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“RAILROADIN’ SOME” by 'Mississippi'Max Haymes
(The Tennessee, Mississippi & Arkansas Book Signing Tour)

This is the tale of 'Delta Bound Blues: 3 Brits Hit the South' - the jottings and photos of our recent book signing trip to the Southern States. Max Haymes is the storyteller (with interjections from 'Ramblin' Rex and 'Pic-poppin' Al) and Alan White is the photographer and website master. Hope y'all enjoy it!

On completing my first book, on railroads in the early blues period titled Railroadin’ Some, I eagerly awaited  the moment the first copy rolled off the presses.  This did not happen until 7.00p.m. the night before we were to fly to Memphis departing just fo’ noon!  The ‘we’ being Rex Haymes (aka Hell Hound Rex/Ramblin’ Rex) my kid brother who sings and plays the blues (‘jus’ like a black man’ as one African American put it!) from the 1920s and 30s on guitar, kazoo, harmonica and washboard; Alan White (recently dubbed ‘pic-poppin’ Al’) website master for earlyblues.com and photographer extraordinaire; and myself, Max Haymes

Read on for more of our fabulous journey.....

Details of events (links to separate daily pages) - more to follow soon!

Thursday, 31st August 2006
Delta bound... travelling from Manchester, UK to Atlanta, GA then to Memphis, TN, staying for 4 nights at the home of Dr. David Evans, eminent blues historian/author, ethnomusicologist and very fine blues guitarist/singer!

Friday, 1st September 2006
Wine tasting at the Old Millington Vineyard and Winery, Millington, TN then shopping on Beale Street, Memphis, TN, and finally back to David's home for an evening of blues guitar

Saturday, 2nd September 2006
Square Books Store, Oxford, MS, then to the N. C, & St, L, Depot & Railroad Museum and the Casey Jones Railroad Museum, both in Jackson, TN,

Sunday, 3rd September 2006
The Old Millington Vineyard and Winery, Millington, TN (for more wine and good sounds), then on to the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, Memphis, TN

Monday, 4th September 2006
Moving on from Memphis, down Highway 61, branching off to Helena, AK and then on to Cleveland, MS for the next 5 nights at the fabulous Molly's B&B

Tuesday, 5th September 2006
Further on down Highway 61 crossing over Sunflower County to Club Ebony Juke Joint, Indianola, MS, then on Steve LaVere's Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, Greenwood, MS. A visit to Robert Johnson's grave, on to Itta Bena, and finally on to the Old Jailhouse at Belzoni, MS

Wednesday, 6th September 2006
Back up Highway 61 to Helena, AK to appear on the King Biscuit Time Radio Show (KFFA 1360), then on to Lula, Friars Point, Stoval and Rosedale. Finally back to the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum, Cleveland, MS for presentations on 'Mississippi Delta - Past, Present & Future'

Thursday, 7th September 2006
Morning relaxation at Dockery Farm, Cleveland then a guided cultural tour of the Delta in the afternoon by Dr Luther Brown (Director of the Delta Center for Culture & Learning, Delta State University, Cleveland) visiting Po Monkey's Juke Joint, Merigold, Mound Bayou, Drew, on to Ruleville, then back to Cleveland, MS

Friday, 8th September 2006
Way on down Highway 61 passing by Vicksburg and on to the 'Cultural Crossroads' Gallery, Port Gibson, MS, then back to Edwards, MS, and on to Greenville, MS

Saturday, 9th September 2006
Delta Blues Museum and Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS and on up Highway 61 back to Memphis, TN
Homeward bound... Delta Airways from Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA to Manchester, UK

Sunday, 10th September 2006
Home and sleep at last!

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