CLARKSDALE, MS – Friends of Red Paden (in sunglasses), owner of Red’s Lounge in Clarksdale, Mississippi, came out to play during his birthday bash on Sunday, November 16, Happy Birthday Red! We heard it was a great time!
Red’s Lounge received the Blues Foundation’s 2012 Keeping The Blues Alive Award under the Club category. Other Mississippi juke joints have come and gone, but for over 30 years, Reds Lounge has provided the Mississippi juke joint experience to the world. A pool table, Christmas lights and Delta blues memorabilia lining the walls, and Red Paden at the door make this the place for real deal Mississippi blues. Delta players like Big Jack Johnson, Frank Frost, Sam Carr, T-Model Ford, Super Chikan, Robert Belfour, Big George Brock, Terry Harmonica Bean, Mr. Johnnie Billington, Jimbo Mathus, Cedric Burnside, Jimmy Duck Holmes, and so many others have played Reds. National acts like Johnny Rawls, Watermelon Slim, and Eric Sardinas have also taken Reds stage. Don’t be surprised to be standing next to a Tom Waits or Robert Plant who include Reds on their Delta agenda. In addition, Red is very involved in community activities, hosting fund-raisers for local musicians.