Stan Street

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James "Super Chikan" Johnson

b February 16, 1951 Darling, MS

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Picked up the nickname "CHIKAN" because he talked to chickens at an early age.
Super Chikan transferred those chicken sounds to his first musical
homemade instrument, the 'diddly bow'.  Not enough sounds from the one
string bow, so James made a four string diddly.  Now we're talkin' baby.
Like many poor youngsters in the South, James hit the cotton fields
around the age of eight to help keep the family going.  Not until the early
1960's did he buy his first real guitar from  a second  hand store in
Clarksdale, MS.  Through the years while working at a number of jobs,
James wrote his own music and played with Clarksdale residents,
Sam Carr, Wesly Jefferson, and Jackie Brenston.  From this background
James developed his own unique style.  Attending one of his "shows",
you will see The Chikan Strut, The Chikan Shake, and hear that Chikan
crow!  You will have experienced his infectious smile and  personality in
addition to his musical ability.  In addition to playing the guitar, he also
plays bass, harmonica, and piano.  In his spare time, he even produces
original artwork and makes his own stylized guitars using gasoline cans
and other assorted unconventional bits and pieces.  He appeared in an
April-1999 National Geographic story concerning "The Blues Highway"
and he has toured Japan as a representative for the State of Mississippi
and was the recipient of the Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in
Arts in 2004.  Music must run in the family as Super
Chikan is a nephew of Big Jack Johnson.

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Terrell Williams

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Clay Von Veal
AKA CV Veal

b October 4,1926 Bobo, MS  d May 8, 2018 Clarksdale, MS
Used to be C V Veal & The Shufflers which included Jackie Brenston,
Ike Turner, Raymond Hill, Clayton Love, and Eugene Fox.

His sidemen included a who's who of Clarksdale area musicians
including Wesley Jefferson, JC Holmes, Sam Carr, Frank Frost,
Big Jack Johnson, Little Jeno Tucker, Robert Bilbo Walker,
Willie Foster and others.  His wife Marian was a featured vocalist.

Pepper Von, a world wide known fitness guru is a son.

While CV retired in the late 1980's, he continued to be a major part of
Chapel Hill MB church and the Male Choir.

Awarded the Julius Guy Gospel Heritage Award in 2010.
Received Bluesman Award from MojoRat LLC in 2015.

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