Category: Music Makers

  • James Cotton

    James Cotton

    James Cotton was known as one of the world’s most popular and renowned harmonica players in the world.  He managed to have one of the longest blues careers around and played to packed houses. James Cotton was born on the Bonnie Blue Plantation in Tunica County, Mississippi on July 1, 1935.  His parents were Mose…

  • Bertha Lee Pate

    Bertha Lee Pate

      Remembering Bertha Lee from Fanny Baker in the book Chasin’ that Devil Music: Searching for the Blues by Gayle Wardlow written in 1998. Bertha Lee was a fine looking woman and could sing better than anyone I’ve heard. She ran off with Charlie Patton. Why, Bertha Lee visited Lula only two years ago. She’s living in…

  • Levon Helm

    Levon Helm

      Mark Lavon(Levon) Helm was born on May 26, 1940 outside Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas to Nell and Diamond Helm.  He had two sisters and one brother. The Helms had a cotton farm and the family lived around Marvel, which is in the western part of Phillips County.  His family encouraged him to play…

  • Robert Nighthawk

    Robert Nighthawk

    “Nobody else could play a slide like him.  They think they can but they can’t…. I ain’t never heard anybody play a slide like Robert Nighthawk.  It’s wailin’ man.”   Thats what everybody said about Robert Lee McCollum,  aka.  Robert Nighthawk.  He was born on November 30, 1909 near Searcy, Arkansas.  Many modern day blues artists…

  • Sam Carr

    Sam Carr

        Sam Carr was born April 17, 1926 in Marvel, Arkansas.  Marvel is a small town in Phillips County, just west of Helena.  His parents were Robert Lee and Mary McCollum.  Sam’s birth name was Samuel Lee McCollum ,so how did he become Sam Carr?  Who were Robert Lee and Mary McCollum?  Sam’s father…

  • Frank Frost

    Frank Frost

      Frank Frost was born on April 15, 1936 in Auvergne, Arkansas.  Like a lot of people, it was his family that inspired him to get into music.  His Father played the saxophone and it wasn’t long before Frank moved to the piano.  He could also play the guitar, but the harmonica is what he…