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Junior’s Interior 1

Chulahoma, MS 1999

Folk art murals cover the walls of Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint in Chulahoma, MS. Blues clubs and juke joints often contain colorful, exuberant paintings created by un-trained artists that give life and energy to otherwise humble and often run-down buildings. The murals at Junior’s were painted by artist Johnny Hodges sometime around 1990 before Kimbrough moved to the club to Chulahoma, located along highway 4 between Holly Springs and Senatobia. During the eight years that the Kimbrough family ran the club (it was burned by an arsonist in 2000), Junior’s place was visited by blues fans from all over the world, including members of the Rolling Stones and U2, who made the pilgrimage to hear Kimbrough’s hypnotic, droning Hill Country blues which he performed every Sunday night until his death in 1998.

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