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St. Louis native Barbara Carr coming to Club Mississippi


  • Saturday Jan. 12, 2013 9:00 PM

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St. Louis native Barbara Carr got her start singing like so many soul performers did – in church singing in the choir, before forming a family gospel group. She soon got into singing secular music, forming a popular local group called the Petites, which opened for artists such as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Barbara got her first big break when she auditioned and won the job as a singer in St. Louis legend Oliver Sain’s band, which she held until 1972.

During her time with Oliver Sain’s band, Barbara Carr also secured a solo deal with Chess Records and released several singles for the iconic label (“Don’t Knock Love,” “I Can’t Stop Now,” “Think About It Baby”). When those didn’t sell like she’d hoped, Barbara stopped recording for a time to raise a family. After a short return to Chess in the early ‘70s, Barbara and her husband eventually formed their own label and began releasing a number of singles, mostly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. These resulted in the release of her first album, Good Woman Go Bad, in 1989, as well as several others in the ‘90s on several other labels, including Paula, and a very successful string of singles and albums that followed over the next 10 years on the Ecko label.

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Fall Paddle: Calumet Creek

On a sunny fall day a few weeks ago, I hauled my kayak down to the Corp of Engineer’s Calumet Creek (map) access and went for a paddle. It was a nice quiet solo 3 mile round trip with pretty late fall earth tone browns, dark greens, and many falling dry leaves. I saw just a single bright colored tree left hanging over a bend at the creek.

I started by accessing the creek under the foot bridge and paddling inland crawling over one log jam until the creek became too shallow. I turned around, climbed over the log jam again, and paddled back under the foot bridge.

After a sharp bend and under a leaning tree I passed a set of houses. By the look of it, everyone here knows how to fish. Throughout the bend, I would see groups of turtles slipping into the creek off their log perch or mud bank.

Just past here, I paddled under the highway 79 and railroad bridges, through a bottom-land nature reserve, and finally out to the Mississippi River.

I could see 2 river barges, the Lock and Dam #24, the bluffs just north of Clarksville, and the Illinois side. I took in the view, then captured it to share with you.

After a few minutes, I turned around and paddled back the way I came. Enjoy…

Fall Driving on Country Backroads



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Here are a few routes in and out of Clarksville, Missouri that are bursting with Fall color right now! This weekend is a great weekend to take a road trip for a pit-stop at Clarksville’s Applefest. Next weekend do the same and land in Louisiana, Missouri for their Colorfest weekend!


Colorful Trees of Pike County


Driving a winding country road around sunset is one of my favorite things to do on a clear fall evening. Try some of these country back roads on a road trip to Pike County this weekend and stop in on Clarksville Missouri’s Applefest. Hwy 79 is nice, especially coming from the north. But if you’re driving up from the south or west try one of these alternate routes.


Eagles’ Bluff Golf Course

The Eagles’ Bluff Golf course in Clarksville, Missouri is open for golf 7 days a week. The newly opened back nine struggled against this year’s hot & dry summer. But after the recent late summer rains the course is looking green again for fall.

The course is a full 18 hole, par 72, measuring 6993, 5848, and 4872 yards from the black, white, and red tees respectively. Set on a hillside overlooking the Mississippi River bottom land just south of Clarksville, the course challenges you with 3 water carry holes, plenty of sand traps, and oversized greens.

The clubhouse lounge is open for food service:

  • Friday and Saturday night Dinner from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Sunday Brunch from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM