This morning we checked out at 10.00am and drove down to Oxford where we enjoyed lunch at the Ajax Diner (the meatloaf is still superb), shopped at Square Books and visited Ole Miss.
Many people remarked on how the town square reminded them of scenes in the film Back To The Future. It is still a lovely classic American small town.
We then drove over to the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale where Robert Birdsong met us and took us on a tour of the town for a couple of hours, mixing blues with literature and surprising most with the stories of Tennessee Williams’ time here.
In the evening we adjourned to Red’s Lounge where Red had booked Big A to play for us and turned on a BBQ of ribs, chicken and sausages. He was mortified to find that some were vegetarians (I had forgotten to tell him) and made a special effort to break out the coleslaw and cook some corn. Red is a rather tacturn character and would probably be upset if it was suggested that he actually had a heart of gold.
It was difficult to leave, mainly because Big A and his assistant Sherita kept playing and singing respectively. Towards the end of the evening A found it difficult to end his songs.
On return to the Shack we sat up to enjoy a nightcap, an activity that, for some, lasted until 3.00am.