1980’s Blues Musicians In Mississippi & Tennesse

Big Jack Johnson
Memphis, Tennessee

 

Documentary Photographer David Katzenstein is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Roots of Blues‘.  To see David’s collections and projects click on any image.

 

Junior Kimbrough’s house Holly Springs, Mississippi

Junior Kimbrough’s house
Holly Springs, Mississippi

 

Roosevelt Booba Barnes at home Greenville, Mississippi

Roosevelt Booba Barnes at home
Greenville, Mississippi

 

Jesse Mae Hemphill Memphis, Tennessee

Jesse Mae Hemphill
Memphis, Tennessee

 

THE ROOTS OF THE BLUES

Between 1988-89 I made two trips to Arkansas and Mississippi with writer Robert Palmer, who was one of the country’s most respected writers and historians about the history of blues music. We were on assignment for Rolling Stone Magazine, and because of Bob’s contacts we had important access to numerous musicians in the area.

What became clear as we began our journey together searching for the roots of the blues was that the music was part of the Delta landscape and the people we encountered were carrying on an important tradition that spanned many decades. My goal was to visually depict their lives and their love of the musical tradition in which they lived.

 

Big Jack Johnson and the Jelly Roll Kings Memphis, Tennessee

Big Jack Johnson and the Jelly Roll Kings
Memphis, Tennessee

 

House party Holly Springs, Mississippi

House party
Holly Springs, Mississippi

 

Barber shop Mississippi

Barber shop
Mississippi

 

Getting directions Holly Springs, Mississippi

Getting directions
Holly Springs, Mississippi

 

Junior Kimbrough performing at house party Holly Springs, Mississippi

Junior Kimbrough performing at house party
Holly Springs, Mississippi

 

Roosevelt Booba Barnes at home Greenville, Mississippi

Roosevelt Booba Barnes at home
Greenville, Mississippi

 

See also:

Times Square Project

By David Katzenstein

 


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