Preservation in action: Stovall Store is getting ready to juke again... The Mighty Roots Music Festival starts in ONE week at the historic Stovall Gin.
Recognize the name? Muddy Waters lived and worked here on Stovall; it's where Alan Lomax first recorded him. His #MississippiBluesTrail marker is just down the road. (Psst: save the date for something cool we're about to announce on 10/3 2p to honor that heritage...)
Talk about heritage: Howard Stovall is Colonel William Howard Stovall's grandson, and founder of the Mighty Roots festival. He grew up playing here, is now one of the co-owners of Ground Zero Blues Club downtown -- and still plays the blues in Clarksdale. If you've seen the Stone Gas Band, you may've seen Howard onstage.
For many years while this store has seemed shuttered, the Stone Gas Band has actually been using it for band practice!
After the Festival it's going to keep juking.
This ain't the first or last time you'll hear world-class music here. Mighty Roots is just the beginning of a new era...
Preservation in progress at the historic Stovall commissary (c) Shared Experiences USA