Terry "Big T" Williams and Wesley "Junebug"
Meet Me In The Cotton Field
Broke & Hungry Records
Meet Me In The Cotton Field, Broke & Hungry Records’ latest venture, is
a collaboration between two venerable Clarksdale, MS musicians, Terry “Big
T” Williams and Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson, that continues the label’s
impressive streak of releases.
Williams, formerly a student of Clarksdale’s legendary Johnnie
Billington, has been regarded as one of the area’s best guitarists due
to his long association with Big Jack Johnson (appearing with him on the
Deep Blues soundtrack and film), as well as with the Jelly Roll Kings
and the Stone Gas Blues Band. More recently, fronting his own bands, he
has also received attention for his fiery vocal style, which is
occasionally reminiscent of Muddy Waters. He has worked off and on with
Jefferson for over 20 years.
Jefferson is a long-time fixture of the Clarksdale blues scene, playing
guitar, then drums, and eventually settling on bass. The list of
musicians Jefferson has played form a veritable Who’s Who of the
Clarksdale scene, including Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Sam Carr,
Robert “Bilbo” Walker, Willie “Rip” Butler, Little Jeno Tucker, and
James “Super Chikan” Johnson. In the early ’90s, he also appeared on the
Rooster Blues classic cassette-only anthology Clarksdale, Mississippi:
Coahoma the Blues and a live CD from the Do Drop Inn.
Meet Me In The Cotton Field disc is a mixture of acoustic and electric tracks. The acoustic
tracks were recorded at Jimbo Mathis’ Delta Recording Studio in
Clarksdale and include the opening cut, a vocal-only take of “Meet Me In
The Bottom” by Jefferson that evokes the lonely, haunting mood of a hot
summer night in the Delta. Other highlights from this session include
Jefferson’s “The Wreck,” an autobiographical track about a harrowing
accident Jefferson had in a van several years ago, and Williams’ track,
“Incarcerated Blues,” a solo track that would have been a good fit in
the Stovall Plantation-era Muddy Waters catalog. Williams actually
covers a Stovall-era Waters track as well (“Can’t Be Satisfied”).
“Let’s Go Down To Red’s” is a tribute to one of Clarksdale’s foremost
juke joints (and the recording site for the electric tracks) complete
with a roll call of many of the familiar names on the local scene, and
the title track, another autobiographical track by Jefferson, who paints
a vivid picture of Delta life with his lyrics.
The Red’s Lounge tracks include a funky cover of Frank Frost’s
“Pocketful of Money,” driven by Jefferson’s droning bass, and “Catfish
Blues,” a stunning seven-minute version of the classic where the past
and present incarnations of Mississippi Delta blues crash head-on with
These kinds of recordings are getting harder and harder to come by.
Authentic and raw, this is absolutely the real deal. You can almost feel
the rich Delta soil oozing between your toes when you listen to this
one. Blues lovers are advised to seek this one out at all costs.
--- Graham Clarke