Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Feast Farmers' Market in Water Valley

Come gather local honey, preserves and pickles, eggs, breads and pies, produce and more in Water Valley on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, from 3-6pm at the WVMSA office (207 N. Main Street right across from where the summer farmers' market is held. There will be a sign in the road!).

Take the opportunity to check out our Main Street and its new coffeeshop, Main Attraction; get a milkshake in the old-fashioned Turnage Drugstore; and if it's after 5, head to White Star Tavern for some pool and beverages.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009


A hell of a lineup on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. The only trouble will be deciding on who to see. We have "Machine Gun" Kelley and the G-Men at Rooster's and T. Model Ford at Parrish's. Not to mention Cowboy Mouth at the Library. I'm leaning toward "Machine Gun" Kelley tonight, a terrific new band in town fronted by Kelley Norris, and then sliding over to Parrish's to see the old man play some gritty blues. Next week will be slow, so enjoy the Ditch tonight.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Claudia Cardinale

Today's Hollywood can keep all the stickly thin, Botoxed women they want. I'll take the real women of 1960s cinema every time. How can you even compare today's actresses with Raquel, Pamela Tiffin, or the great Claudia Cardinale?

Claudia was almost superhuman in her heat and sexuality. If you need more than the photo above, make sure to check her out in Once Upon A Time in the West, 8 1/2, and the super kitchy Don't Make Waves with Tony Curtis.

There's a Claudia Cardinale fest on TCM tonight. I think the three films represent a nice assortment with her in a seminal western, a Fellini film, and then pure camp. Also highly recommended: The Professionals. A terrific gritty Western where I have no doubt men would risk their lives to save her.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Rockabilly pianist Smoochy Smith at the Powerhouse Tuesday

On Tuesday from 7 - 9pm the Powerhouse, Oxford's community arts center, will host a "Rockabilly and Liquor" edition of its Troubadour Lounge series featuring Sun Records recording artist Jerry Lee "Smoochy" Smith. Also performing are Oxford's own Jimmy Phillips and Donovan McCain, who is leading the house band. The event, which costs $7, will also include tastings of Jeremiah Ward Sweet Tea Vodka and Catdaddy Moonshine.

Smith, born in 1939, began working with Carl Perkins when he was just 14, and first recorded for Sun a couple years later with Ken Parchman. He also recorded with artists including Ace Cannon, Billy Lee Riley and Warren Smith. In the early '60s he was a member of the Stax group the Mar-Keys, who had the hit "Last Night." In the '80s I remember being impressed by Smith's frantic piano work when he was touring with the Sun Rhythm Section, a group of rockabilly veterans that also included Sonny Burgess, Paul Burlison, Stan Kesler, and J.M. Van Eaton. Here's an article about Smith by Bob Mehr in the Commercial Appeal.

Here's some video of Smith in action.

Smoochy Smith from Southern Folklore on Vimeo.