Clarksdale, Miss/Ms.: songs/albums inspired by


I got to wondering how many songs have been written about Clarksdale – after reading about Robert Plant’s Walking into Clarksdale album – so I did a quick search on itunes. I found 50 songs with either Clarksdale in the title of the song or album (most were song titles) -and they had great titles like

Stranded in Clarksdale

Clarksdale Moan

Crying Down in Clarksdale

Down Around Clarksdale

Slow Night in Clarksdale

Clarksdale’s Burning

No We Ain’t From Clarksdale

Clarksdale’s Waiting  for me.

The performers included Elvis Costello whose Clarksdale Sessions songs were recorded at a studio in Clarksdale, Son House, and Jelly Roll Morton. I couldn’t find a recording of Robert Plant singing Walking into Clarksdale but I did find a good cover by Nanette Workman. Also enjoyed Charlie Musselwhite’s Clarksdale Boogie, and Super Chiken (a local favorite) singing Clarksdale.

Might be fun to download a few of these for your trip – I think I will next time.

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One response to “Clarksdale, Miss/Ms.: songs/albums inspired by

  1. Steven Anderson

    This was just what I was looking for Betsy. Thanks for sharing it. I’ve got “Walking into Clarksdale “ by Page and Plant. My favorite song on that album is Blue Train. Lots of memories of Ft. Sill in that one. And “Please read the letter which Robert redid with Alison Kraus which they did on “Raising Sand”. I’m always interested in music history. Thanks again and have a great life!!! Steve Anderson Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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