“I haven’t given up on the Delta, but there isn’t much I can do about most of the residents. But thinking about all this hit me especially hard when I tried to narrow my thinking to a Blues musician I knew: T-Model Ford didn’t live like a rich man. He certainly didn’t have a lot of money towards the end. If it weren’t for the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund—including Euphus “Butch” Ruth (amazing Delta photographer), “Skip” Henderson, and T. DeWayne Moore, plus Ford’s friends Amos Harvey, Alan Orlicek, and Rob Mortimer, where would T-Model’s bones be resting right now? Thank the gods for those guys, and for the Blues Benevolent Committee and Music Maker Relief Foundation who have helped artists like T-Model over the years. Without the generosity of men like these, who knows what would have happened to some of our most beloved musicians? Please keep your eyes open when you go to the Delta and remember what the Blues is all about.”
“Mighty Mississippi Music Festival Announces Hit Lineup July 25 2014 by Warren Hines 4 Comments Mighty Mississippi Staffers and Friends gather around announcement for a picture from a drone Mighty Mississippi Staffers and Friends gather around announcement for a picture from a drone (Photo by John Montford Jones, Flat Out Delta) The Mighty Mississippi was flowing in the evening sunlight as citizens of the Mid-Delta gathered for a celebration of the announcement of the main stage lineup for the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, slated for October 3rd – 5th. Fans were thrilled to see Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, The Band of Heathens, Alvin Youngblood Hart and countless famous Delta bands and blues musicians on the list for the weekend-long, camp -out festival at Warfield Point Park which could be described as the “Golden Buckle on the Bridging the Blues Experience”. The citizens of Washington County were all in high spirits to welcome a man wh”
“T-Model Ford died at home in Greenville of respiratory failure after a prolonged illness on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Amos Harvey, formerly of Fat Possum Records, contributed to help cover the costs of the visitation at Redmond Funeral Home on North Broadway Street in Greenville. Friends and admirers of the blues musician held fundraisers at the Walnut Street Blues Bar in Greenville, the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Marshall County, and other locations throughout the state. The funeral service was held at the Washington County Convention Center on July 27. Musician and songwriter Robert Mortimer, Jr., who co-owned Mortimer Funeral Home and managed Green Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, donated the burial plot and vault for the local blues singer in the newly named “Legends” section of the burial ground. The grave marker was designed by Amos Harvey and engraved by Alan Orlicek”
“Mississippi Music Festival; To quote Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, Mighty Mississippi is growing “at the speed of asparagus”. With down home Mississippi Delta Blues and Rock holding down the roots for this year’s line-up, festival ring leaders have once again booked world class acts for the main stage. The headliner for this year’s Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will be Old Crow Medicine Show. One of the world’s most popular and most loved Bluegrass and Americana bands will be playing with the Mississippi River itself as the backdrop to the stage. As the group continues to forge new hits as recently as this year, the river crowd may wind up t”
" Rob Mortimer owned the acoustic stage at the 1st Annual Hot Tamale Festival, with a unforgettable 'Otis' and covers of 'Raspberry Beret' & 'Jockey Full of Bourbon'"
"As we walked towards downtown Starkville after the MS State vs. Arkansas game, we passed by the Cotton District's 'Deep End'. There were 5000 to 6000 students/fans in the 'Deep End' dancing/partying to a band called GoodPaper & Reverend Robert Mortimer. Never have we seen something so EPIC."
“Good Paper Releases a Brand New Album Rob Mortimer, Ben Skelton, and I have been playing together in some form for almost a decade. We three are. Good Paper, although”
“Rob Mortimer and Good Paper has become a fixture in Starkville's music scene as of late; the band got its start eight years ago in Greenville, a city most notable for blues-heavy musical heritage. Mortimer was able to sit down and speak about the band's experiences. Mortimer:The band started in Greenville in 1999.R.M: Basically,I am a hyper-active person and I love everything about James Brown: in the early days of the band we recorded ourselves playing for a small crowd at Tipitina's in New Orleans.We watched the show on VHS.We decided that our stage presence was awful. When be got back to the Delta,I watched "James Brown: Live at the Apollo."Next, we learned the song "Sex Machine" and I tried to act just like James Brown. "Sex Machine" is a song that has to be done at the end of a show, because of the amount of intensity it brings. I'd rather watch a mediocre band with a gimmick and great stage presence than a band that sits or stands in one place. 90 percent of it is looking good. ”
“The North Mississippi Allstars are once again visiting Rick's Caf tonight and will be accompanied by Good Paper, the four-piece blues/rock group that has appeared at Whiskey Blues, Mugshot's, or Dave's Dark Horse Tavern a time or two.Good Paper, consisting of Rob Mortimer (vocals/guitar/keys/songwriter) will perform first and then set the stage for the Allstars.”
"Naw, we ain't from 'round here, we 're from Bastrop." -R. Mortimer
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