Highway 61 Revisited

No substantive blogging this week. Instead, serious motorcycle riding and blues immersion.

Four years ago Jimmie Bratcher and I went on a 700 mile motorcycle blues odyssey through Mississippi on Highway 61 — The Blues Highway. We were visiting the historical sites of the great bluesmen of the Mississippi delta: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, etc., etc. All rock and jazz has its roots in the blues and the blues were born in a few counties in northern Mississippi. I find it fascinating. Jimmie and I had a great time on our motorcycle blues odyssey…so we’ve decided to do it again.

Highway 61 Revisited.

This time three other guys are going with us — Harley riding preachers all. We pull out of St. Joe Monday morning and we’ll be back Thursday night.

So who is my favorite bluesman? Probably Blind Willie Johnson. Blind Willie did Gospel blues exclusively and was a phenomenal bottleneck slide player.

Here is a very cool youtube on Blind Willie Johnson. Do check it out!

This book is in my saddlebag.

I’ll be back at Word of Life on Friday night. I’ll be preaching on “Earthy Spirituality.” Sunday I’ll be preaching “the bank robbery sermon” — I don’t have a title for it yet, but you won’t want to miss it.

I’m in the wind.



Bonus youtube:

A video bootleg of Dylan doing “Mississippi.”

(I love it!)