Published on October 7th, 2015 | by Rafael Alvarez0
The Great Magnolia Vagabond – Part 6
It’s early April of 2008 and I’m searching for the shack where Mississippi John Hurt lived long before he settled in Washington D.C. before his death in 1966.
Along the way, I befriended a teenage guitar player waiting tables in downtown Carrollton (just east of the Delta in Carroll County) with a passion for the stage. John Hurt’s shack I was told was just a mile or two away. Perhaps the spirits would be friendly there and bestow a deep blue benediction.
“Well,” she said, leaning on a broom at the ender of her shift, “It’s my grandmother’s birthday and I’ve got to go to dinner with my family.”
I left her with a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, which had been a prop for the library-card carrying assassin Brother Mouzone in season two of The Wire.
She finished sweeping and I headed out to the shack, still and silent back in the country, hoping that the young musician would become successful enough to spend hours in a van traveling from gig to gig, reading Marquez and staring out the window when a passage moved her.