Tuesday – Oxford To Clarksdale


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.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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