Wednesday, December 30, 2009

John Busby "RIP"

"Only the good die young" I have heard that said many times. I liked the Billy Joel hit song by that same name. I can't say that I know that it is true. I can say that it seems to happen to offen.
Karr West asked me when I told him the sad news, Who do you think John first went to see when he got HOME. I don't know the answer to that,but, I do think that the first thing John asked was, "Where is the kitchen".
When I first met John I thought that I knew how to cook. I only thought I did. John knew cooking and I learned as much as I could from him.
I think that we will be seeing a lot of very heavy angels from now on. I know that my father will have fun cooking up there with John till I can join them one day.

History of the Cotton Picker

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RIP David

Museum Mourns Loss of Delta Musician
We are sad to report that David Paul Burchfield died December 26, 2009 following a car accident near Leland, MS. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Interstate Baptist Church, Shaw.

David was the leader of the band "The Electric Mudd" and he played professionally throughout the region. He gave guitar lessons to aspiring musicians. David taught classes at the B.B. King Museum and was a popular performer at museum events and programs.

Burchfield was born on July 22, 1977, in Cleveland, MS to James William "Billy" Burchfield and Alma Marlene Bowen Burchfield. He married Nicole "Nikki" Roberson on July 12, 2003 and they have a two year old daughter, Piper Elizabeth.

After graduating from Mississippi Delta Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Field Technology, he returned to MDCC to pursue a music degree. David will be missed by his fans, his students, his friends and his family.

An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reviews from Tripadvisor

“Cadillac Shack Lived Up To Our Expectations”

Shack Up Inn

We stayed for one night on a motorcycle trip through the Blues Country. Everybody who loves Blues or appreciates that the Blues was the beginning of all music should make this trip some day. We really enjoyed everything about the Shack Up Inn. We were there on a Tuesday night and not much happens on a Tuesday in Clarksdale so we missed out on the juke joints (sniff, sniff) and Madidi and almost missed Ground Zero. We managed to hit that for lunch before we left town.

We stayed int Cadillac Shack and were warmly greeted upon our arrival. There was a group staying on a work retreat of some sort and they hired a band. We were invited to come by and listen which we did for a little bit.

The best time we had was when we wandered up to the Commissary and found a nice little bar. The owner and his family were very friendly. We sat for a couple of hours drinking beer and meeting the locals that stopped in. That really makes a trip for us. This was one of our fondest memories of our entire trip.

We enjoyed every minute we were in Clarksdale. I cannot imagine being back in the area with all the other rides to do but if I am I won't be sad to be there. It was a journey that I will not soon forget. Thank you to Robert Johnson and all the other bluesmen/women who blazed the trail to provide me with many hours of listening pleasure. My heart was full and truly grateful for their sacrifices and talents.

“Our most unique trip ever”

Shack Up Inn

Trip type: Couples Even if you see their website, you have to experience this place in person.

Stayed in one of the Cotton Gin bins, the shacks were booked up. What a hoot this place is. The room was all we needed, actually larger than most hotels.

The treat is wandering around the property. Make sure to take it all in. There are unexpected experiences all over in places some people may miss.

We were lucky enough to have found the Commisary open after we got back from dinner at a nice restaurant in town. This place is a cross between a movie set, museum, country store and a honky tonk. We ended up sitting at the bar talking to the bartender who actually is a tour guide in the area and is remarkably knowledgable about blues history. He might have exagerated or embelished some of his stories. But, it was a unique experience to go along with the stay.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Music for  The Holidays at Hopson.
Celebrate The Season With Us!
      Friday December 11 
 Willy Waggs 
Country/Rock Band
Have Dinner With Us
  Thursday  December 17
Zak Kiker- Acoustic Blues
Solar Porch- Acoustic Blues Duo 
Acoustic Blues Music
Saturday December 19
Mexican Christmas Party
Bruce Brewer & Deep Water Baptists
Country/Classic Rock Band
                               Wednesday December 23
Tacky Christmas Party
 Christmas Night
Friday December 25 
 The Shakerz
Classic Rock Band
 New Years Eve
Ring In The New Year with
Classic Rock Band

Hopson Commissary
PO Box 1486
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-5756