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Popular Clarksdale Musician Passes September 10, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Blues Guitar, Obituary.
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Funeral arrangements and donation information

for “Mr. Tater, The Music Maker” (Foster Wiley)

“Mr. Tater, The Music Maker” passed away early Friday morning in Memphis; funeral arrangements have been made; donations are being sought by family to cover funeral expenses


Hailed as one of the last Mississippi Delta street musicians and a favorite of visiting tourists from around the world, Foster Wiley a.k.a. “Mr Tater, The Music Maker” passed away early Friday morning, September 10, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis — according to his brothers Joshua and Joe Wiley. Foster Wiley had been in the Intensive Care Unit for over a week with kidney and other issues.


Affectionately called “Mr. Tater” by his fans, Foster Wiley was known for his daily street performances in downtown Clarksdale as well as his late night jams at blues venues like Ground Zero Blues Club, Red’s Lounge and Club 2000. His name or image often appeared in both national and international media circles, including such iconic news outlets as The New York Times, BBC, CNN, CBS and NPR. He was a regular act at local blues festivals, recorded approximately a dozen albums and was featured in a handful of documentaries.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS (per Joshua and Joe Wiley)


Monday, September 13, 2010

2pm – 6pm

Woolf Funeral Home

761 Mckinley St.

Clarksdale, MS 38614

662-624-2025 / 662-624-2522 (more info)

Wilbert D. Phillips, funeral director


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Pilgrim’s Rest Church

Directions: From 161 North State Street (headed away from “Crossroads” marker and toward Kroger), turn left on New Africa Road (by the McDonalds) going toward Roundaway. Drive approximately “3-4 miles to old church on right” (painted white).


Per the family, please mail checks in Mr. Tater’s brother’s name, “Joshua Wiley”; he is temporarily covering the funeral expenses:

Joshua Wiley

4123 Farmview Dr.

Nashville, TN 37218

615-498-0244 / 615-876-9449 (questions)


See more about Mr. Tater on Myspace and Facebook. His friend Will Dawson set up pages for him there. Also, search Youtube for a variety of video performances.


We will all miss Mr. Tater. Besides being a dedicated musician, he was a good friend to many and always ready with a big smile. Clarksdale will never be the same. RIP.


Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art • 252 Delta Avenue • Clarksdale • MS • 38614

Jim Byrnes Journeys Everywhere West on New Blues and Roots CD Coming November 16 From Black Hen Music September 10, 2010

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VANCOUVER, BC – Black Hen Music announces a November 16 release date for Everywhere West, the new CD from multi Juno Award-winning blues and roots musician Jim Byrnes, distributed nationally by Burnside Distribution.

Everywhere West is the fourth collaboration between Byrnes and Black Hen Music label president, musician and producer Steve Dawson, and showcases Jim’s bluesiest sound in many years. The follow-up to his 2008 critically-acclaimed release, My Walking Stick, Everywhere West includes raw and stripped-down takes on classic songs, as well as originals penned by Jim, himself. (more…)