The Start (Almost)

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The City of New Orleans was delayed two hours and how I would have liked the extra sleep instead of getting to the station at 6.20am for a 6.50am departure. Still, the station attendants made us coffee and got in donuts.

The trip to Greenwood was relaxing. The guys from Enterprise picked me up at the station and I drove the behemoth 15-seat van off to Clarksdale where I checked out preparations for the Juke Joint Festival. Organised with Robert Birdsong for a tour and Theo from the R&R heritage Museum to visi him.

Lucky I didn’t detour to Oxford as I had planned because I got back just in time to sort out Barry and Marnee’s room. Then discovered the hotel hadn’t booked enough but managed to get two rooms next door at The Benchmark.

Drove to the airport and picked up Lise, Trish and Phil (whose booking at the hotel was not on the records). Luckily, I managed to get the extra rooms. Tomorrow, we’ll all be together (I hope).

Rob, Phoebe and Terry had arrived on Wednesday so they were settled in. We all met in the bar and headed off to Beale Street where we enjoyed a meal at the King’s Palace Cafe (ribs for me, what else?). I left early to make sure Steve checked in alright and arrived just as he was at the desk. Peter was stranded in Sydney and will not be in until tomorrow. Steve and I went for a walk, had a drink at Huey’s and he had the potato skins (which I think he said was marginally better than the airline food).

Sandra arrived at 10.30pm and I saw her as she checked in. The rest of the gang arrive tomorrow. Those of us here will go down to Clarksdale to catch the Juke Joint Festival.

Another big day ahead!

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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