“I’ve been on Beale Street since 1984 in one way or another. I like the feel, the history, the people. Every day is a new adventure. You never know who is going to walk through that door.”
Tater is the owner of Tater Red's Lucky Mojos and Voodoo Healing, 153 Beale Street.
“I left Memphis 25 years ago, and this is the first time I’ve been back. Me and Memphis wasn’t seeing eye to eye back then. That was before I got saved. Went to Florida after Memphis. I’ve managed gospel bands and had my own home improvement business, but I’m a Baptist minister now. That’s my passion.”
“I attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, but I went to high school here in Memphis, at Manassas. Played in a jazz ensemble. That’s where I started off. They say if you can’t play the blues, you’ll never be able to play jazz.”
“I’m from the country, see? I need to be back there. Baling hay, being outdoors, enjoying the wildlife. I like that. I’ve been here since 1963, but I’m from the country. That’s my home.”
“I’m from here, but I spent eleven years in New Orleans. Got a son there. You may see me around sometimes. I make necklaces with colored rope and shells and glass beads.”
“I play the blues. I taught myself, but some of my mentors were Albert King, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King. Yeah, I played with all of ‘em.”
"My baby going into the Army. He can't wait to get into the training. He in the eleventh grade now."
“It’s cold up in Minnesota and Illinois. Below zero in the wintertime. I rode the Megabus down from Illinois a few months ago, but I’m not staying here. I like traveling.”
“They call me ‘Big Tex’, but not because I’m from Texas. I’m from Mississippi, but I wear a lot of cowboy hats. Ride motorcycles too.”
“If I could give one piece of advice to young kids, I’d say, ‘Stay in school. Your education is important.’”