The History

The North Mississippi Hill Country has a character all its own. The soft looping hills are a transition from the Appalachians Mountains to the Mississippi Delta topographically and well as culturally. It shares a lot with those places but with its own distinct flavor.

North Mississippi Blues differs from the Delta Blues. Mississippi Fred McDowell lived in Como when he introduced the “bottleneck” sound in the early 1940's. 30 years later we filmed Othar Turner and Napoleon Strickland there. Elvis, Howling Wolf, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough all had strong roots in the area.

 The cast of characters created by Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and others enrich our culture. Our own experience is that story-tellers seem to spring naturally from this tiny patch of red dirt.

Our odyssey seems to keep leading us back to Chulahoma so the July shoot will start there with visits later on to the Delta. Clarksdale, Cleveland, Como, Holly Springs, Waterford, Oxford, and Water Valley. We’ll cover a fair piece of ground.

 

William Faulkner At Work
Oxford, MS
1960

A.G. Newson At Work
Rural Marshall County, MS
1973

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Yellow Cat at work with noted author Curtis Wilkie. 2013.