NITTA YUMA: Bo Carter MS Blues Trail Marker dedication

5 p.m. July 29 in Nitta Yuma, Mississippi: the dedication and celebration of Bo Carter's grave marker!
Bo Carter was one of the pre-eminent blues artists of the 1930s, one of the most interesting and creative of all American musicians, and my personal favorite and biggest influence. I perform and teach his music, and wrote my master's thesis on him.
Born in 1892, Bo Carter died in 1964 and is finally getting a marker on his grave. The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund raised the funds to clean up the abandoned cemetery, secure public access to it, and buy and place the marker.
Henry Phelps, who owns much of the land around the cemetery, is turning this event into a town celebration, and is inviting us all to the party after the dedication.

Steve Cheseborough will speak about Carter at the event, and play a few of his songs -- on his guitar! I have talked to the owner of that instrument, a National Style N, and he is bringing it. Also on hand will be the violin allegedly played by Bo Carter's brother, fiddler Lonnie Chatmon, on the recordings of the Mississippi Sheiks, the Chatmon family band! (Bo Carter's original name was Armenter Chatmon. He, Lonnie Chatmon, Sam Chatmon and their ten other siblings all were musical, as were their parents.)
There will be several other musical acts on the program, including Steve Cheseborough, Andy Cohen, Moses Crouch, and the Jake Leg Stompers. 

Steve Cheseborough will also perform 7:15-8:15 p.m. July 31 at Hal & Mal's, Jackson, followed by the Central Mississippi Blues Society band. There will be lots of Bo Carter material in his show there!