bluesinthenorthwest.com on tour – Day 4 – Thursday
Posted on: Sunday, Oct 12, 2008
Thu morning we headed to Wallmart for beer and provisions. The sensible ones bought more expensive, better quality garden chairs. The less sensible bought 7 dollar crappy ones.
Downtown Clarksdale was very quiet and clearly very poor; I believe that the main source of income is tourism these days so this festival weekend is very important for them. We went to the Delta Blues Museum and the Cat Head store.
Then off we went to Helena across the great Mississippi river. The festival is in a great location in the middle of the town. It is tightly integrated into the community. On setting up, my cheap chair lasted 8 mins – an all time record I think.
It was great weather – mid 20s no clouds with a cool breeze, very dangerous for an Englishman. The Welsh crowd started making re acquaintances from last year. The festival goers were very friendly people but actually this statement applies to all the southern folks, not just the blues fans but all over the delta.
Thanks to Pete Evans for using my half broken chair to hang a Welsh dragon flag.
It was a great day. For me the highlight was the fabulous Reba Russell. Look out for some dates in the UK in 2009 if the Welsh boyos and bluesinthenorthwest.com can influence. It was a
storming set to an appreciative crowd. She has a killer band, great songs and a sassy and confident delivery. There was a five minute delay caused by a power cut caused by a drunk tripping over the power lead. Reba asked us to pass on the news that she was so hot that she caused the failure.
Quote of the day – from a Reba fan “Man….thayt Reba Russell, she cayn piss o-wn mah heead anytahm”.