I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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B.B. King’s last Indianola homecoming concert, Sunday 5/25/14

He will be playing for free in the afternoon in the park.  The festival closer at Club Ebony will be a show with Bobby Rush instead of B.B. King.

This is truly the end of an era, and of a historic run.  I’ve very glad of all the times I saw him perform, […]

Bobby Rush, Vashti Jackson, and Jesse Robinson play the Lamar Lounge in Oxford

Today was an over-the-top Oxford day– the Southern Culture Center’s Music Conference, Thacker Mountain, a reception for the blues show at the University Museum, a Mississippi all-star blues concert at the Lamar Lounge.   We took in a lot of it, but the highlight was the blues show at the Lamar.

This was one […]

An amazing amount of blues at Lamar Lounge on Thursday April 3

This is quite a list of folks who will apparently be at Lamar on Thursday in the poster below.

There is a ridiculous amount going on this week in Oxford.


Otis Spann, “A Sad Day in Texas”

Blues, just off the Square, with Leo “Bud” Welch

Last night, Joyce and I co-hosted a party at our office just off the Square for Representative Bobby Moak. If you are interested in Mississippi blues, the biggest thing was that we had bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch from Bruce rocking the house (well, the front yard).

Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in […]

Some personal memories of T Model Ford

I’ve been thinking off an on today about T Model Ford, since hearing he’d passed.

More than any others of the blues musicians I’ve heard over the years, you had to be there for T Model.  I can’t hold up one of his records and tell you, “you’ll get some of it if you […]

At Dockery Plantation, the real home of the blues

Dockery Plantation, between Cleveland and Ruleville, Mississippi on state Highway 8, was established in 1895. It is and will be historically remembered as a major dissemination point for the blues, at its beginnings. Charley Patton lived there, and a number of musicians who learned directly from him learned there or in that area. […]

Blues Trail Marker free iPhone app

The Mississippi Blues Trail has gone one notch better, with a free iphone app with information about all the markers and where to find them.

There’s a map locating all of them; you can use it to find the markers…

…and to see the information that is contained there. The one below […]

Red’s in Clarksdale: A tale of a true Mississippi juke

Except for the line about the “last Mississippi juke” (I resist that term last except where it applies to clearly defined sets– e.g. Jack Johnson was the “last member of the Jelly Roll Kings”), this LA Times piece about Red’s in Clarksdale (and comparing Red’s to Ground Zero) really gets it right.

Red Paden […]

Sad news from Clarksdale

I just got this email:

Sadly, according to Red Paden of Red Lounge minutes ago, Clarksdale blues legend Big Jack Johnson passed away this morning (Monday, 3/14/11) “around 6am” at the hospital in Memphis.  He had been sick and in ICU for some time.  Arrangements are pending.  The information will be posted here when […]