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John Peel OBE, 1939 - 2004

Red Lick Records



Down the Dirt Road (Part 1)
by Courtland and Hazel Bresner

Took Highway 55 south from Memphis. Easy driving conditions, the road is very straight.

First stop - Courtland, Mississippi. Took photographs of the church.

Continued south on Highway 55, Took Highway 7 to Greenwood via Avalon where Mississippi John Hurt is buried. Avalon is a very small community consisting, if you blink you will miss it. However, the John Hurt grave site is located on a private shooting range.

Continued on Highway 7 to Itta Bena. Between Quito and Morgan City, at 3 Forks, took a side road sign posted “Wild Life Center”. Approximately 200 yards on left side of the road is Mount Zion Church and graveyard. Took photographs of one of Robert Johnson’s grave markers.

Continued on Highway 7 to Belzoni, the Catfish capital of Mississippi. Located Humphreys County Court House and jail. Charley Patton was jailed in Belzoni as sung in “High Sheriff Blues”. Took photographs of the Court House and Jail.

Travelled on Highway 49W to Indianola. On Highway 82 the Billips Plantation (Heathmans) a dirt road leads to Holly Ridge. Located the Charley Patton grave. Yet another photo stop. Met a Holly Ridge resident who had taken guitar lessons from Sam Chapmon.

Overnight in Greenville.

Back on Highway 82 to Leland, Highway 61 to Cleveland and Highway 8 to Ruleville. Arrived at Dockerys Plantation for a photo stop. Located Twilight Cemetery where Viola Cannon is buried. There are stories coming out of the USA that Dockerys is to be demolished in order to widen the Highway.

Back on Highway 49W, via Drew, to Parchman Farm. No photographs, not allowed to linger near the prison (restricted area). Onward to Tutwiler.

On the outskirts of Tutwiler located Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (Aleck Miller) grave site. Photo session again.

Highway 49 to Clarkesdale and the Delta Blues Museum.

On to Robinsonville on Highway 61. The town has just about been demolished to make way for the Casinos and feeder roads.

Continued north on Highway 61. Stopped at Lake Cormorant, Norfolk and onto Walls. After asking directions and getting lost a number of times eventually found Memphis Minnie’s grave.

Back to Memphis on Highway 61.

Now take a look at Part 2

Courtland and Hazel Bresner



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