Clarksdale Travel Guide
The unassuming Redís by day
If youíre following the Blues trail around the Mississippi Delta, youíll almost certainly have Clarksdale down on your hitlist. Not only is it the biggest of the blues towns (well, technically Greenville is bigger, but thereís not much going on round there these days), but itís also the closest to
civilization Memphis (75 miles south) and the town thatís adapted best to visitors with (gasp) a choice of nice places to stay, as well as restaurants and shops all within the teeny town center.
The blues clubs are what youíre really going for, though. Ground Zero is the most famous, possibly because itís the largest, possibly because itís the most geared towards tourists (announcing musicians well in advance and keeping to published opening hours) or possibly because itís owned by Morgan Freeman.
Thereís just one problem with Ground Zero: having given it a go on three separate visits, we canít help but conclude that itís just not that great. Itís obviously very touristy and the clientele are, um, one of a kind Ė lots of girls in daisy dukes and cowboy boots without the figures to match, and guys whose hookup modus operandi is by asking you to come to their farm and ďsee my animalsĒ (100% true story). Everyoneís too blitzed to listen to the music and the general atmosphere is one of meat market/country bachelorette party.