Monday, December 5, 2011
Delta Blues Odyssey . . . Grave Concerns
Big Joe Williams . . . buried outside of Crawford, Mississippi.
Joe Lee "Big Joe" Williams
"King of the Nine-String Guitar"
Big Joe sustained the longest recording career of any Mississippi bluesman, spanning seven decades (1929-1982). He was a true American Original.
Elmore James . . . buried outside of Ebenezer, Mississippi.
"King of the Slide Guitar"
January 27, 1918 May 24, 1963
Born in Holmes County, Mississippi Elmore James electrified the rural delta blues with his unique slide guitar style creating a powerful legacy that will remain forever in American music. THE SKY IS CRYING. . . . LOOK AT THE TEARS ROLL DOWN THE STREET
Lonnie Pitchford . . . buried in the same cemetery as Elmore James. A most fitting gravestone, for there is a diddley bow on the side of it (you probably can not make it out, but in the pictures above and below we are plucking at the string). And if you don't understand why it is a fitting tribute, click on the links.
"The Delta is my school and the blues is my teacher. It's still God's music. It's just telling the truth."
James "Son" Thomas . . . buried outside of Leland, Mississippi.
James "Son" Thomas
Oct.14, 1926 - June 26, 1993
World renowned Sculptor and Recording Artist, beloved father, grandfather and friend.
"Give me beefsteak when I'm hungry, whiskey when I'm dry, pretty women when I'm living, heaven when I die."
Willie Foster . . . buried in Holly Ridge, Mississippi (near the grave of Charley Patton).
Willie James Foster
Sept. 19, 1921
May 20, 2001
Mississippi John Hurt . . . buried outside of Avalon, Mississippi.
John S Hurt
Born Mar 8 1892
Died Nov 2 1966
The grave of Mississippi John Hurt is located in one of the more isolated cemeteries we visited . . . and his grave is in the back of that. Apparently, not so long ago, the road to the cemetery was fairly rutted, but it has been graded recently. So, no problems of access now.
Memphis Minnie . . . buried outside of Walls, Mississippi.
Lizzie "Kid" Douglas Lawlers
June 3, 1897
Aug. 6, 1973
Gus Cannon . . . buried outside of Hernando, Mississippi.
Oct. 15, 1779
May he rest in peace.