MUSIC FOR LUNCH!
The music is free and you can bring your own lunch or buy ours - every Thursday & Friday 12-1 !
01/21 THURSDAY: Mark "Muleman" Massey
Hard time leads to hard blues. That's the story behind Mark
"Mule Man" Massey. Growing up in the cradle of the Delta blues,
Clarksdale, Mississippi, Mark Massey heard plenty of blues. But it
took a stretch in Parchman Prison for Mark to discover the blues'
deeper meaning. It was there he met and befriended David Kimbrough, son of legendary Mississippi blues icon, Junior Kimbrough, who taught him the basics of the blues and got him a spot in the Parchman Prison Band.
his release, Mark was determined to turn his negative experience into a
positive. In the early 1990s - when he wasn't busy with farm work
(hence the name "Mule Man") - he began his career as a blues guitarist
and singer playing every dive and juke joint he could in northern
Mississippi. Eventually he honed his skills well enough to play in the
International Blues Competition as well as the better blues clubs like
B.B. King's on Beale Street and Morgan Freeman's "Ground Zero."
the way, he received support and encouragement from many regional
musicians including longtime friend of the Center for Southern Folklore
and blues harmonica player extraordinaire Blind Mississippi Morris.
Morris schooled Mark in the rich legacy of the blues masters who came
before him. As Mark puts it, because of Morris, "Today when I play
their music, I can really feel those guys. I keep playing because I
want to keep their songs alive."
What's for lunch? Local
and Touring Single/Duo/Group Acts will Perform Blues, Soul, Rockabilly,
Bluegrass, Jazz, and Folk - just come by and find out who's playing.
"Brown Bag" your own lunch or try one of the Center's authentic
Southern dishes - meat or meatless chili, vegetarian greens, hot water
cornbread and peach cobbler.
Support the Center - and yourself - by getting a FolkPass.
include two $5 vouchers good for any CSF show, plus a whole
bunch of other perks. That means for $50 you get $10 back just as a
start - and benefits that will last all year long.