Joe Callicott

”Mississippi” Joe Callicott was an American Delta blues singer and guitarist. Callicott was born in Nesbit, Mississippi, United States. In 1929 he played second guitar in Garfield Akers’ duet recording, ”Cottonfield Blues”. His ”Love Me Baby Blues” has been covered by various artists, e.g. by Ry Cooder. Arhoolie Records recorded Callicott commercially in the mid-1960s. Some of his 1967 recordings were re-released in 2003, on the Fat Possum record label. His best known recordings are ”Great Long Ways From Home” and ”Hoist Your Window and Let Your Curtain Down”. Callicott also recorded, as noted by one music journalist, ”his lilting ”Fare Thee Well Blues.”” He served as a mentor to the guitarist Kenny Brown when Brown was ten years old. Joe Callicott is buried in the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Nesbit, Mississippi. On April 29, 1995, a memorial headstone was placed on his grave arranged by the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund with the help of Kenny Brown and financed by Chris Strachwitz, Arhoolie Records and John Fogerty.