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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More from Mississippi

Here's a few more pictures from our trip so far:

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Mrs. Toast on the patio of Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. On Saturday night, we were treated to a fine rhythm and blues review show by local favorites "Wiley and the Checkmates". Their repitoire is more "Blues Brothers" than Delta blues, featuring a tight horn section and a some great old soul and funk tunes from the likes of James Brown, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, Sam & Dave, etc. The club is partly owned by famed local resident Morgan Freeman, but we never expected to see him there. So after we got seated and ordered a drink, I was skeptical when Mrs. Toast said, "Isn't that Morgan Freeman sitting two tables up from us?" Much to my surprise, however, it actually was him! I got to shake his hand and say hello; he stayed for the band's first set but left early. Wouldn't you know this was the one time I did not have my camera with me.

The next day we saw this car down the street from the club, and still feeling in a "Blues Brothers" mood, we felt like this was what we should have been driving instead of our van. Anyone want to go to the shopping mall?

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Below: exterior of the club, which was once a cotton inspection warehouse.

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Close-up of the window sign. Note the poster to the right.

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More photos coming soon!

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