to Wade Walton's barber shop. Many a Blues fan has made the trip to sit in his chair and listen to him talk about and perform the Blues. A great guitarist and harp player in his own right he's also a mean barber so you get double your money's worth. Wade is a favorite performer at Blues Festivals and he brings along his razor strap to show folks how it's done. Don't miss him if he's scheduled in your town. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

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.

Friday, December 16, 2011

FILMING CONCLUDES FOR "WE JUKE UP IN HERE" AS ADDITIONAL SPONSORS CLIMB ABOARD



(CLARKSDALE, MS)  In 2008, music producers Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle took viewers on a road trip through the birthplace of the blues in the award-winning film “M For Mississippi.” Now the duo is set to return with a new film exploring what remains of the once-thriving tradition of juke joints in the Mississippi Delta. Filming concluded last week for “We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads.” The DVD/CD set will be released in April 2012 but is available now for pre-order at www.wejukeupinhere.com.

“Great blues music can be enjoyed anywhere, whether it’s at a big outdoor festival or an upscale supper club. But we believe the best place to hear it is in a dimly lit juke filled with tough characters, treacherous women and lukewarm beer,” Konkel said. “This film aims to prove our point.”

Production for “We Juke Up In Here” began in May and continued through the summer and fall. The project reunites Stolle and Konkel with their “M For Mississippi” cinematographer and co-producer Damien Blaylock. Also returning from the previous production was sound engineer Bill Abel. The team was rounded out by talented videographer and photographer Lou Bopp.


Although the movie’s production included film shoots in venues throughout the Delta, the film largely focuses on Red’s Lounge, a long-running juke in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and its owner Red Paden. Over the past decade, Red’s Lounge has emerged as the most active juke joint in the region, hosting live blues every weekend by some of the state’s best-loved bluesmen.

“There are plenty of so-called ‘juke joints’ in Mississippi that book live music during festival weekends when thousands of tourists flood the region,” Stolle said. “But the test of a real juke is what happens when the crowds go home. Red books real-deal blues into his juke week-in and week-out, all year round. He’s like the last of the Mohicans.”
Other venues to be featured in the film include Po’ Monkey’s Lounge in Merigold, Mississippi and the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, Mississippi.

In addition to insightful interviews with juke owners, patrons and musicians, “We Juke Up In Here” will feature gritty performances by Anthony “Big A” Sherrod, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Robert Lee “Lil’ Poochie” Watson, Big George Brock, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Terry “Harmonica” Bean.

“We Juke Up In Here” will be released as a deluxe box set featuring a DVD, a CD soundtrack and a glossy pullout booklet with multiple essays, notes and color photos. The DVD will include the feature-length documentary along with a treasure trove of bonus features including unreleased scenes, production stills, a promotional trailer, closed captioning, foreign-language subtitles and more. The DVD will be region-free and playable on DVD players worldwide. The box set will retail for $29.99 (US).

Customers who pre-order “We Juke Up In Here” from www.wejukeupinhere.com will receive the product before its official release and at a discounted price of $25 (US) plus free shipping worldwide.


Several marketing sponsors have stepped forward with financial support to assist in the production of the movie. The filmmakers’ principal sponsor and partner is the Rootsway Roots & Blues Association (www.rootsandblues.org), a nonprofit organization from Parma, Italy. Founded in 2004, the group is dedicated to promoting rural and indigenous American and African-American musical art forms throughout northern Italy. Rootsway has brought several Mississippi blues performers to Italy in recent years.

Additional sponsors include: AJStephans Company/Jeff Rose (www.ajstephans.com), Cathead Vodka (www.catheadvodka.com), Jerry and Marge Konkel, Lemuria Books (www.lemuriabooks.com), Nayati Dreams (www.nayatidreams.fr), The New Roxy (www.newroxyclarksdale.com), Roadhouse Lou, and Smokestack Blues (www.smokestackblues.com).

Additional sponsorship opportunities remain for “We Juke Up In Here”. To inquire about sponsorships, e-mail the filmmakers at info@wejukeupinhere.com.

“We Juke Up In Here” is a joint production of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art (www.cathead.biz) and Broke & Hungry Records (www.brokeandhungryrecords.com).
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