RedsFront.jpg (37972 bytes)If you're in Clarksdale, MS and you look real close at the Northwest corner of Sunflower Avenue & MLK Drive, catty corner from the Grange Cemetery, you just might find RED's LOUNGE.  It doesn't look like it's open and Big Red only opens when he feels like it.  There's no Red2.jpg (42383 bytes)schedule that I'm aware of and Red will be around when he wants to have a little fun and let his hair down some.  Not that Red has a lot of hair these days, but Red does have a "Juke Joint".  You just have to drive by and see if Red is open.  Clarksdale's not jumping like the "old" days with Smitty's Red Top, the Blue RedWrightAward.jpg (29931 bytes) Diamond, the Big House, Gene's Snack Bar, Mac's, the Black Forest, and several other joints open, but Red still carries on.  Red was recognized in 2006 with the Early Wright Award for keeping the Blues alive.  Red's joint represents one of the last of the real deal jukes in Clarksdale.

 

 

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AnnDancing.jpg (26921 bytes)     REDSWesley1.jpg (35009 bytes)     RedsCrowd1.jpg (44810 bytes)     JanisPool.jpg (27061 bytes)     REDSGladys.jpg (29807 bytes)

         

If you're fortunate enough to find Red's open, you'll probably run into several local musicians sitting in with the house band.  On this typical Friday night, I ran into Gladys from Shelby, Dr Mike James, Big T, Joe Iceman Williams, Blackjack, Wesley Jefferson, Jeremy Horton, Willie Butler, Artie Renkel from PA, Frankie Lee, and Josh Stewart.  These guys have been playing together for many years and it's a real treat to just hang out at this Big Ole House party at Red's.

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Everyone participates freely.  You can sing along if you want, shoot some pool, dance by yourself or with someone, or just drink
some beer.  No one pays you no nevermind, it's just another night of blues in the land where the blues began.  

 

 

Here's some photo's taken at Red's from 2002 through 2015.

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RedsTada.jpg (45571 bytes)     RedsCr1.jpg (42585 bytes)     RedGladys.jpg (50308 bytes)     RedsPeeWee.jpg (28318 bytes)     BecRat.jpg (31426 bytes)

RedPWpool.jpg (27304 bytes)     RachRedBec.jpg (46389 bytes)     PeeWeeFra.jpg (43776 bytes)     Red3.jpg (53205 bytes)     RedPaulBec.jpg (31248 bytes)

RedsMay1.jpg (26015 bytes)     BecRed.jpg (33194 bytes)     RedBigD.jpg (39093 bytes)     REDrickyGal.jpg (20412 bytes)     REDbdJerHarVin.jpg (49853 bytes)     RedNathJanis.jpg (26769 bytes)

Hiromi.jpg (47968 bytes)     REDbdRickHar.jpg (47341 bytes)      RbecDave.jpg (38855 bytes)     RedsArthur.jpg (42333 bytes)     RedsMaryNath.jpg (26310 bytes)

RedsFull.jpg (48746 bytes)     RedsJimbo.jpg (34321 bytes)     RedsHirSpider.jpg (37793 bytes)     RedsTissue.jpg (18978 bytes)     Courtney1.jpg (21434 bytes)

RedsInna.jpg (26226 bytes)     RedsNathBecLil.jpg (31816 bytes)     RedsSDredNath.jpg (30920 bytes)     RedsPack.jpg (39728 bytes)     RedsAccounting.jpg (32465 bytes)

RedsTrio.jpg (43983 bytes)     RedsSUN06.jpg (37807 bytes)     RedLightn.jpg (50437 bytes)     TmodMatt2.jpg (43391 bytes)     RedsCV.jpg (22050 bytes)

RedsGuy.jpg (37014 bytes)     RedOlie.jpg (33022 bytes)     Antonio.jpg (25815 bytes)     TmodMatt.jpg (32050 bytes)     RedsCarArt.jpg (43551 bytes)

RedMontana.jpg (43504 bytes)     RedsDance.jpg (27750 bytes)     BillS1.jpg (32807 bytes)     RedNathCharFrank.jpg (40781 bytes)     RedsBigT1.jpg (34195 bytes)

RedMorganFreeman.jpg (31750 bytes)     RedNicopwRachGary.jpg (48836 bytes)     RedMorganRach.jpg (38661 bytes)     RedSusMorZam.jpg (31354 bytes)     RedFrankJudy.jpg (35372 bytes)

FrankBlackHD.jpg (27701 bytes)     FrankBec.jpg (26171 bytes)     RedGaryTater.jpg (50973 bytes)     Jjj1.jpg (27269 bytes)     PeeWeeGreds.jpg (25284 bytes)

RatPack.jpg (38135 bytes)     RedsJukin2.jpg (30505 bytes)     FrankSamantha.jpg (29454 bytes)     BecBostonGladys.jpg (53128 bytes)     ShimmyRed.jpg (32177 bytes)

Jukin.jpg (38373 bytes)     BradleyRed.jpg (39547 bytes)     TmodVanBecky.jpg (22765 bytes)     BelfourNephew2.jpg (17713 bytes)     FrankAmy.jpg (26828 bytes)     Dingo1.jpg (30771 bytes)

AnnDingo.jpg (35090 bytes)     RedsBubba1.jpg (20858 bytes)     Fred1.jpg (26567 bytes)     Antonio1.jpg (39497 bytes)     Samantha1.jpg (44756 bytes)     RichRL2010.jpg (33404 bytes)

MSspoonman1.jpg (34416 bytes)     MSspoonRedDave.jpg (41518 bytes)     AredPeeWee.jpg (55792 bytes)     MaeDancer.jpg (50856 bytes)     GeoJoyRichard.jpg (39881 bytes)

BecErikMae.jpg (53147 bytes)     NYCfans.jpg (32373 bytes)     Juke1.jpg (13923 bytes)     Samantha3.jpg (19724 bytes)     ChrisAmyBecErik2010.jpg (54286 bytes)     RickE.jpg (35518 bytes)

If you're in Clarksdale, MS and you miss Red's, you didn't do yourself a favor.

Red's was the home for Big Jack Johnson until Big Jack's death on March 14, 2011.

RedsBJJ.jpg (35885 bytes)     BigJackREDS.jpg (59234 bytes)     RedsSIGN.jpg (49377 bytes)     RedsBigJack.jpg (24250 bytes)     BecBigJack.jpg (30395 bytes)

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