Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hellhound On "Our" Trail . . . Our Delta Blues Odyssey

Over the next several weeks, check back with our blog for multiple entries pertaining to our Mississippi Delta adventure. Screamin' Killer Davis (Mr. Stone of Louisville, KY.) joined Jailhouse Gumbo (Dudeboy) and I, Big Mama (Merkin) on one the best roadtrips ever taken. By the way, these are our computer-generated names we got at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas, and they will remain our names for all of the entries dealing with our blues tour of the Mississippi Delta. If you'd like a blues name as well, this appears to be the site that they used to generate ours.

It was an action packed trip . . . as are most of our trips. We pushed the light every day. There will be entries on gravesites, museums, historic sites visited, and miscellaneous oddments. All in all, we saw the gravesites for 14 blues men and women, including all three of Robert Johnson's graves! We attempted to visit eleven different museums . . . eight of which pertained to the blues (4 of those were unfortunately closed). We saw homesites, birthsites, deathsites, historic sites, nature reclaimed homes, historical markers out the Yazoo, Civil War sites, various oddments, and many nice and fine people! This trip is a great argument for homeschooling, as Jailhouse Gumbo learned about the Delta, blues, Jim Crow, geography . . . things that need to be experienced to take hold. As Mr. Johnson exclaimed:
I got to keep movin', I've got to keep movin'
Blues fallin' down like hail, blues fallin' down like hail
Umm-mm-mm-mm, blues fallin' down like hail, blues fallin' down like hail
And the day keeps on worrin' me, there's a hellhound on my trail
Hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail...

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