Sam Carr, Helena, AR, 1995

Mississippi blues drummer Sam Carr plays with harmonica legend Frank Frost at Edy Mae’s cafe in Helena, AR. during the weekend of the annual King Biscuit Blues Festival held every October. Carr, son of the late slide guitar genius Robert Nighthawk, is the acknowledged living master of a drum style known as the “Mississippi shuffle.” Carr spent most of his working life driving cotton harvesters on Delta plantations, and has played music with most of the notable blues men travelling through Helena, Ark, and the North Mississippi Delta including Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, Robert Jr. Lockwood and numerous others. Since the late 1950’s he has periodically recorded and performed with Frank Frost and guitaritst Big Jack Johnson as “The Jelly Roll Kings,” named after a song Frank Frost cut for Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun records. Now retired, Carr’s steady hand is still in high demand by any front man who wants to capture an authentic Mississippi feel with his music.