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"All the blues that's fit to print."
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Clarksdale, Mississippi, where the blues rocks on — 365 nights a year!
WHAT YEAR IS IT? DANG, WHAT DAY IS IT? And so begins my annual month of writing the wrong year on checks and wishing for spring! I hope your holidays were fabulous and the brand-new year brings you much health and happiness.
2022 is poised to be an amazing one here in Clarksdale — with new residents moving in... more downtown buildings getting renovated... around 15 festival type events planned... and the continuation of our legendary 'live' blues every nights (and many days).

Plan now for your next blues adventure at and

HEALTH & SAFETY ARE STILL PARAMOUNT. Like pretty much everywhere else, Omicron is slowing folks down a bit here at the moment, but we'll get through it. If you're vaxed, please remember to get boosted, and if you aren't vaxed yet, please go to to learn why you should. At Cat Head, we are fully vaxed, boosted and ready to serve you. Yup. We're masking up, too. Thanks, y'all. We're all in this together.

THANKS FOR 19 YEARS. HERE'S TO 20! Cat Head survived the "first two years," the Great Recession and (so far) the global pandemic, and we thank you for it. Y'all have fueled our successes through store visits and online shopping. We literally couldn't have made it without you.
Celebrate the New Year and the start of Cat Head's 20th, by shopping now at We've got plenty of awesome blues shirts, logo hats, Mississippi books, new vinyl records, classic CDs, local artwork and more.
Read on below for what's up down in the Delta, please stay safe, and come see us when you can.
Roger (and Ayler, our paid spokespug)
PICS: Big George & me in the "before times." Merry Christmas, y'all. Ayler Pug was ready for New Year's!

2022 Juke Joint Festival PRE-SALE Saturday-night Wristbands ON SALE NOW at!

In addition to the dozens of "Related Events" April 21-24, 2022, Clarksdale, Mississippi's world-famous Juke Joint Festival will again feature its legendary Saturday-night juke joint crawl! Buy your PRE-SALE WRISTBANDS now, only at, and enjoy nearly 30 acts in over 20 nighttime venues on Saturday, April 23rd — all for the price of a single wristband. But don't wait. Limited quantities. Don't risk a sellout like we had last year.

PLUS... Don't forget all of the (mostly) free daytime events Thursday through Sunday of festival weekend — including 13 free daytime JJF stages on that Saturday. And did I mention Monkeys Riding Dogs? Well, they'll be here, too (and it ain't a band, y'all).
2022 MUSIC LINEUP will be announced March 1st, so stay tuned on that.
NEED A HOTEL? It's best to call versus relying on online booking calendars. See the full lodging list at Also, there will again be an RV Parking Lot, downtown, as well as tent camping by the Sunflower River; details via top menu on website.

Can't wait? Join us for a special music-only edition of the CLARKSDALE FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL, Jan. 28-30.

We'd hoped to present a day of blues films from esteemed director Robert Mugge at our 12th annual Clarksdale Film & Music Festival (January 28-30, 2022), but Omicron had other ideas. Out of an abundance of caution, we've decided not to screen any movies this year. (We'll get our buddy Bob back another time.) Instead, the Clarksdale Film & Music Festival will simply sprinkle little 'live' blues shows all around town for two and a half days.
Got shot? Grab your mask for the venues that ask for it, and join us at multiple blues spots for some of our favorite local acts — including Sean "Bad" Apple, Lucious Spiller, Watermelon Slim, 19th Street Red, Terry "Big T" Williams, Bill Abel and more! More details later this week at

(PS - Rather wait till next year? Then, plan now for January 27-29, 2023.)

SOUNDS AROUND TOWN keeps 'live' blues rolling every single day in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi...

I still get the occasional visitor to Clarksdale who tells me the day after spending the night that they "didn't think there would be any 'live' music on a [insert day here]." It makes me sad to tell them that actually "such and such, and such and such" was playing. Anyway, sorry to always hammer on this, but Clarksdale really does have at least one 'live' blues show every single day (even holidays) — and usually more than one. Here's this past week, below, but you can see "this week" and beyond (including our 2022 festivals) on my CAT HEAD MUSIC CALENDAR at

PLUS, check out for Clarksdale's WEEKLY LIVE-STREAMS, supported by Visit Clarksdale Tourism. We had a super one with James "Super Chikan" on New Year's Eve afternoon, socially-distanced in front of Cat Head. (Thanks, Colleen!) It's a good time, y'all. Catch it in replay at

Did Santa (or Aunt Bea) put some cash in your stocking? Spend it now in the fabulous CAT HEAD WEB STORE!

You know we got the goods! Blues tees, Clarksdale hoodies, Cat Head ball caps, local artwork, hot new vinyl LPs, classic CDs, special DVD reissues, Mississippi books, drinkware (is that a word?) and... more! SHOP NOW at I'm shipping daily from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Thanks, y'all.


- Read latest issue of Blues Music Magazine, and get ready for the upcoming issue featuring Clarksdale's Kingfish on the cover (pic below). Current issue at
- Updates via The Blues Foundation newsletter at
- The latest Blues Festival Guide newsletter at
- Book your Delta Bohemian Tour of Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta today via
- ARSC Ten Notable Pre-1923 Recordings Nominees via our Clarksdale blues buddy Charlie Musselwhite at
- Latest newsletters from John "Riverman" Ruskey at Clarksdale's Quapaw Canoe Company, and
- Latest GRAMMY Museum Mississippi newsletter,
- Helena, AR, Delta Cultural Center's latest newsletter,
- Latest event calendar for Memphis' very cool Crosstown Arts folks at
- Latest update from the Memphis Flyer (incl. music),
- Music Maker Relief Foundation newsletter,
- International 'record store finder' at
- Read the latest issue of the excellent French blues magazine ABS at Or, like me, just look at the pictures.
- Latest 50 Miles of Elbow Room newsletter from our buddy Adam in NY at
- Last month's holiday newsletter from one of our fav stores, just down the street from Cat Head...
- Last month's CAT HEAD UPDATE newsletter, in case you missed it!

International Blues Challenge (IBC) postponed by The Blues Foundation, due to pandemic...

"The Blues Foundation Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 37th International Blues Challenge that was to take place January 18-22, 2022..." Read the full announcement at

The Blues Foundation announces this year's Keeping The Blues Alive award recipients...

Congrats to this year's KBA recipients! Read their bios and more award details at

GoFundMe fundraisers for friends in the local

Mississippi blues community...
GoFundMe has become something like the "standard" for blues-related fundraisers. Here are three to consider, below. They all involve friends in our local Mississippi blues community. You can read the details at the web links, and maybe drop a couple bucks while you're there. Thanks, y'all.
1.) Help Joyce "She-Wolf" Jones with Medical Expenses -
2.) Save Black Family-Owned Historic Riverside Hotel -
3.) "Stud" Ford Injury Recovery Fund -

Spirit of the Blues report published by Delta State University's Delta Center for Culture & Learning...

"The Delta Center has published its report, Spirit of the Blues: Celebrating Roots of Delta Music Through Gospel and Spirituals. Generously funded by the National Park Service’s Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative, this three-year Mississippi Delta cultural heritage interpretation project supported Delta State University’s International Conference on the Blues and Mississippi Valley State University’s B.B. King Day Symposium..." Go here for the full report plus photos and Live From Clarksdale video:

New album coming soon from Clarksdale-born, Pre-War, Delta blues legend SON HOUSE, y'all!
"After sitting in a cardboard box for nearly 60 years, a collection of previously unreleased Son House recordings will finally see the light of day with the arrival of Forever on My Mind on March 18, 2022 via Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound..." Read the full Rolling Stone article and see a video by our buddy Tim Hardiman at (CAT HEAD already has the vinyl and CD on pre-order for y'all, of course.)

So... You wanna visit Mississippi's "Festival City" of Clarksdale? Okay... Here you go. Book rooms now!
NOTE: If the links don't work (since I copied and pasted), just go to our Music Calendar at
- 1/28-30, 2022 - Clarksdale Film & Music Festival (lots of small music shows this year; movies return in 2023) -
- 4/21-24, 2022 - Juke Joint Festival & Related Events w/100 more blues acts; our biggest festival -
- 4/24, 2022 - Cat Head 20th Anniversary Mini Blues Fest (post-JJF),
- 5/7, 2022 - Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest (Cat Head/Bluesberry/Bad Apple Blues Club) -
- 5/28, 2022 - 4th Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest returns to Memorial Day Weekend (downtown).
- 5/27-28, 2022 - Goat Fest VIII, outdoors (usually Hopson/Shack Up venues) -
- Memorial Day Weekend 2022 - Ground Zero Blues Club 21th anniversary weekend of blues -
- 6/18, 2022- Birthplace of American Music (BAM) Fest -
- 6/22-24, 2022 - Pinetop Perkins Experience Workshop, culminating in Friday public show,
- 7/16, 2022 - Crossroads Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival-
- 8/12-14, 2022 - 34th Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival -
- 8/13-15, 2022 - Cat Head 20th Anniversary Weekend,
- usually Fall 2022 - annual Mag Fest (organized by the Magnuson brothers).
- 9/26-30, 2022 - Bad Apple Blues Guitar Workshop,
- 9/30-10/1, 2022 - Mighty Roots Music Festival at Stovall Farm,
- 10/1, 2022 - Bad Apple Blues Guitar Festival,
- 10/5-8, 2022 - near Clarksdale, MS, in Helena, AR - King Biscuit Blues Festival & Symposium,
- 10/9, 2022 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (post-Biscuit) -
- 10/9, 2022 - Super Blues Sunday: Tentatively including... Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (9am), Bluesberry Cafe Blues Breakfast (10am), Delta Blues Museum special hours (noon), Ground Zero Blues Club blues brunch (11am), Hopson Commissary/Shack Up Inn's Pinetop Perkins Celebration (3pm), Levon's Sunday Ramble (3:30pm), Hooker Grocer + Eatery (5pm), Red's Juke Joint Jam (7pm), Bad Apple Blues Club (7pm) and more!
- 10/13-16, 2022 - Deep Blues Fest (official and related blues & roots music events),
- 10/14-15, 2022 - 30th Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival,
- 10/27-30, 2022 - Hambone Festival & Related Events,
- 10/28-29, 2022 - Cruz’n The Crossroads Car & Truck Show,

- Get vaxed HERE, y'all... thanks!
- Visit Clarksdale Tourism, (lodging, maps, free app, festivals & more)
- Mississippi Blues Trail,
That's all for now. Have a great start to the new year... and as always, THANKS, Y'ALL!
CAT HEAD — Mississippi's blues store in Clarksdale since 2002 — is open every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas. Shop Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat till 5pm and Sun till 3pm — or in our WEB STORE at

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