Michael Loyd Young March 2, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Po Monkeys Juke Joint, Mississippi Delta
Michael Loyd Young (b.1955, USA) has worked on worked on several projects traveling to 21 countries. His primary focus is documenting cultural symbols and the impact they have on daily life. His first book BLUES, BOOZE, & BBQ will be published and released by PowerHouse in the fall of 2009. He is currently working on a second book project documenting the hunting and fishing culture of the gulf coast.
About the Photograph:
“The image is from a two year project that I just completed about the Mississippi Delta. There is not much in the Delta other than poverty and broken dreams. However, what is left is hope through music. The Delta is the origin of the blues which is the home of many blues legends such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and many others. Through my project I attempt to capture the hope rather than the poverty. Between April and September on any weekend take a road trip on HWY 61, the 160 miles from Memphis, TN down to Greenville, MS, and you will encounter an ongoing party. Blues music is the glue that binds these poor towns together. Whether it’s a blues festival, juke joint, picnic, or just hanging out on the front porch of a clap board house you will be welcomed as part of the family. This photograph was shot at “PO’ MONKEYS”, one of the original juke joints in the Delta. Willie Seaberry, the owner, has over a 100 suits. Willie may change suits as many as five times a night and has kept his tradition ongoing for nearly 50 years.”