Below, you’ll find all you need to know about places to stay and things to see in Clarksdale and the blues-drenched Mississippi Delta. Wherever you spend the night or visit... please “tell ‘em Cat Head sent ya!”

1.  AREA ACCOMMODATIONS — Where to stay.

CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI - Main "Delta blues" town; home of Delta Blues Museum, Cat Head blues store, Rock & Blues Museum, Red’s Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club, etc.; centrally located for festivals in region; 90 min. south of Memphis; 90 min. north of Greenville; 60 min. from Oxford, Greenwood or Indianola; 30 min. from Helena, AR.
NOTE: During festival time periods, please feel free to email Cat Head’s Roger Stolle for updates on where rooms might be available, etc. —

NEED A ROOM FOR JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL 2016? Try calling places below, or simply book a room at our major festival sponsor in nearby Lula, Mississippi (30 min. away) — ISLE OF CAPRI! They have plenty of hotel rooms plus RV parking. Call 1-800-THE-ISLE (1-800-843-4753) or GO HERE:

SPECIALTY HOTELS/B&Bs/CONDOS/APTS (nicest or most interesting places to stay):
Clark House Residential Inn - Restored home of Clarksdale founder John Clark; quiet, historic neighborhood, very convenient to downtown. Click link or call 662-621-1632.
Delta Cotton Company Apartments above world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club in downtown Clarksdale. Click link or call 662-645-9366 or 662-621-9009.
The Lofts at Five & Dime - Luxury condo apartments above old Woolworth building — now the Yazoo Pass restaurant — downtown. Click link or call 662-645-8874.
* Bluestown Inn - Two fully-furnished apartments, adjacent to Clarksdale Furniture store, downtown -- across from Visitor Center inside former Greyhound Station, 662-624-5251.
Delta Bohemian Guest House - Beautiful overnight accommodations in a renovated guesthouse situated back in a comfortable neighborhood adjacent to Clarksdale’s historic downtown entertainment district. Click link or call 662-392-9249.
Seven Chimneys Farm - Wonderful overnight lodging near historic Stovall Farms in Clarksdale. Three updated shacks and a classic Airstream. Click or call 662-483-0114,,
Big Pink Guesthouse - Historic accommodations conveniently located across from Delta Blues Museum; under new mgmt. 662-302-7500; also ask about Pink Bar.
High Cotton Condos apartments, downtown,, 901-326-8571.
Haberdashery Lofts, downtown,, 901-326-8571
* Blues Hound Flat apartment, downtown, 901-272-0230 (
Squeeze Box, Delta Digs and The Hooker Hotel — 3 apartments, 2nd & Delta downtown, contact John Magnusson 732-740-6155,
* Chateau DeBris guest house, 111 Leflore Ave. downtown, group stays of 8-10 people (or room rentals by night). Call John Magnusson 732-740-6155.
The Riverside Hotel - The most blues-historic place to stay in the world. "It’s where Bessie Smith died and Ike Turner lived!" (Former owner Frank “Rat” Ratliff passed away in 2013, but his daughter Zee is running it just fine.) Email Zee at or call 662-624-9163, 662-645-3152.
Shack-up Inn and Cotton Gin Inn - Very popular, historic accommodations on the grounds of the old Hopson Plantation, near Hwy 61 bypass & 49), 662-624-8329.
* Shacksdale Motel - Located across RR track from Shack-up,
The Loft at Hopson Plantation - Large loft located beside Shack-up Inn (near Hwy 61 bypass & 49); also ask about small house rentals, 662-902-3866.
* “Johnnie Be Goode’s” House (2 bed/1.5 bath, near downtown), 209-304-3815 or 209-217-6040 (, #146407).
* Rusty’s Roost: newly renovated, deluxe 2BR, 1BA cottage, adjacent to downtown; Book thru VRBO / Homeaway # 3948442 OR inquire via
* Gimme Gumbo Apartment. One bedroom. Nightly / short-term rental. Across from Cat Head on Delta Ave. Double bed, foldout couch, kitchen, washer/dryer. Debbie: 662-302-1256,
* Delta Amusement Cafe Apartment (beside restaurant, downtown), 662-627-1467.
* Bobo Guesthouse (in historic neighborhood adjacent to downtown) - 2-story brick guesthouse w/2 bedrooms, 1 bath. For info, contact or 601-927-0522.
* Air B&B for Clarksdale -
* Vacation Rentals by Owner -

GENERAL HOTELS/MOTELS (largest/newest generally starting at top of list):
* NEW Hampton Inn (15000 New Africa Rd., behind McDonald’s), 662-621-1717
Comfort Inn (on 818 S State State St. a.k.a. 161), 662-627-5122 (
Rodeway Inn (formerly “Executive Inn,” 710 State St. a.k.a. 161), 662-627-9292
America's Best Value Inn (350 S State Street a.k.a. 161), 662-621-1110
Budget Inn (420 S State Str. a.k.a. 161), 662-624-6541
Uptown Motor Inn (sometimes called the "Uptown" or "Downtowner" by locals, 305 E. 2nd St.), 662-627-3251
Southern Inn (1904 N. State Street a.k.a. 161), 662-624-6558
Royal Inn (1910 N. State Street a.k.a. 161), 662-624-4391 (definitely older, very basic place; debatable area; please check it out first)
* (Hick's Motel -- 662-624-9900 -- is
NOT... again NOT recommended for tourists/visitors; bad area, poorly maintained, etc.)

* Expo Center, 1150 Wildcat Dr. at State St. & Anderson Blvd. in Clarksdale (near Kroger/Walmart), booked through Coahoma County Outreach,; 662-302-8822; RV camping available w/hook-ups, tent camping, etc. in fenced paved/grassy mix area near Expo Center; bathrooms/laundry. (Note: during annual Juke Joint Festival, the fest runs a Saturday night bus shuttle that runs by hotels AND the Expo Center.)
* RV parking is allowed in Walmart parking lot at 1000 South State St.

* “Sunflower River Camping”: Wednesday-Sunday, April 13-17, 2016 — Quapaw Canoe Company is offering bathroom and shower access to persons camping along banks of Sunflower River in the City Park around our facility and in other places downtown.  Bathroom and shower access is $25/tent/night.  Proceeds generated will be donated to Clarksdale Police Dept.   Bring your own tent and sleeping bags.  Don’t park on asphalt drive which the police use for access.  Camping is in grassy areas of City Park to north of ramp, and any flat grassy  places down along the river.  Please don’t block gravel road access to Canoe Company.  No open fires, but camp stoves, hibachis or small personal-sized BBQ okay.  No smoking (city ordinance in public places).  For more information contact: Zoë Sundra at Quapaw Canoe Company: 662 627 4070,

NOTE — IF YOU CAN’T FIND CLARKSDALE ROOMS FOR A FESTIVAL: During blues festival time periods, call early and often for rooms!! If you are having trouble finding a room, the Delma Furniss Mississippi Welcome Center in nearby Lula can help you find/book a hotel room in Clarksdale, Coahoma County or across the river in Helena - 662.337.2305; tell them your preference is to stay in Clarksdale, though, so they check there first. If you cannot find any room vacancies at your preferred accommodation during festival time periods, then book what you can and get on some preferred waiting lists. Since folks book their festival rooms so early, some will inevitably have to cancel as the festival gets closer. If all that doesn’t work, then perhaps consider renting an RV / camper in Memphis (maybe try?: Cruise America... Midsouth Motor Coach... Get or RV Rentals of America); then, stay at Expo Center (camping facilities) in Clarksdale (where our Blues Bus shuttle will run on Sat night of Juke Joint Festival, by the way). Finally, if you still can’t figure out where/how to stay during a fest... Call Cat Head blues store (662-624-5992) or Tourism/Chamber of Commerce (662-627-6149; ) - We may have heard of additional options.

LULA, MISSISSIPPI - At foot of bridge from Lula, MS to Helena, AR; 25-30 min. from Clarksdale:

NEED A ROOM FOR JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL 2016? Simply book a room at our major festival sponsor in nearby Lula, Mississippi (30 min. away) — ISLE OF CAPRI! They have plenty of hotel rooms plus RV parking. Call 1-800-THE-ISLE (1-800-843-4753) or GO HERE:

Delma Furniss Mississippi Welcome Center in Lula will help you find/book a hotel room in Coahoma County or across the river in Helena - 662.337.2305.


Tunica (small 'Main Street' town), MS - South of Tunica/Robinsonville; 40 min. north of Clarksdale.
Once Upon a Time Bed & Breakfast (1149 Main St.), 662-363-3217
Hotel Marie (1195 Main St.), 662-363-0100

Tunica (Robinsonville), MS
- Gaming/casino area; 40-45 min. north of Clarksdale.
* Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau (can assist with recommendations), 662-363-3800
* Royal Inn & Suites (3515 Hwy 61 N), 662-363-1532
* Holiday Inn Express (4250 Casino Center Dr.), 662-363-0030
* Key West Inn (Hwy 61 North), 662-363-0021
* King's Quarters (Robinson-Com Rd.), 662-363-5955
* Tunica Levee Inn (1070 Riverview Dr.), 662-363-2002
* Tunica Motel (1011 Hwy 61 North), 662-363-2932
Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino
Sam's Town Hotel & Casino
Hollywood Casino
Horseshoe Tunica Casino
* Gold Strike Resort & Casino
* Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel

Cleveland, MS - Home of Delta State U.; near Dockery Farms; 40 min. south of Clarksdale.
* Days Inn - 662-846-5404
* Colonial Inn - 662-843-3641
* Comfort Inn - 662-843-4060
* Hampton Inn - 662-846-1525
* Holiday Inn Express - 662-843-9300
* Western Motel - 662-843-6908
* Delta Inn - 662-846-1873
* Molly's B&B - 662-843-9913
* The Conner House - 662-843-0756
* Cleveland Inn - 662-846-1411

Rosedale, MS
- Small, historic river town (home of White Front Cafe); 40 min. south of Clarksdale.
* Great River Road State Park (camping/hiking/river access)

Batesville, MS - Strip malls, restaurants, hotels; near Hwy 55; 45-50 min. from Clarksdale.
* Comfort Inn 601-563-1188
* Days Inn 601-563-4999
* Ramada Limited 601-563-4528
* Amerihost Inn 601-563-6592
* Hampton Inn 601-578-5555
* Skyline Motel 601-563-7671

Greenwood, MS
- Close to three Robert Johnson grave markers; 50-60 min from Clarksdale.
Alluvian Hotel (luxury hotel), 662-453-2114
Tallahatchie Flats (renovated shacks), 662-453-1854

Oxford, MS
- Home of U of Miss ("Ole Miss") and Living Blues 'Blues Archive'; 60 min. from Clarksdale.
* University of Mississippi Hotel Network,

Helena/West Helena, Arkansas (hotels/motels) -
Home of Delta Cultural Center; 30-35 min. from Clarksdale.
* Super 7 Motel (1007 MLK Dr., right across Miss-Ark bridge from Lula, Ms), 800-753-9701
* Best Western Inn (1053 W Hwy 49), 870-572-2592
* Motel 6 West Helena (1207 US 49 & Sharon St.), 870-572-7915
* Downtown Inn 870-338-9125
* Delta Inn 870-572-7915
* Harbor Inn 870-572-2597
* Holiday Star 870-572-3717
* Sands 870-572-6774

Helena, Arkansas (historic bed & breakfasts)
- Home of Delta Cultural Center; 30-35 min. from Clarksdale.
* Edwardian Inn, 870-338-9155
* Magnolia Hills, 870-338-6874
* Foxglove Bed & Breakfast, 870-338-9391
* Stone Ridge Inns I, 870 338-9390 or 870 338-9044
* Stone Ridge Inns II, 870 338-9390 or 870 338-9044
* Harvest House Bed & Breakfast Brinkley, AR, 870-734-1281
Helena's campgrounds & R.V. Parks - Click here for King Biscuit camping info.
* Riverpark Campground/RV Park located 2 blocks from King Biscuit festival at the Mississippi River Park. 870 338-9047


2.  GUIDE TO CLARKSDALE — Where to play.

(General weekly live music schedule:  MON @ Bluesberry Cafe & Hopson Commissary. TUES @ Hambone Gallery. WED @ Club 2000 juke joint & Ground Zero Blues Club. THUR @ Ground Zero Blues Club, sometimes Red’s Lounge & sometimes Shack Up Inn. FRI @ Red’s Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club, Stone Pony & sometimes Shack Up Inn. SAT @ Red’s Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Zero, Hopson Commissary & sometimes Shack Up Inn. SUN @ Red’s Lounge & sometimes Shack Up Inn. Go to “Music Calendar” page for details.)


Abe's Bar-B-Q restaurant - BBQ at the 61/49 crossroads. 616-1/2 N State St., (662) 624-9947.

(The) Bank Building - Big, beautiful, historic building available for parties, receptions and special events. Large main room, smaller room and patio area. Kitchen, restrooms, etc. Call Bubba O'Keefe today at 662-645-8874 for more information. Corner of E. 2nd St. & Yazoo Ave.

Big Pink Guest House - In addition to overnight accommodations, The Big Pink is a great setting for private parties, weddings, receptions and meetings. Side patio facing the front of the Blues Museum’s stage for private viewing of festivals and music events being held on the stage. For info/reservations: 251-490-9703. In the old pink brick building on John Lee Hooker Lane near the Museum.

Birdsong Tours - Custom local tours to fit your needs.... Blues/historical/agricultural. Contact Robert Birdsong at, 662-645-6061 or 662-624-6051 ... and tell him Cat Head sent ya.

Blues Hound Flat - A cool, new place to stay in Clarksdale. A hip flat (apartment) located within easy walking distance of downtown blues clubs, museums and stores. Rental info, photos and rates at

Bluesberry Cafe - Florida-transplants Art and Carol offer live blues music every Monday (Often Watermelon Slim or Sean “Bad” Apple) PLUS Blues Breakfast Fri/Sat/Sun (7:30am breakfast; 10am live blues). Call for more info. 235 Yazoo Ave. (662) 627-7008.

Bluestown Music - Cool, independently-owned vintage guitar and instrument store that features a small recording studio in back. Mon.-Fri., Noon-5pm. Sat., 10am-5pm. 317 Delta Ave. (662) 645-1816.

Cab service - Jerry’s Cab, 662-624-9222. Jolly Cab, 662-624-9256. (Also, see Delta Bohemian Excursions below.) If staying at Shack Up Inn, ask if Barry is available for shuttling. At Hopson Commissary, as about the Redneck Limo. If visiting Ground Zero Blues Club, ask about their limo.

CAT HEAD DELTA BLUES & FOLK ART - Called "1 of 17 Coolest Record Stores in America" (Paste magazine), "Keeping the Blues Alive Award" recipient (retail category) and "Blues Music Award" winner. Specializing in great blues CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, T-shirts and much much more. Plus, affordable blues and folk art. "Sounds Around Town" chalkboard with weekly music and event updates - just call, drop by or visit our web page. "Live" music and book signings in store occasionally... including free "Cat Head's Mini Blues Fests" out in the street after Sunflower River, King Biscuit and Juke Joint Blues Festivals (please tip the musicians!). Email Roger to be added to regular Delta Update e-list. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun. by chance/appointment. 252 Delta Ave. Phone/fax (662) 624-5992,,

CAT HEAD PRESENTS... record label - Pick up Big George Brock's Club Caravan, Round Two or Live At Seventy Five CDs as well as his Hard Times DVD ... and step back in time ... to the days of the big Muddy/Wolf/Reed/Sonny Boy II sound. Multiple Blues Music Award and Living Blues Award nominations. ALSO, check out : M For Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues and We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi’s Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads (joint productions of Cat Head and Broke & Hungry Records) -- click image above to view trailers or purchase..

MORE CAT HEAD STUFF... Down In The Delta magazine column and Sirius-XM Satellite Radio "Bluesville" update - Check out Cat Head's regular column in Blues Revue Magazine and weekly on-air call-in with Sirius-XM Radio's Bill Wax at 4pm CST on most Thursdays.

Clarksdale Film Festival - The last weekend in January (Thurs-Sun)! Over two dozen films and more celebrating our region's music, culture and people... at Delta Cinema and other great Clarksdale venues. Plus, many filmmaker introductions/Q&As, etc. Includes movie history bus tours (Sat) and related live blues every night. Organized by same folks who put on the annual Juke Joint Festival. Details at web site (click fest name). - Find current Clarksdale news, information and links. Lots of fest ads... Thanks Larry. See for yourself! - “Clarksdale’s Home Page.” Virtual clearinghouse of Clarksdale news, information and links. You can also watch videoed City and County meetings here. Check it out! - The official web site of Clarksdale Revitalization and its downtown Clarksdale Visitor Station. Thanks Mac & co. - It's the web site of Clarksdale & Coahoma County Tourism (located on Hwy 49). Thanks Kappi.

Clarksdale Visitor's Station - At corner of Third and Issaquena, downtown, it is the location of the former Clarksdale Greyhound Bus Station. It is now restored an operating as a visitor's station and the home of Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. Contact Mac Crank for more info at

Clark House Residential Inn - Spend the night in the home of the founder of Clarkdale -- John Clark. Beautiful, comfortable inn... just two blocks from our vibrant downtown entertainment district. Billy Howell of Delta Bohemian fame is your friendly host. 211 Clark Street. 662-621-1632. Email:

Club 2000 - Club 2000 is a tiny juke joint on Issaquena, near the New Roxy. Occasional live blues... mostly at blues festival times. (Former home base for the late street musician known at “Mr. Tater.”)

Cotton Gin Inn/Shack-up Inn - Rustic former plantation with numerous old buildings and sharecropper shacks... plus an old Cotton Gin full of rooms... sometimes-music venue, etc. Updated with A.C., heat, showers, microwaves, etc. A favorite of regular folks, musicians and movie stars alike! Make reservations on line or call. Off of Old Hwy. 49, 662-624-8329 (Shackup/Cotton Gin Inn).

"Crossroads" Monument - A favorite tourist stop. Hwy. 61 at 49 in Clarksdale. (There's an older crossing of Old Hwy. 61 & 49 at the intersection of East Tallahatchie and Martin Luther King Drive in the old New World District near downtown.)

Cutrer Cultural Arts Center (Coahoma County Higher Education Center) - Large, historic mansion available for weddings, parties, workshops, conferences and other engagements -- in addition to its role as a higher education center. 109 Clark St., 662-627-3016.

Delta Amusement Cafe - The biggest, greasiest breakfest in town (that's a compliment!) plus sturdy plate lunches. The proprietor is a real character but a great guy just the same. During festival events in town, he sometimes has "live" blues. 348 Delta Ave. (662) 627-1467.

Delta Blues Room - Spacious and comfortable soul-blues/DJ venue that opened in 2004. Open most evenings with excellent food, regular DJ events and occasional "live" blues on weekends. 662-624-9200; email 220 Sunflower Ave.

Delta Cotton Company Apartments above Ground Zero Blues Club (very cool) available for daily/weekly rental; call Toni or Ashley at 662-645-9366 for apartment info -- and tell her that Cat Head sent ya. Club info: 0 Blues Alley, (662) 621-9009, lists coming acts.

Delta Blues Museum in historic train depot- The world’s first blues museum opened in 1979. Muddy Waters’ addition opened in 2012. Muddy Waters' cabin, signed guitars, blues photos and gift shop. A must-see! Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, Mar.-Sept.; Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, Oct.-Feb.). 662-627-6820. 1 Blues Alley,

Delta Bohemian - Online magazine and multi-media website "Celebrating Constancy & Diversity Deep in the Heart of the Mississippi Delta" at  Plus, a bricks-and-mortar gift shop at 274 Sunflower Ave. in downtown Clarksdale — shop Mon-Sat 9-5 or 24/7 at

Delta Bohemian Guest House - Beautiful overnight accommodations in a renovated guesthouse situated back in a comfortable neighborhood adjacent to Clarksdale’s historic downtown entertainment district. Click link or call 662-313-9222 or 662-392-9249.

Delta Bohemian Excursions - Terrific tours and transportation via DB Pedicab (aka rickshaw) or car. History tours and more available. Click link for pricing and options, or call Billy Howell at 662-645-9197.

Delta Digs - The Squeeze Box, Delta Digs and The Hooker Hotel (as in “John Lee Hooker”) are three side by side, unattached apartments, operated by the same fine folks. Super cool, funky decor in the heart of downtown. Click link or call John at 732 740-6155.

Delta Jubilee festival - The Chamber of Commerce puts this on in early June each year. Expect carnival rides, visiting food vendors and rock (w/occasional blues or country) music. Details at

(The) Den - The Den is a family-friendly, smoke/alcohol-free music venue that runs occasionally. Owned by Theo and Cindy of the Rock n Blues Museum. 220 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, MS (901-605-8662) -- THE DEN IS NOW FOR SALE (Middleton Realty).

Dreamboat BBQ - Tasty new BBQ, Delta tamale & soul food restaurant conveniently located in the heart of downtown inside the renovated “Cream Boat” aka “Stackhouse Record Mart” building. 232 Sunflower Ave., 662-902-2412.

Early Wright's gravesite - Resting place of one of the South's most famous DJ's. Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Lyon, MS, just north of Clarksdale on hwy. 61. (Unfortunately, the grave lacks headstone at present.)

(former) Greyhound Bus Station - Restored and currently operating as a visitor's station at the corner of 3rd and Issaquena. Email Mac Crank at for more info.

Ground Zero Blues Club - Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman. Live music (mostly blues) from Wed-Sat every week -- plus Sunday blues brunch during festival weekends. Also, fully furnished Delta Cotton Co. Apartments rooms above; call 662-645-9366 for apartment info. Club info: 0 Blues Alley, (662) 621-9009, lists coming acts.

Ground Zero Blues Club Music - DVD/CD label started by Gary and Carol Vincent (Vincent Productions) to record special events at Ground Zero Blues Club (above). Production facilities and recording studio for label are house in old Coahoma Opportunities building on Issaquena in downtown Clarksdale.

Hambone Festival - Started in October 2007 by musician/artist Stan Street (see below). Held annually on Halloween weekend.

Hambone Gallery - Art gallery owned and operated by Stan and Dixie Street -- a couple wonderful Clarksdale transplants from Florida. Stan is an excellent painter (mostly blues subjects in folk art style -- Cat Head carries his work, too!).  Both are blues musicians. Gallery features live blues every Tuesday evening at 8pm. 111 East Second.

Henry "Son" Sims grave site - Buried in Bell Grove Cemetery.

Hick's BBQ - Great food, including wonderful BBQ and Delta-style hot tamales. Drive through window for lunch and dinner to go. Knock on door to eat in. Across from the America’s Best Value Inn on State St. (Hwy. 161 in town).

Levon’s Drug Store Diner (former Holy Moly location) - Super-cool, Clarksdale diner (owned & operated by some awesome Aussie's!) with live music on Sunday afternoons PLUS craft beer, pasta, sub sandwiches and more at 301 Issaquena Ave., near clubs and accommodations in historic downtown.

(The) Hooker Hotel - The Squeeze Box, Delta Digs and The Hooker Hotel (as in “John Lee Hooker”) are three side by side, unattached apartments, operated by the same fine folks. Super cool, funky decor in the heart of downtown. Click link or call John at 732 740-6155.

Hopson Plantation/Commissary/THE LOFT - Rustic old plantation commissary w/occasional music events, including the annual "Pinetop Perkins Homecoming" each October. ALSO, stay at... THE LOFT at Hopson wonderful overnight accommodations that are very cool. web site or call 662-902-3866 to book it for a night, a week or whatever. 8141 Old Hwy. 49, 624-5756 (Hopson Commissary/Loft only).

Hotels in Clarksdale & vicinity - See our complete "Accommodations" listing above. Note that festival weekends book up WAY EARLY(!!), so book rooms as far in advance as possible. If you can't find a room for a fest week, reserve the best/closest room you CAN find, and then get on waiting lists for Comfort Inn, Executive Inn, etc. Folks book so far out for festivals that rooms often open up as the event draws near. If you need recommendations for places to stay, please email or call the Cat Head store at 662-624-4992. (If you need someone to find/reserve a room for you, please contact the Delma Furniss Mississippi Welcome Center in nearby Lula, MS.)

Ike Turner's home - Where the Father of Rock 'n Roll grew up. 304 Washington St.

Isle of Capri Entertainment Resort in Lula, MS. - "Visit our tropical paradise with three great restaurants, two hotels, a great showroom meeting rooms and two great casinos with 24 hour live action. Call 1-800-789-5825 for more information."

Juke Joint Fesival & Related Events - Awesome, low-cost annual event to be held Thurs night thru Sun night, April 10-13 in 2014 (Fest on Sat. w/related events that Thurs., Fri. & Sun.) that combines a real-deal blues festival with a traditional small town fair. Fun, family events like pig races, a petting zoo and history bus tours of Clarksdale ... plus great "live" real-deal blues music, tasty Delta food and good ole Southern hospitality during the day. Authentic "lock up your daughters" Delta blues played in old time juke joints at night. For the nighttime portion, we book local/regional acts into 20+ great blues clubs/jukes w/25+ acts! Over 100 blues acts perform over the weekend. Then, we rent a couple buses and drivers to take you around to them and back to your hotel... All for just the price of a pre-sale $15 wristband. Pretty sweet. Book your rooms early for this one. Details and photos from last year on the web site. (662) 624-5992 for info. ALSO, there will be plenty "live" blues in the clubs, etc. on that Friday night and another free CAT HEAD'S MINI BLUES FEST out front of Cat Head on that Sunday (April 13, 2014).

Kathryn's on Moon Lake - So, o.k. it's not exactly IN Clarksdale, but it is nearby at Moon Lake -- a scenic and historic location. Steaks and seafood are the specialties of the house. 5770 Moon Lake Rd. 662-337-2962.

THE LOFT at Hopson Plantation - THE LOFT at Hopson... new overnight accommodations that are very cool. Go to web site or call 662-902-3866 to book it for a night, a week or whatever. 8141 Old Hwy. 49, 624-5756 (Hopson Commissary/Loft only).

The Lofts At The Five & Dime - Gorgeous, nearly 1,000 sq. ft. luxury condo apts located conveniently downtown in Clarksdale -- above the old Woolworth's building (now the tasty Yazoo Pass restaurant. Rooms include master suite w/king bed, full kitchen/living room w/queen sleep sofa and more. Six units total. Yazoo Ave & E. 2nd St. Click web link above for details or reservations, or call Bubba O'Keefe at 662-645-8874. Yazoo Pass restaurant is located below the Lofts and open 6 days a week.

Mac's Lounge - Robert Mugge's 1991 blues documentary "Deep Blues" featured Big Jack Johnson performing here when it was called the Pastime Lounge. Mac's does NOT feature "live" blues, however. 426 Desoto Ave.

Margaret's Blue Diamond - Once a favorite juke of the locals but closed by an ice storm in the 1990s, the building has recently reopened as CW's but with no sign out front. There's rarely "live" blues any more (except on the occasional Sunday night) but some on the juke box. The video "Juke Joint Saturday Night" was filmed here. By the railroad tracks, one block over from Turner's Grill.

Miss Del's General Store - They may look a touch old fashioned, but they feature the best of everything... from feed, seed and garden products to jewelry, bath products, gifts, gourmet foods, antiques, fine chocolates and pecans. (Plus, lattes and cappuccinos!) Shop Mon.-Sat. or on-line 24/7. 662-624-2381. 145 Delta Avenue in historic downtown Clarksdale.

Messenger's - Perhaps the oldest, continously running business in Clarksdale, Messengers is a tight ship run by Mr. George Messenger. It's part pool hall and domino den... and part café and juke joint. Drop in for a beer and a sandwich and watch for occasional blues shows. 2005 was a big year for the venue. It was featured in an award-winning documentary, a feature article in the Clarion-Ledger and one of the hottest spots in town during the Juke Joint Festival (when Jimbo Mathus and the boys tore up the place!). On MLK Drive (4th St.) between Sunflower and Yazoo.

Mississippi Blues Trail - Over 160 wonderful Blues Trail markers throughout Mississippi -- with several markers in Clarksdale and Coahoma County for Ike Turner, Sam Cooke, WROX Radio, Muddy Waters, Riverside Hotel, Livin' In Lula....! Not to be missed. Web site also has live music calendar.

Muddy's Mound - Former site of Muddy Water's famous cabin on Stovall Plantation. A marker on the site tells the story and includes this quote from Eric Clapton, "Muddy Waters' music changed my life, and whether you know it or not, and like it or not, it probably changed yours, too." ALSO, there is now a State Blues Trail Marker at the Mound. The cotton fields still thrive behind the site.

New Roxy - Historic live performance/former-movie theater in the New World District of Clarksdale (Issaquena Ave.). The New Roxy is now an AWESOME open-roof, walled amphitheater that features live music during festival weekends and special events. It is quite possibly the coolest live music venue the the South!!! Check it out if you can!

Our GrandMa’s House of Pancakes - Tasty breakfast, lunch and more at former Oxbow location. 115 Third St. 662-592-5290.

Oxbow Restaurant - WONDERFUL, Delta-casual-meets-tasty-gourmet restaurant in former Pinkbar building on John Lee Hooker Lane near Delta Blues Museum, downtown. Opened in March 2011 by husband and wife team of Hayden & Erica Hall -- two young Clarksdalians who spent time away in New Orleans, D.C., etc... and then decided to return to join our downtown’s revitalization. Open Tues thru Sat for lunch. 662-627-6781.

Quapaw Canoe Company - Join artist/musician/adventurer John "Riverman" Ruskey on a canoe trip on the mighty Mississippi! Simply amazing. As short or long as you care to make the trip. Affordable and memorable. 291 Sunflower Avenue, 662.627.4070.

Ramon's Restaurant - A hidden little gem (a couple blocks from where the Cat Head's live). Simple but excellent fare in an atmosphere straight out of the 1970s. Fried seafood, chicken livers, crawfish in season. Look for a mention in Gourmet magazine (late summer 2005). 535 Oakhurst St. (662) 624-9230.

Ranchero Restaurant - A popular family institution here in town. Folks call it "The Ranch." The menu includes BBQ, fried seafood and salad bar. 1907 State St. (662) 624-9768

Red's Lounge - Excellent local juke joint -- featured in doc “We Juke Up In Here”. Sure it looks closed and/or scary, but it is actually just a big ole wonderful house party. Open some weekday nights and all weekends with "live" blues some weekends with live blues EVERY WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT. Special events during festival time. If you come to Clarksdale, you simply MUST visit Big Red at his killer juke! Regulars (in past) include T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, Big T, Lightnin' Malcolm, Big A, Bilbo Walker, etc. 395 Sunflower Ave. (Corner of MLK Dr./4th St. and Sunflower.) Contact Cat Head at for more info.

Rest Haven - A Lebanese-owned Clarksdale institution, the Rest Haven is kind of like dinner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The difference is that you are offered a mix of Lebanese, Italian and downhome Delta items on the menu. Nice folks. 419 State St. (662) 624-8601

Roger Stolle - See "Stolle, Roger" directly below.

Riverside Hotel - Site of African-American hospital where Bessie Smith died in 1937. Ike Turner, Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Boy II, Pop Staples, John Lee Hooker and John F. Kennedy, Jr. all stayed or lived here after it became a hotel/boardinghouse. (There used to be a late-night club called "The Subway" in the basement, too!) Founded on Oct. 11, 1944 and currently run by the always accommodating Frank "Rat" Ratliff. Rat's been spending a lot of time renovating some adjacent structures, lately... So look for more accommodations to be available soon. 615 Sunflower Ave., (662) 624-9163. ALSO, there is now a State Blues Trail Marker at the Riverside.

RUST Restaurant - Fine dining, Delta style... in historic downtown Clarksdale. Features live music (sometimes blues) some nights! Excellent food and atmosphere... inside the Cotton Gin at Shack Up Inn (Hopson Plantation, out Hwy 49).

Rock & Blues Museum - Theo and his wife Cindy moved here from the Netherlands (via Memphis), and opened a very cool museum seven-plus years ago. Packed full of music memorabilia from the 1920’s through the 1970‘s. Follow the evolution of America’s music from blues, R&B, and rockabilly to rock ‘n roll and soul and see how it influenced people all over the globe. Includes rare blues 78 records and more! TUESDAY thru SATURDAY 11am to 5pm. Sunday and Monday by appointment, call 901-605-8662. 113 E. Second St.

Sam Cooke's home location - Soul music's legendary Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale in 1931. Corner of 7th St. and Illinois Ave.

Sarah's Kitchen - Once located at 208 Sunflower Ave., downton, and later moved to 278 Sunflower Ave., Sarah's Kitchen was an institution for visiting blues fans and locals alike. Founded and run by the late "Miss Sarah" Moore, the juke joint kitchen was taken over by her daughter after her passing in late 2009. It is now closed... though not forgotten. The "Miss Sarah Award" was founded in 2010 in honor of this special lady and her world-famous juke; it is awarded each April during the Juke Joint Festival.

Shack-up Inn/Cotton Gin Inn - Rustic former plantation with numerous old buildings and sharecropper shacks... plus an old Cotton Gin full of rooms... sometimes-music venue, etc. Updated with A.C., heat, showers, microwaves, etc. A favorite of regular folks, musicians and movie stars alike! Make reservations on line or call. Off of Old Hwy. 49, 662-624-8329 (Shackup/Cotton Gin Inn).

Smitty's Red Top Lounge - Photos of this legendary juke were featured on both a Jelly Roll King's LP and a Super Chikan CD since both used to play here. Closed but for sale. Move to C'dale and open a cool juke joint. 377 Yazoo Ave.

(The) Squeeze Box, Delta Digs and The Hooker Hotel (as in “John Lee Hooker”) are three side by side, unattached apartments, operated by the same fine folks. Super cool, funky decor in the heart of downtown. Click link or call John at 732 740-6155.

Stackhouse Record Mart/Rooster Blues - CLOSED.... Former record store and site of the Rooster Blues recording studio back in the 1990s. (It's the old Cream Boat ice cream building.) 232 Sunflower Ave. UPDATE: Building has been renovated and is now Dreamboat BBQ & Tamales!

Stone Pony - Excellent, local pizza and sandwich shop with full bar and weekday lunch specials. Music Friday evenings. Just down the street from Cat Head. 226 Delta Avenue, 662.624.PONY.

Stolle, Roger - Founder/owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art store and Cat Head Presents recording label in Clarksdale. Co-founder/organizer of Juke Joint Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. Co-founder of Three Forks Music label group. Also, Blues Revue magazine columnist, Hidden History of Mississippi Blues book author, XM/Sirius Bluesville radio correspondant, former WROX blues radio deejay, Clarksdale Downtown Development Association board member, Blues Foundation member, Keeping the Blues Alive Award and Blues Music Award recipient, blues PR/Marketing specialist, film/record producer, blues tour guide, international blues bookings, former Ground Zero Blues Club and Sunflower River Blues Fest music coordinator, etc.

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival - FREE annual event with over two dozen years under its blues belt. Includes many of our great local blues and gospel bands plus some Mississippi-connected headliners on a couple stages. 2012 featured headliners Mississippi-born bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and British rock legend (and blues fan) Robert Plant! See web site for details. As a bonus, all of the area clubs and juke joints run that weekend, and Cat Head coordinates a big, free CAT HEAD'S MINI BLUES FEST all day on that Sunday with tents, chairs and half a dozen acts out front of the store.

Taxi service - Jerry’s Cab, 662-624-9222. Jolly Cab, 662-624-9256. (Also, see Delta Bohemian Excursions Pedicab above.) If staying at Shack Up Inn, ask if Barry is available for shuttling. At Hopson Commissary, as about the Redneck Limo. If visiting Ground Zero Blues Club, ask about their limo.

(Mississippi Delta) Tennessee Williams Festival - Annual event that celebrates Clarksdale's literary history with seminars, porch plays and more. Each October. Contact the Coahoma County Higher Education Center or Chamber of Commerce below for info.

Tourism Commission/Chamber of Commerce - Drop by the Tourism/Chamber offices for information on Clarksdale. 1540 Desoto Ave. (which is also Hwy. 49). (662) 627-7337.

Uncle Henry's Place & Inn - As of this writing, Uncle Henry’s is closed due to the untimely passing of its proprietor, the wonderful George Wright. RIP, our friend. (Questions - 662-337-2757).

Vincent Productions - See "Ground Zero Blues Club Music" above. - The official Mississippi state tourism web site... - Mississippi Delta tourism web site with lots 'o good info.

Wade Walton's Barbershop - Clarksdale's famous blues barber not only cut the hair of Ike Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson II and others, he also recorded blues for both local and international labels. His small white building at 317 Issaquena Ave. is still decorated with his name. (Note: His original shop was at 304 4th Street.)

Wade Walton's gravesite - McLaurin Gardens cemetery, Lyon, MS, just north of Clarksdale on hwy. 61. Nice headstone.

W.C. Handy home marker - The so-called "Father of the Blues" lived here in the early 1900s when he first heard the blues in nearby Tutwiler. On Issaquena, near Wade Walton's barbershop.

We Juke Up In Here - The follow-up film to the award-winning blues documentary M For Mississippi. M for Mississippi producers Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel return (along with Damien Blaylock, Bill Abel and Lou Bopp) for an off-the-hook foray into the Delta's quasi-legal juke joint culture -- a way of life that is on the edge of a 21st Century abyss and looking down. Order today at and see video trailer. Premiere was at Delta Cinema in Clarksdale during Juke Joint Festival, April 2012.

W.R.O.X. museum (a.k.a. Clarkdale History & Cultural Museum)- Open by appointment... This was the site of the W.R.O.X. blues radio station from around 1946 to 1953, according to the building's current owner, Bubba O'Keefe. Early Wright, Ike Turner and Robert Nighthawk all had shows here, plus Elvis, Sam Cooke and Sonny Boy Williamson II were all on the air there at some point in time. Open festival weekends or by appointment. 257 Delta Ave. Admission is $5/per year for adults. Children 13 & under free. Special group/tour rates. Contact Bubba O’Keefe 662 645 8874.

Yazoo Pass - Large coffee shop and restaurant in former Woolworth location (under Lofts at Five & Dime), featuring Clarksdale first “real” salad bar and excellent espresso-based drinks. Open breakfast thru dinner, Mon-Sat. 207 Yazoo Ave., 662-627-8686,

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- Sunflower River Blues Festival -
- Delta Blues Museum and its Arts & Education Program -
- Rock & Blues Museum -
- Clarksdale Revitalization -
- Griot Arts (after school program) -
- Spring Initiative (after school program) -
- Friends of the Library at Carnegie Public Library -
- Clarksdale Care Station (meals) -

MOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS FREE web series now streaming online. Watch exclusively at
Pay up your insurance, get your tetanus shot... and join your hosts Roger Stolle & Jeff Konkel on a wild, weekly road-trip through the Land of the Crossroads in search of blues characters, Southern culture and the occasional sip of moonshine. It’s FREE, y’all!



Memphis' BLUES CITY TOURS is booking buses to come to Clarksdale, Indianola and Tunica on a new Delta Blues Tour, y'all! The world-infamous Cat Head blues store is just one of many cool Delta stops. Check 'em out and ride with Blues City Tours next time you're in Memphis, Tennessee. More details at (901-522-9229 or

BLUE NOTE TOURS… "Where the blues is alive & well!" Blues, food & more from Chicago to St. Louis to Memphis to Clarksdale to Indianola to New Orleans. Includes stop at Cat Head blues store, Ground Zero Blues Club and more in Clarksdale, Mississippi. (402)750-8483 or (315)886-9744 • Itinerary & info at



BIRDSONG TOURS (Clarksdale) - Robert Birdsong,

DELTA BOHEMIAN EXCURSIONS (Clarksdale) - Billy Howell,

THE REAL DELTA TOURS (Clarksdale) - Abe Hudson,

AMERICAN DREAM SAFARI (Memphis) - Tad Pierson,


4.  MISSISSIPPI BLUES ROAD TRIP — Visitor’s guide.

Check out this digital issue of Living Blues magazine for a statewide blues tour:,%22page%22:1%7D 

What follows is a very basic list of sites and sounds, web sites and publications – the basics of how and where to start your voyage. Plan ahead, but don’t wait. Mississippi, and the Delta specifically, is not Disneyland or corporate America. There are no guarantees of its blues future. Living dinosaurs eventually die, and sagging juke joint roofs eventually cave in. Pick a week or weekend (since most live blues is on Friday and Saturday nights), catch a plane or car, and make your own history in Mississippi.


-Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art – blues CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, apparel, artwork and more; chalkboard lists local happenings (

-Delta Blues Museum – Delta’s first blues museum, founded in 1979; remnants of Muddy Waters childhood home and more (

-Rock & Blues Museum – overflowing with vintage blues and rock memorabilia; run by enthusiastic Dutch record collector (

-Clarksdale Visitor’s Station – housed in historic, downtown Greyhound Bus Station; run by Clarksdale Revitalization, Inc. (

-Clarksdale & Coahoma County Tourism –local tourism office provides visitor information; rents camping facility at Expo Center (

-The Crossroads – a ceremonial marker at the former intersections of highways 61 and 49 in honor of the Robert Johnson “deal at the crossroads” mythology.

-Ground Zero Blues Club –co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman with live blues Wednesday to Saturday nights (

-Red’s Lounge – arguably the greatest of the surviving, live music juke joint in the Delta; like stepping back in time; events listed at

-Blues Trail Markers – Clarksdale and Coahoma County are home to over half a dozen markers honoring legends like Son House, Ike Turner and Muddy Waters.

-Walk of Fame – a handful of sidewalk plaques spread around downtown honor Clarksdale’s music, literary, civil rights and sports legends.

-Juke Joint Festival & Related Events –half blues festival, half small-town fair; outdoor by day, in jukes at night; held in mid-April (

-Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival – town’s oldest blues festival features mainly Mississippi-connected acts in early August (

-Other local festivals include – Clarksdale Film Festival (last weekend in January), Clarksdale Caravan Music Festival (Saturday following Blues Music Awards in Memphis), Hambone Festival (Saturday of Halloween weekend) and three Cat Head Mini Blues Fests per year (April, August, October).

-Other points of interest – WROX Museum and Aaron Cotton Company Museum (both open by appointment); Hambone Gallery, Bluesberry Café, Madidi, Rust, Delta Amusement Café, Messenger’s, Club 2000, Juke Joint Chapel and New Roxy (all with occasional live blues); Muddy Waters home site at Stovall Farm; Hopson Commissary and the Shackup Inn.


-W.C. Handy site – former location of train station where Handy first heard the blues, circa 1903; a wall mural and two historical markers memorialize the spot.

-Sonny Boy Williamson II gravesite – final resting place of blues harmonica great.


-Robert Johnson gravesite #1 – larger obelisk gravestone with generous writing and photo placed at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church by Columbia Records and Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, circa 1990; outside Greenwood near Morgan City.

-Robert Johnson gravesite #2 – small, flat gravestone placed at Payne Chapel Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in 1991; outside Greenwood near Quito.

-Robert Johnson gravesite #3 – two-sided gravestone includes an alleged Johnson handwriting sample; placed at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in 2002; generally accepted as burial site; near Greenwood (

-Blues Trail markers – Robert Johnson and Baptist Town.

-Festival events – past events have included the River to Rails Festival, Cotton Capitol Blues Festival and Mississippi Crossroads Festival (

-Other points of interest – Alluvian Hotel and Tallahatchie Flats; Crystal Grill and Lusco’s Restaurant; Viking Range Corporation.


-B.B. King Museum – hi-tech museum dedicated to blues history and B.B. King’s life; includes theater, artifacts and interactive displays (

-Club Ebony – nearly 70-year-old blues, jazz and R&B club; offers music many Sunday nights; B.B. King performs yearly during his annual homecoming.

-308 Blues Club – blues on most weekends (

-Other points of interest – The Blue Biscuit ( and Gin Mill Mall (both with occasional live blues); The Crown Restaurant.


-Highway 61 Blues Museum – wonderfully low-tech and local; often bluesman Pat Thomas drops by to play for tourist tips (

-Highway 61 Blues Festival – every June, the museum puts on a downtown festival specializing in homegrown Delta blues.

-Downtown blues murals – ask at the museum then drive around to see them.

-Blues Trail markers – James “Son” Thomas and Johnny Winter.

-Other points of interest – Jim Henson Museum and Lillo’s Restaurant.


-Walnut Street Blues Bar – mostly blues on most weekends.

-Nelson Street – formerly Greenville’s “Beale Street” (blues district) back in the day; worth a daytime drive by, but there is no live blues anymore.

-Blues Trail markers – Nelson Street and Freedom Village.

-Other points of interest – Doe’s Eat Place.


-Blues Trail marker – commemorating Robert Johnson’s often-covered mention of Rosedale in his classic song, “Traveling Riverside Blues.”

-Great River Road State Park – camping and access to the Mississippi River.

-Other points of interest – White Front Café.

Cleveland (area)

-Po Monkey’s Lounge (north, near Merigold) – photogenic, rural juke joint featuring R&B deejay on Thursday evenings.

-Dockery Plantation (east on Highway 8) – once home to blues greats like Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf and Pop Staples.

-Blues Trail markers – Dockery Plantation and Chrisman Street.

-Other points of interest – Airport Grocery and Delta State University.

West Point

-Howlin’ Wolf Museum – only museum dedicated to Wolf, born nearby.

-Howlin’ Wolf Festival – Labor Day weekend (Friday) festival dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf and featuring musicians who knew him or were inspired by him.

-Blues Trail markers – Howlin’ Wolf.


-930 Blues Café – most reliable local blues and R&B club (

-Queen of Hearts – local juke joint with weekend music.

-Farish Street – Jackson’s equivalent to “Beale Street” back in the day; current home to F. Jones Corner (blues club).

-Blues Trail markers – home to several markers, including recording labels Malaco and Trumpet as well as musicians Bobby Rush and Ishman Bracey.

-Festival events – Mississippi Blues Marathon (January), Crossroads Film Festival (April), Jubilee Jam (June).

-Other points of interest – Alamo Theater, Old Capitol Museum, Smith Robertson Museum, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Helena, Arkansas (across bridge from Lula, Mississippi)

-Delta Cultural Center – Arkansas Delta museum; includes blues history and Mississippi connections (

-King Biscuit Time – “Sunshine” Sonny Payne still broadcasts (

-King Biscuit Blues Festival – large, early October event that always includes a strong showing by Mississippi blues acts (

-Other points of interest – Mississippi Blues Trail marker, Bubba’s Blues Corner, and the graves of Robert Nighthawk and Frank Frost.


For the most up-to-date information, start with the following web sites:

-Mississippi live blues calendar at

-Mississippi Blues Trail marker maps and information at

-Mississippi blues updates (and a nice radio show) at

-Mississippi blues festival list at

-Mississippi Tourism official web site at

-Blues Festival Guide (national listing) at

Prior to your trip you may want to pick up a good, Mississippi blues guidebook:

-Memphis & the Delta Blues Trail by Justin & Melissa Gage (Countryman Press) – most up-to-date guide to Delta blues scene; important since clubs open and close.

-Blues Traveling by Steve Cheseborough (University of Mississippi Press) – the most comprehensive Mississippi blues travel guide; also a nice pocket history.

  1. -Hidden History of Mississippi by Roger Stolle (The History Press) – This is a fast, fun, fact-filled blues history book that makes a great Delta Blues companion on trips to Mississippi!

GET THE FREE FREE FREE “MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL” APP (from whatever app store you use).  More info at

(I also recommend that you pick up a decent Mississippi atlas since your GPS mapping system maybe be a little unreliable in the more rural parts of the state.)



Live MUSIC CALENDAR includes festivals, blues clubs, juke joints, restaurants, museums, record stores and more. Just click and plan for a jukin’ great time!

You may also want to learn more about blues history – past and present – by subscribing to one of the three main blues magazines in the U.S.:

-Blues Revue (

-Living Blues (

  1. -  Big City Blues (

Speaking of Blues History, here’s good Blues Education web page to check out: