Sam Cooke’s Mississippi Blues Trail Marker in Clarksdale, MS
In 2006 walking around Helena, AR during the Arkansas Blues And Heritage Festival 2006 I came across this young lady with the amazing hairstyle and an even more amazing voice. A few years later it seems she hit the big time but in 2006 she was working as a street musician for the festival. I’m still amazed that I saw and appreciated Valerie June before she became the international star she is today
On a gravel road in Merigold, MS is the Mississippi Blues Trail Maker for Po’ Monkeys.
Po’ Monkey’s, one of Mississippi’s most famous juke joints, was also the residence of Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry. According to Seaberry, he opened for business c. 1963. He worked as a farmer and continued to live here and operate the club on certain afternoons and nights. By the 1990s Po’ Monkey’s was attracting a mixed crowd of locals as well as college students from Delta State University and blues aficionados in search of “authentic” juke joints. The dramatic décor both inside and outside the club also attracted attention from news outlets including the New York Times and noted photographers including Annie Leibovitz; Mississippi’s Birney Imes, who featured the club in his 1990 book Juke Joint; and Will Jacks, in his 2019 book Po’ Monkey’s: Portrait of a Juke Joint.