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In His Own Words: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Another bonus feature to complement my Delta Blues Museum story. Tell me about your start in the Delta Blues Museum’s arts and education program. I had played, but other instruments. And that was more in the church setting, not blues. I got in officially into the program when I was eight. That’s when I was

In His Own Words: Dr. Bill Ferris’ Blues Journey

A bonus feature to complement the Delta Blues Museum story. “I grew up on a farm in Warren County, Mississippi; there were blues singers in that area. I began to go to [an African American] church with a lady named Mary Gordon when I was about four or five years old. And I learned to

40 Years of the Delta Blues Museum (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two … But funding continues to be a challenge. “Fundraising is really crucial, especially now as the museum environment becomes more competitive,” Ritter says. “The museum receives a dedicated tax millage from the city, and then our other monies are primarily admissions and gift shop sales.” Gresham notes that the millage represents

40 Years of the Delta Blues Museum (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One … Ruskey says that he first came to Clarksdale on King Biscuit Weekend in 1991 “on a pilgrimage, attracted by John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. A native Coloradan, he thought that Clarksdale sounded exotic. “I camped out on the banks of the river, lived at the Riverside Hotel. I was

40 Years of the Delta Blues Museum (Part 1 of 3)

Assuming the story is based in any kind of fact, it still remains a matter of contention as to the location of the crossroads, site of the legendary pact between the Devil and Robert Johnson. That mythical spot is variously identified as lying in the Mississippi towns of Beauregard, Clarksdale, Dockery and Rosedale. Today, each

Free Planet Radio: In Pursuit of Modern Jazz

When Free Planet Radio debuted in 2001, the Asheville-based trio was often described as a world music group. And while by definition that label casts a wide net, it was never quite expansive enough to get to the heart of what Free Planet Radio does. The three creatively adventurous musicians have always explored many styles,

Rock and Bounce: Big Freedia and Low Cut Connie

Note: This story was originally published in October in Mountain Xpress. Combing different musical genres is more common than it was a generation ago; the barriers between styles have been knocked down by groundbreaking artists. While a hip hop/rock hybrid like Run-D.M.C.’s “Walk This Way” was revolutionary in 1986, today’s musical marketplace is filled with

The Spirit of Christmas Lives in Hendersonville, N.C.

In between his jam-packed musical schedule, Hendersonville-born-and-raised Blake Ellege found the time to attend and graduate from the International University of Santa Claus. Fulfilling a lifelong ambition – a dream, really – Ellege says that he’s preparing to make his first annual “complete formal transformation” into the jolly St. Nicholas for the 2018 holiday season.

Joseph Hasty: Learning, Teaching, Working and Playing

Originally from Hickory and currently settled in Morganton, multi-genre multi-instrumentalist Joseph Hasty is immersed in a life of music. By day he’s a schoolteacher, but when class lets out, he’s off to a gig. Audiences might find him playing guitar or upright bass, and – depending on the venue – the sounds they’ll hear could

Let’s Talk About ‘Nuggets’ with Lenny Kaye (Part Two)

Continued from Part One … You had moved on by then, right? I only lasted like five or six months at Elektra. And about six months after I was gone and forgotten about it, somebody called me up from there and said, “We have the rights to all these records, these songs. What do we