Bird, Stovall, MS 1995
A young girl plays with a dead bird shot
by her uncle at their home on the Stovall plantation outside Clarksdale,
MS. Blues legend Muddy Waters was living in a cabin a few feet away
from this site when he made his first recordings for Alan Lomax of the
Library of Congress in 1941. Two years later, Waters moved to Chicago where
he made the pivotal Chess recordings that urbanized country blues
and laid the foundation for rock and roll. In July of 1949 Muddy sand:
"Hello canary bird, this is a letter home/ Well I want you to fly the whole
world over/ And find out how my baby been getting along/ Well canary bird
when you get to Clarksdale, fly down on second street/ Well you know I
don't want you to stop flying/ Until you take the letter out to Stovall
for me/ Fly on canary bird fly on."
Delta bluesman Lonnie Pitchford drew
inspiration from Waters when he recorded his powerful "Louisiana Blues."