Monday, November 25, 2013

Official Delta Dirt Merchandise Now Available

Just in time for the holiday season, The Delta Dirt is launching its first and only Delta Dirt online store! Featuring an original watercolor by Co-Editor Amy McCullough, these exclusive items are the perfect selection for that hard-to-buy-for person in your family. T-shirts, Caps, Aprons, Hoodies, Totes, Kitty Bowls, Coffee Mugs, Etc. You can get everything you need in various shades of earth tones (naturally). For an extra earthy feel, try one of the organic tees for yourself or someone you care about.

Visit us on the Web: The Delta Dirt Online Store

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello Delta! by Kallie North

Click on the photo above to visit the Web site of Kallie Dreher, a transplant to the Mississippi Delta who sees her new digs through foreign eyes. Her photos are both haunting and breathtaking, and capture the majesty and mystique of this great flat land we call home. Kallie also has a photo blog that you should visit. Should you forget how to find her, I have added her to the Blogroll on the right sidebar. Welcome to the Delta, Kallie!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Family Art Exhibit at Gallery Point Leflore

"Landscape Askew: Delta Dog Trot" by William Dunlap hangs in the lobby of the Alluvian Hotel in downtown Greenwood.

The Dunlap-Burgess-Dunlap art show opened March 1 at Gallery Point Leflore in downtown Greenwood and ends April 3.

The show will hang through April 3 and features the works of William Dunlap, Linda Burgess and Maggie Dunlap. This is their first show as a family in the Delta. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m and is located at 214 Howard Street. Contact the gallery at 662-455-0040 for more information.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Delta Haze: Photos Taken on a Hazy Sunday

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lucious Spiller at Ground Zero Saturday

Guitarist Lucious Spiller (sans Blues Band) playin' and singin' the blues.

Lucious Spiller will perform at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale this Saturday.

Legendary Arkansas Bluesman, Lucious Spiller and his Blues Band will be playing at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale on Saturday, Nov. 28. Lucious recently played at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival and the Cat Head Mini Blues Festival (acoustic). Lucious has opened for the Dazz Band, Bobby Blue Bland, Bo Diddley and many, many others. Check out the show! You can listen to some of his tunes on his MySpace page.

Ground Zero Blues Club
was opened in May 2001 by Clarksdale native and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and a couple other guys. It's a great place to catch some music and grab a Voodoo Burger or Fried Catfish BLT. Take a marker; you can write on the walls.

Thanks to faithful Delta Dirt blog reader Cliff Jones of Batesville, Arkansas for this story.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

$300 Million & 500 Jobs for the Delta -- What Could It Be?

The Mississippi Economic Council held its annually Hobnob event this morning in Jackson. Gov. Haley Barbour said a $300 million facility which would create 500 jobs would be coming to the Delta, but he didn't give further details.

Read Mississippi Business Journal writer Clay Chandler's Magnolia Marketplace blog for more info.

Tutwiler: Mississippi's Boomtown?

By Amy McCullough
Courtesy of the Mississippi Business Journal.

TUTWILER — Tutwiler’s beer, pork rinds or plate lunches must be going like hot cakes, because the Sept. 2009 sales tax revenue of more than $6,000 is double what it was for the town last year. Tutwiler’s main businesses are two gas stations with convenience stores, a restaurant and a juke joint.

Maybe the state Legislature could learn a lesson from this Delta town with a population of 1,364 in the 2000 census. It’s one of a handful of state towns that has seen a financial positive in the current recession.

Mayor Genether Spurlock did not answer cell phone calls at press time and was therefore unable to speculate about drinking, dancing, driving or fried food consumption being the cause for the economic upturn.

Owner of Big Poppa’s restaurant, Henry Gipson, said business is “so bad I’m about to close my door.” Gipson said the Double Quick on Highway 49 replaced the Shell station about five months ago and has taken 70 percent of his business. Gipson believes the Double Quick is getting everybody’s in-town and highway business.

Double Quick manager Clarence Hudson said he does not know why the town’s sales tax revenue would have increased. “Business has slowed down,” he said.

Chris Jackson, an employee at Double Dy Express, which sells gas and lunches, said the business also has not increased, and there have been no special events in town that would have provided tourism dollars.

Total Tutwiler sales tax revenue for fiscal year 2009, which includes the months of July through September, was more than $13,000. For the same period in 2008, total collection was more than $9,000.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

'Ink' Delta Art

Because it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas or birthdays or anniversaries for your favorite Delta person!

"Cotton Row Club with Power Lines"

The Cotton Row Club has been the unofficial fraternity house of numerous Greenwood gentlemen for years. Located on Ramcat Alley near Cotton Row, this famous venue featured an old bed, a Viking Range, a Coke machine with one button labeled “beer” and a bookie.

Hand-painted print measures approximately 14″ X 11″. Watercolor and gouache on watercolor paper.

$125 unframed

"Ramcat Alley"

The Greenwood, Miss. alley home to the Cotton Row Club.

Hand-painted print measures approximately 14″ X 18″. Mixed media on watercolor paper.

$125 unframed

Visit Or visit the gallery at The Mississippi Gift Company in Greenwood at 300 Howard St.