The unofficial mayor of Clarksdale Mississippi for many years, Terry “Big T ” Williams will look after you when you get to town. In a recent Sunflower River Blues Festival a couple years ago Terry would be opening with his own band, Big T and the Family, playing bass with his long time colleague Big Jack Johnson, now deceased. Saturday morning on the acouostic stage with Arhtniece Jones a poet and rapper also now deceased. The crossroads, the junction of Highway 61 and 49, where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil is just part of the tradition that is on Big T’s very big shoulders and the young Terry all of 50 years young is happy to carry the torch. When you go south from Memphis and drive two hours through the Delta you get to the magical place that Big T with his hands around the guitar is the spokesperson for. He has three albums but to hear him live is to experience the Blues. He was born and raised in Clarksdale and except for a short time in Parchment and a stint in Amsterdam has been on the stage in this Mississippi town, teaching here and in Memphis, he is fluent in bass and guitar. His family played Motown records constantly and that element sometimes comes out in his style. If you want to experience the best of the Blues, with influences from RL Burnside and influencing the North Mississippi All Stars, among others go to Clarksdale. As Terry says, ” The Rolling Stones owe Muddy Waters a shit load of money.”

Edited by ElmerLach on 7 Nov 2014, 03:08

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Terry Big T interview for three days in a hotel in 2010.

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