Daily Tidbit for Wednesday: Relax! We have the Birthday list for today, and it includes Angelo Balducci, Rylan Ferraci, Wendy Gordon, Mattie McElroy, Jameye Millwood, Francis Ogua, Rhett Ruscoe and Dennis Vowell! Happy Birthday Dennis, Rhett, Francis, Jameye, Mattie Wendy, Rylan and Angelo!
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know we love to throw out teasers whenever possible. And here comes a biggee! Nathan is interviewing a well-known celebrity this morning. The interview is being videoed and will be on this website later today (i.e., sometime after noon). So grab yourself a cup of coffee or mead (?), sit back and get ready for another of those interesting interviews by Nathan. If there is any problem, Nathan will edit something into this blog. Interview had to be rescheduled for next week…stay tuned to ClarksdaleInfo.com for details! – ND
Registration for the FREE computer classes at Coahoma Community College continues today. This is the last day so sign up or do without! For more info, call Brian James at (662) 621-4302.
Brittany Davis sent us an article on the Coahoma Community College’s Tiger Band Camp that is now in full swing (Sorry, no pun intended!) on the campus. The Tiger Band is getting ready for a new football season that is full of hope and promise with a new coaching staff and new players. Can we get a growl for our Tigers?
Ok, so I may have been premature last week when I announced the end of the cool snap…this has definitely been a summer with multiple-personality disorder! Tuesday and Wednesday have seen record low temperatures all over the region, and the high Tuesday was only 82 degrees in Clarksdale. It is the last week in July, isn’t it? Or is someone messing with my calendar?
Hopefully this trend will last through the weekend of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, although the Weather Channel predicts a return to the low 90′s next week, with some rain in the forecast. High temperatures festival weekend are expected to be in the mid 80′s. If that holds up, it will be the most comfortable weather I can ever remember for a Sunflower Fest weekend. Regardless of the weather, the music is going to be hot, the beverages will be cool, and it will be another great celebration of what makes Clarksdale so unique. Make your plans now!
I also wanted to remind you to tune in to 105.7 WROX/AM 1450 this and every Friday for Newsweek in Review. I join WROX owner Paul Wilson and Clarksdale Press-Register publisher Jessie Wright at 8:40 a.m. on Fridays to discuss local issues and events, and you can bet we will have some interesting things to talk about this week.
Another feature that Paul has running now is old recordings of Early Wright that play throughout the day, and it is great being able to hear the Soulman doing his thing from back in the day. I had the afternoon shift that led into Early’s show for a couple of years, and it is impossible to overstate the importance of his show and the lasting legacy that he built in our community. I remember one of my first encounters with a blues tourist, Christmas night, 1989, and the building was empty when I saw a man wandering around the second floor of the Central Building (as the Alcazar Hotel was called at the time). This was more than a decade before Ground Zero and Roger Stolle ignited our current tourist industry, but here was this guy, from Minnesota, wandering around Clarksdale with a tattered guidebook of some sort, looking for WROX and Early. I explained to him that Early was off for the holiday, and that I was filling in for his shift. He tried to not appear disappointed at finding me instead of the Soulman behind the mic.
Early’s legacy has continued to spread far and wide, and Clarksdale was lucky to have him for as long as we did. Tune in to WROX regularly for a rich, mellifluous, and wise dose of Clarksdale history.