Thursday, October 11

If You Build It, He Will Come: Making a Pit for Rodney Scott

This year's Delta Divertissement--our 10th--includes a harvest supper on the grounds of Dockery Farms just outside of Cleveland, MS. Widely considered the birthplace of the Blues, Dockery was home to hundreds of families who marked the end of the cotton harvest and the arrival of cooler weather with annual hog killings. Next week, our group will descend on Dockery to meet oral history subjects who will share stories from their time at Dockery and listen to Delta-native Jimbo Mathus's musical tribute to one of his heroes, bluesman Charley Patton, who lived on Dockery. The night's culinary main attraction: a whole hog cooked by Rodney Scott of Hemingway, SC. 

SFA member and friend David Crews is building a pit for Rodney on the grounds of Dockery at this very moment and just sent us this photo of his progress.

For those of you joining us in the Delta next week, come hungry and ready to learn. You might want to bring your dancing shoes, too.

If you won't be in the Delta with us, you can watch from afar. Keep track of our Delta ramblings on Twitter by following #SFABBQ.