Blues and Greens Festival

A Mississippi Delta Experience

The Hank Burdine's Blues and Greens Festival is an annual event located in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

The festival was established support blues musicians by promoting the hospitality, food, history and the talents of all the people in the Mississippi Delta. 

BB&G is a family style festival with all local and authentic atmosphere.

Official BB&G Event T-Shirt

The OFFICIAL BBG T-SHIRT! Cost is $25 per shirt and MUST be ordered online. The T-shirt will be shipped directly to you.

A few DISCLAIMERS.

This is a FOR FUN effort to help promote future Blues & Greens Festivals by spreading the word. This is NOT a FOR PROFIT effort. Printing this particular design is expensive. 

Therefore ..

All ORDER are PRE-ORDERS. That means .. we won't actually print the T-shirts until we get a minimum of 12 shirts ordered. It's just that expensive.

That being said, if we can get 36 Tshirts ordered and printed at once, we may make enough to buy a few 10GA shot gun shells for Hanks Lil' Canon!

*** Should we NOT get 12 t-shirt orders, we will refund the money to the purchasers.

Also .. I've talked with SEVERAL printers, the deal is, this "Design" has a LOT of colors and not ideal for a T-shirt. The printers are not interested in LOW quantities. And the inkjet printing method just does not compare.

Any questions, please send DAN an email at odcastillo@me.com

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We Dedicate this Festival ...

This years Blues and Greens Festival is dedicated our beloved Trader John Weatherby!  We honor John as the chief rambler for "Uncle Red's Rodeo of Rogues and Rednecks"!

That's right ... It is true that we took Susi, John's elephant, on squirrel hunting safaris in Delta National Forest. We have flown hot air balloons all over the Delta. And ... we have commandeered a 225-foot, four masted schooner in the Antilles in search of ITHAKA.

John successfully performed many more antics in search of a dang good time, and John was a musical fool! You always saw John with music booming out from somewhere.

Come hear the antics of our honoree John Weatherby, from Hank Burdine, the man who was there through it all.

Let's Get it On!

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We Make a lot of History in Mississippi

Mississippi is the birthplace of the Blues ... Charlie Patton, Dockery Plantation
Mississippi is the birthplace of Rock n Roll ... Elvis Presley, Tupelo
Mississippi is the birthplace of country music ... Jimmy Rogers

In Mississippi, we just create legends, history, and great memories. The first annual Burdine Blues and Greens Festival and the artists attending this festival will be making history. So give your children and grandchildren something to talk about by attending this year

"Let's get it on!"

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Feeling the Blues by Snooks Eaglin

This is the Blues by Snooks Eaglin.

There may come a time in everybody's life when they had to "pack my suitcase and move on down the line." And as bad as it may hurt, when you got the gut wrenching, and tear jerking blues ... singing to blues will make you feel just a little bit better...

Just ask anybody that has the blues, they know.

The Story of Robert Johnson at "The Crossroads"

Here's a little video about the infamous Robert Johnson and his crossroads fame, singing about a the Delta hot tamale.

Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to the devil at "The Crossroads" in order to play the Blues like no other.

"The Crossroads" is reported to be at Hwy 61 and Hwy 49 just a few miles north of Shacksdale. And Robert Johnson's music lives on here in Shackdale just south of Clarksdale.

When you come to the crossroads, listen the blues, hear the stories, and eat the food, it's guaranteed to change your life. Don't worry, you won't need to sell your soul to the devil for it either.

Let's Get it On!

Libby Rae and the Legacy of Sam Chatmon

Sam Chatmon founding member of the Mississippi Sheiks, elder statesman, and the man that gave dignity to the blues.

Libby Rae Watson may be the only performer continuing the legacy, the tradition, and fingerpicking style of Sam Chatmon's blues music. Mr. Sam was Libby's mentor, teacher  and dear friend. Libby is a force behind Sam Chatmon's blues music today.

Do not miss the opportunity to hear and meet Libby Rae Watson at the Blues and Greens Festival. 

Let's Get it On!

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The Story of the Delta Black Bear

The black bear is on the come back in the Mississippi Delta. Hear the stories of how the Delta was de-rivered, denuded and deforested in two generations and learn about Theodore Roosevelts adventures in the Delta and the origin of the teddy bear. \

Some of the greatest bear hunting in the U.S. was done right below Hopson Plantation at Bobo, Mississippi. Author James McCaferty will talk about Captain Robert Eager Bobo and the bears of Coahoma and Sunflower counties

Through conservative measures and land restoration the bears are back, right where they belong, in the Mississippi Delta.

Let's Get it On!

 
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Story Time, Hank Introduces Bo Weevil

If there is anyone that wants to hear real 'Delta Stories' and get to know real Delta people you need to come meet Bo Weevil.

There is no truer man ever walked in the Delta nor one with more stories. But don't ask him about duck hunting, you will NEVER get away from him

Ya'll come meet Bo Weevil at the Blues & Green Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

 
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Story Time with Hank

Come on in and close the do’, Let me tell you a little something ‘ bout everything I know.
— Duff Durrough

If you want to hear some stories about the Delta, what the hell it was really like, and still is, then come on down to the Blues and Greens Festival. Grab a chair, put it next to the fire pit, and grab a cold drink 'cause we gonna tell ya.

The stories the guitars and the smiles last well into the night. You might wanna get some rest before you come.

 
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This is Where the Blues Started.

Today, Hank met with blues man ... Jimmy "Duck" Holmes! Here's Hank's message to mission control.

 
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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, from the Blue Front Café in Benton, Mississippi, is one of the last original "blues men" from that area. His influence in the Delta Blues will be portrayed at the Burdine Blues and Greens Festival by several of the musicians playing in the Grain Bin.

Blues and Greens is a down home festival, featuring down home blues musicians, down home people, and down home food.

And Jimmy Duck, will be ... Getting' It On!

The Burdine Blues and Greens Festival is a unique opportunity to list to great music and eat great food. But it's also the best way to meet the people who made it all happen, people who are continuing the legacy, and the people who tell the stories, just a little better than most. Fun ... with a purpose!

Checkout the writing about the door!

A Bike Ride to Dublin

Our inaugural Burdine's Blues and Greens Festival Bike Ride is 14 miles through pristine rural Delta scenery and culture. A straight and flat ride with beautiful western views. Fields and churches, 5 churches, yes 5, and mile wide fields that may brimming with winter wheat.

Although not a long ride, it could be challenging for some. The wind may be a healthy adversary on this ride, but guaranteed to be at your back in one direction!

Refreshments await you at mile 7! An for when you complete your ride, water and festival style beverages await you at the finish line. The Greens cook-off starts soon after and  our great Blues music will be playing all day. 

Your $20 event fee gets you a commemorative T-shirt and a lot of fun! 

For more information about the Bike Ride, email us using the HELP page. Same day registration starts at 9:00 A.M. and the ride starts at 10:A.M. 

 So come on ... Let's Get it On!

 Photo by Libby Rae Watson

Photo by Libby Rae Watson

 

 

 

A Delta style Airstream Rally, Like No Other!

From the beginning, there’s always been a vision to add an Airstream component amongst the sharecropper cabins which make up the Shacksdale Motel and The Shack Up Inn.

“We’ve always liked the novelty of the aluminum skinned trailers tucked next to these cypress cabins. Drive around the Delta and lots of the locals do too.” Owner Jeem Fields shares his thoughts as we drive through old communities like Friars Point and Moon Lake. “We get some really cool Airstreams and other vintage trailers come through here. I mean stuff you just don’t expect to see.” 

He’s referring to the Shackdale Motel, which sits next to the ShackUp Inn, in the middle of the once booming cotton gin and sorting compound of the Hopson Plantation. 

“It’s just a cotton field, but it’s everything you could image in an glamping spot!” Dan Castillo of Jelly Bean Travel Company adds, "I’ve been to state parks, national preserves, RV campgrounds and rallies all over this country. This place, The Shackdale Motel, has everything an Airstreamer has ever wanted, even without hook ups.  It’s a game changer!”

What makes this place so special, is the collection of local talent, international tourists, scenic views, great stories and stunning sunsets. "It doesn’t matter which direction you point your nose, there’s something amazing to see and do all around you. It won’t take you long to figure out, the history of the Delta unfolds right here, in this very spot."

Pre and post Civil War eras merge at a place which used to be a part of the Hopson Plantation. The Hopson's were leaders in the mechanization of the cotton harvest.

“Of the 16 available cotton pickers, Mr. Hopson bought 13. He was aggressive and smart.” So began the migration of the the sharecroppers out of the Delta as families who had once been slaves, lost their jobs to progress and innovation. What they took with them were their stories, songs and deep concerns over their future and the music we call Blues, was born.

“Wanna know what Elvis was talking about when he sang ‘Going to a party at the county Jail…?” Look no further than the Delta.

“We aren’t gonna run utilities all over the place and create a parking lot. That’s not the type of atmosphere we are after. We’re going to preserve the perfect beauty and provide a venue you’re gonna wanna come back to every year. I come out here with my trailers, just to think and be inspired. There’s nothing like parking next to that cotton and just enjoying the sunrise, the clouds and the rainbows ... and there's always music here. Why mess that up?” 

And so Jelly Bean Travel Company and the the Shacksdale Motel have come up with 32 view inspired locations to park your Airstream. Paired with a Delta Party and a Blues Music Venue it should be a weekend to remember.  "It’s what I hear thousands of Airstreamers on Facebook pages like Airstream Addicts, Crazies and Full Timers talking about. A place with space to breathe. A place with culture and history. A place where something cool is going on."

"The Burdine Blues and Greens Festival is an authentic Mississippi Delta Party.” Hank Burdine, the event namesakes adds, "That means we’re gonna have good people, good food and great music. While we’re planning this thing, we got the Travel Channel, and Hollywood here filming documentaries and television shows. This is the birthplace of southern comfort food, southern hospitality and american blues and some of us ain’t forgot these old roots. It’s all coming back around and this is gonna be a party you don’t wanna miss.”

To registers for your glamp-site use the RESERVATION tab on the website. There’s a page showing the location of all the campsites, an event list and a page dedicated to provide information for Airstreamer enthusiasts.

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Burdine Blues & Greens Festival Website is Live

The theme for this years is "Let's Get It On!" 'cause that's what we're doing and this is a great time of year to be in the South. While we're all standing around, waiting to go hunting, we may as well be doing what we do best ... throwin' a party ... a DELTA PARTY!

The idea came from our Sunday get to togethers, after the Juke Joint Festival. It just kept on growing. The party kept on rollin' and the Grain Bin, at the Shackdale Motel, came alive with great musicians just Sittin' Around playing music together. 

We don't know were they all came from, but the parking lot got full and the streets lined with cars on Sunday evening, when the party was supposed to be winding down. The hog butt we were cookin', disappeared in no time. One thing was for certain, nobody wanted to leave and everyone wanted to know when the next party was. We all knew it right then, it was time to start planning a new party.

The Blues and Greens Festival is a home grown delta family party. The kind we're all used to 'round here. It's an opportunity for the famous and the infamous to get together and just see what's gonna happen. 

We created this website to spread the word about what we're doing' here and help others participate. We'll have a few stories along the way as we promote this and future events.  So ya'll check it out and come on out, to the FIRST Hank Burdine's Blues and Greens Festival.

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Blues & Greens Festival 2
Nov 30 & Dec 1, 2018

The Blues & Greens Festival was created by friends of Hank Burdine to encourage the storytellers, artists, food, and hospitality of the Mississippi Delta. All images and information used on this website is for the exclusive use of the festival and promotion of the sponsors associated with this event. 

“Let’s Get It On!”