Reba Russell Band plays Poplar Bluff, Missouri by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

Posted on 5/17/2010 by Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms

(Memphis, Tennessee) This week our road excursion leads us to the beautiful community of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, home of Jim and Jerry's at 336 Vine Street where the band played to a sold out crowd of partying blues fans. Above, a friend sits in with a custom washboard and spoons. After making the drive from Memphis, we loaded into the club and checked into our hotel. A scant few hours later we were on stage playing some old favorites and also performing new songs off of the band's new release called "8."

Jim and Jerry's was populated with a great crowd of friendly patrons, all of whom loved music and greeted us warmly. You could not have asked for a more beautiful day or a kinder more receptive crowd of blues fans.

Come on in! Prime rib sandwiches, billiards and beer

Wayne Russell ponders his next meals

Josh Roberts before the show

Reba Russell and our buddy Wayne

Josh Roberts blazes forth a solo

Doug McMinn jokes with the author before the show

a new friend with a freshly signed band poster

Doug McMinn's crazy double foot pedal

the author's harps

a double stack of keys

Wayne Russell plans his next meal

Josh Roberts and Amanda McMinn during the loadout
the author was useless by this point

Blind Cat, a fine local guitarist who sat in with the band and our dear friend, Bill Crawford
thanks go to Bill for helping arrange this event and getting the band to the club

On Sunday our friends took us to an awesome all you can eat catfish place out in the country where some really fine food was had by one and all. Hyde's Fish House in Broseley, Missouri, is worth discovering. They bring on hush puppies, okra, onion, slaw, french fries, baked beans and some of the finest catfish I have ever eaten. This place cooks over 700 pounds of fish a day. I ate a great deal of that on this day. Thank you all for the great time. I hope we return very soon to revisit our friends and play more music in this beautiful place.

Hyde's Fish House
1180 State Highway Vv
Broseley, MO 63932-9178
(573) 785-9200


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