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Will Shade Tribute

By Candice Ludlow


Production Assistance by Kip Cole

Memphis, TN – Blues lovers often make the trek to Memphis to pay tribute to those who created the rich, old-time sound of the delta. Candice Ludlow spoke with a Chicago music teacher who made the pilgrimage to Memphis to pay his respects to his favorite bluesmen. Topping his list was a visit to the gravesite of Will Shade of the popular Memphis Jug Band.

Leach decided that Will Shade needed a stone to mark his grave, so he took it upon himself to organize a concert earlier this year at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Charlie Musselwhite, a former student of Shade's, headlined the Will Shade benefit. Yesterday, Musselwhite talked about the last time he saw his friend Will Shade.

Musselwhite plays tonight at the Beale Street Music Festival. Will Shade will receive a personalized gravestone tomorrow at 11:00 AM at the Shelby County Cemetery, 8340 Ellis Road, Memphis; followed by a reception and jam at the Center for Southern Folklore, 119 South Main Street, Memphis.