(from legends magazine)
By Julian Rankin
Photography by Rory Doyle
Cell service is weak in the Mississippi Delta, but the characters are strong. Madge and Billy Howell of Clarksdale have built their business on that truism. The idea for the enterprise, Delta Bohemian, came to Billy from God. The two words encompass the grit, adventure and personality of this most Southern place. The husband and wife team hosts blues tourists and culture-seekers from across the world, but neither is like any hotelier or tour guide you’ve met before. They proudly defy labels, but one thing is certain: from the moment a visitor arrives on the doorstep of the columned Clarksdale White House for an overnight stay, or sits down in Billy’s red Jeep for a jaunt through local history, the traveler has found a trusted friend.
“It’s important to me that people that are coming here connect with someone that’s from here,” says Madge. “Someone who can show them Southern hospitality and what makes us so unique and real here in the Delta.”
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