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APRIL 2021
"All the blues that's fit to print."
Got mask? Then, Juke Joint Festival returns to the crossroads of Clarksdale, Mississippi!

A year ago this week, Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival was among the world's first to stage a "pandemic edition" by taking the blues online for a 9-hour, 27 act Virtual JJF Celebration (thanks to Live From Clarksdale, Visit Clarksdale and several key sponsors). This year, LFC will still stream some special events, but JJF itself is a "pandemic-ly modified" in-person spectacular.

Things are looking up and our Covid numbers are down here. Let's please keep it that way during this festival week by masking up around others, socially distancing at all times and hand sanitizing often. Feeling sick? Please sit this one out. Over 60% of Americans still haven't gotten their first vaccine shot, and only 20% of our Clarksdale-Coahoma County neighbors are fully vaccinated. Thanks for your patience and thoughtfulness.
By the way, there will be vaccine shots available at Juke Joint Festival on Saturday.
Okay, I'm super busy with festival planning, my Cat Head store, etc., so this month's CAT HEAD UPDATE newsletter will be a quick one, y'all!
Whether you're ready to road-trip now or want to plan for a visit later, here's where to go: Concert Calendar (w/festivals) at, Streaming Calendar at, and Visit Clarksdale info at Get a trip preview at, and then please #VisitMSResponsibly.
Help keep Cat Head around! Shop today for T-shirts, hoodies, hats, vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, books, artwork, glasses, mugs and much more. Also, shop us in-person 7 days a week. Questions? Email
Please mask up, get your shot when you can, and come see us for some blues.
Thanks and best,
Roger Stolle (and blues pug, Ayler).

JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL returns the Clarksdale, Mississippi... safely (with your help)!
Go to these links for all of the official and related music and events during the long JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL weekend, y'all. Very limited, in-person Sat-night JJF Wristbands just went on sale today at 243 Delta Avenue JJF HQ. Buy now. Based on the web pre-sales which ended yesterday, they will sellout this year.
Thursday, 4/15 - Kingfish & more -
Friday, 4/16 - Thacker Mountain Radio & more -
Saturday, 4/17 - Tons of blues bands, racing pigs, street vendors & more! -
Sunday, 4/18 - Mini Blues Fest & more - will live-stream a sampling of awesome Juke Joint Festival events...
Watch for details, but the live-streams will include some of Thursday's JJF Kickoff starring Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Friday's 94th birthday show by Cadillac John, Friday's Thacker Mountain Radio Show, Saturday's daytime stages & events, and  Sunday's Cat Head Mini Blues Fest performance by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band! Details to come, and some streams tentative based on internet availability,  etc. Enjoy y'all. Thanks to JJF and Visit Clarksdale for sponsoring the live-streams.

RENT Ted Reed's "The Blues Trail Revisited" film and LISTEN to his new  podcast...

When Grammy- and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Ted Reed was moving his office, he uncovered his 16mm black and white film “Thinking Out Loud”, shot in 1971. Filmed with his friend Tim Treadway, the two traveled from Boston through Memphis and Clarksdale to find and record some of the last living blues legends. “Thinking Out Loud” was seen at festivals, and then stored away. Fast forward fifty years has led to the compilation of then and now in his new film, “The Blues Trail Revisited.”
Ted is beyond excited to share that his film is now available to rent via
"A story of blues friends, fans and follow through, Ted Reed's remarkable BLUES TRAIL REVISITED spans 50 years—tying together past Southern blues traditions with those of the present day and perhaps even the future."
- Roger Stolle, Cat Head
From Ted Reed: "We will be launching our bi-monthly podcast in partnership with Visit Clarksdale Tourism this week. To get things off to a running start, we're releasing a podcast a night starting this Thursday at 8pm CDT when the 2021 Juke Joint Festival kicks off in Clarksdale, MS. Here's our promo so you can get an idea of what we're going to be doing this week and the weeks coming up." Listen here:

Clarksdale's CAT HEAD store celebrates 19 years! Shop us 7 days in-person or online 24/7...
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, is open every day. Shop in-person or online in our expanded web store at Thanks, y'all.

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Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art  |  252 Delta Avenue  |  Clarksdale, MS 38614  |

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