Wesley "Junebug" Jefferson
b March 23, 1944 Roundaway, MS - d July 22, 2009 Clarksdale, MS
Born to sharecroppers, Mom ran a Juke in their house. Fish, chitlins, gambling, and blues. Wes moved to Memphis in the 1960's and frequented Beale Street and picked up his first guitar there and also he played the drums. Wesley returned to Clarksdale and worked as a mechanic at the Hopson Plantation and played the blues at Smitty's Red Top. Much of the time Wes played bass and played for a time with C V Veal and later played with Sam Carr, Frank Frost, and Bilbo Walker. Other band members through the years have been Super Chikan, Big T, Anthony Sherrod, Iceman Williams, Dr Mike, Rip Butler, and Gladys Kyles. Wesley always had music in his bones, even while a mechanic at Hopson Plantation for 22 years. He will be missed by all the people that frequented the joints in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
b March 8, 1943 - Prairie Point, MS
Handy Blues Award Winner in 2004, 2003, & 2001.
If you like down home festivals, plan to attend Willie's Freedom Creek Festival held on the 3rd Friday-Saturday each May at Willie's place near Aliceville, AL. It was always Willie & The Liberators, a bunch of Blues type people, neighborhood friends, and whatever Blues musicians that might stroll in to just jam on a weekend in the country. You might see Honeyboy, Hubert Sumlin, Debbie Bond, and others. Git yourself to Aliceville, AL and take route 17 South out of Aliceville about 9 miles, then head West on County Rd 32 about a mile, then turn right on County Rd 1 and go past the church and take the next right which should be Old Memphis Road. Watch for signs posted to git yourself right on past Willie's digs and into the festival countryside. If you're lost, then call 205 554-1795 and ask for help. www.Willie-King.com
b Feb. 2, 1944 Roundaway, MS - d Oct. 23, 2009 Clarksdale, MS