• Garden and Gun feature (Feb 1, 2011)

    The Southern culture magazine Garden and Gun featured us on their online newsletter, and also ran an 18-photo slide show.

  • Story in the the Daily Journal (Tupelo) (Dec 1, 2010)

    An article about the book and several photos appeared in the Sunday edition of Tupelo's Daily Journal this week. Thanks to M. Scott Morris for the coverage!

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  • Book signing at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Dec. 3 (Nov 24, 2010)

    We'll be at the wonderful Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans for their annual Art of Giving Christmas sale. It's only open for members, but the sale's a good opportunity to join! The Ogden often features blues musicians on Thursday nights, when they have events that combine exhibits, book signings, and public interviews of the evening's musician. Here's the description of the event:

    The Art of Giving

    Throughout the Ogden Museum's Stephen Goldring Hall 

    Find the perfect gift at this special Ogden Museum members-only event. Members enjoy a 15 percent discount on all purchases this night only. 

    The Center for Southern Craft and Design expands its boundaries for this deluxe shopping event. In addition to the museum’s first-floor retail space, the atrium will be filled with the finest pottery, jewelry, textiles, glass, metal, wood and basketry from more than 30 outstanding Southern artists. 

    Contact: Membership and Development Department, 504-539-9650,

  • Story about the book in Ole Miss e-zine (Nov 15, 2010)

    The University of Mississippi's published a story in its internet magazine about the book, focussing on the fact that Scott Barretta is a University employee. The story is here.

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  • Book signing part of Music Maker Festival in Clarksdale, Saturday Nov 20 (Nov 15, 2010)

    SAT., NOV. 20 "MUSIC MAKER FESTIVAL" -- a tribute to Mr. Tater, the Music Maker of Clarksdale!
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    Hailed as the last of the Mississippi Delta blues street musicians, Foster "Mr. Tater" Wiley (1947-2010) made friends and fans around the world through his spirited performances most days and many nights in historic Clarksdale, Mississippi. Mr. Tater appeared in major media around the globe, recorded over a dozen CDs, and shared the stage with an amazing array of fellow blues artists. He is perhaps best remembered for his daily solo shows outside of the Cat Head store, his late-night weekend jams at Ground Zero Blues Club, and his regular Sunday night gig at Club 2000. He is missed but far from forgotten. (Thanks to Mary Jane Haley, Joey Young, Stan & Dixie Street, Bill Abel, John Ruskey and Tater's many other friends who are making this event happen.)
    Saturday, November 20, 2010
    Music Maker Festival & related blues events in Clarksdale:
    11am - CAT HEAD- Yalls Bluesband performs (from Jackson, Mississippi)
    1pm - CAT HEAD - "Mississippi: State of Blues" book signing (book includes photo of Mr. Tater)
    2pm - CAT HEAD - Terry "Harmonica" Bean performs (as seen in "M for Mississippi")
    3pm - CAT HEAD - Dedication of Mr. Tater Memorial (monument mounted on wall above "Tater's" busking bench out front of Cat Head)
    3:10pm - CAT HEAD - The Tater Tots reunion show (Mr. Tater's famed backing band reunites for tribute), featuring John Ruskey, Bill Abel, Stan Street and Dixie Street!
    8pm - CLUB 2000 - Live music TBA
    9pm - RED'S LOUNGE - Live music TBA
    9pm - GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB - TCB Blues Band Birthday Bash
    And MORE TBA ... (info here and at and as we receive it...)

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  • Our book on Lemuria's blog (Oct 26, 2010)

    The staff of Jackson's Lemuria Books have been doing a great job of promoting new books via their blog. Owner John Evans, who wrote the forward to Mississippi: State of Blues, has been using photographs from the book as a springboard for reflecting on his own experiences with blues in Mississippi. 

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  • New date in Greenwood (Oct 20, 2010)

    We'll be in Greenwood to sign books at the wonderful Turnrow Books on the afternoon of Friday, November 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

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  • Advance copies (Sep 16, 2010)

    We are very excited to announce that advance copies of Mississippi: State of Blues will arrive this Saturday, September 18, with the full shipment already en route. Keep checking the site frequently for updated news, events, book signings and additional booksellers.

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