Historic Bradfordville Blues Club: Good Times, Great Music
By Tim Wheeler
On a deeply rutted road in the North Florida woods, the moon shines through a tangled crochet of oaks dripping with Spanish moss. You might think you've stepped back in time. The Bradfordville Blues Club is a pulsing, literally throbbing holdover from the days when bluesmen traveled the "chitlin' circuit" — a string of safe venues from Detroit to the Mississippi Delta during the days of segregation, when African-American performers dodged the Klan, plied the highways and belted out the blues wherever they could. The Bradfordville Blues Club continues to present headliners in the same authentic setting that emerged in the 1930s. The walls are black, the floor concrete. The stage is framed by blinking Christmas lights. The room can pack no more than 50 at seats at small round tables, painted with the lacquered portraits of the greats in the business. This is one of only 10 venues outside Mississippi to be placed on the historic Blues Trail. Radio station WTTL 106.1 out of Tallahassee broadcasts live from the BBC every Saturday night at 10 p.m. Get a plate of fried catfish and a beer and let the decades peel away.