This is THE place!

Bradfordville Blues Club
7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee FL 32309
Historical background: The club sits on a couple of hundred acres owned by the Henry family since the early 1900’s. The Henrys are descendants of slaves and local indigenous people (Indians, some would call them). The property has been passed down though the generations. The grounds served as a community gathering place. From the 1930s through the 1980s, a Black baseball team, The CC Saints, played there. The backstop is still there, but is pretty worn. Thousands of people would gather for the games. Many stayed overnight for the next day’s game. The Saints would play teams from other juke joints in the area.
Before, during and after the games, as well as during the week, folks gathered around a bonfire that has burned in the same spot for over 100 years. We still burn the fire every night the club is open. Sometimes, the family members build a fire during the nights and set and chat a spell.
Old timers tell of musicians who would gather ‘round the bonfire and play music and make merry throughout the night on their guitars, juice harps, saw blades and various drums. These sessions date at least back to the 1930’s. Blues, gospel, field hollerin’ and rhythms would fill the air, partially fueled by homemade “buck” and wine, and other spirits.
Depending on who you talk to and how much of the demon rum they have consumed, there are stories of a wooden building where the locals sold their wares (vegetables, corn, sugar cane, pigs, cows, etc) during the day and played music at night. One of the old timers tells of an upright piano sittin’ in the shack, out of tune, but still gud’nuff to play some barrel-house.
Around 1963, the locals constructed the building that houses the club. It sits on a concrete slab, has cinder block walls, plaster ceiling and all the hallmarks of weekends spent building the place (floor is uneven, plumbing is not plumb, electrical wiring that looks more like a bird’s nest). Inez Henry, now 89 and living in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s, ran the club. She said that she used to hire bands from all over the place but could not remember any of them except one named “Tommy.” She has no records, no pictures, no posters, no calendars. Blues was the mainstay. Inez gave up running the club in the 1980s. For a time, it served as a watering hole with juke boxes and DJ spinning records. It fell on hard times with the crack epidemic, and Inez and her brother, Allen, closed the club.
The More Recent History: About 1992, Tallahassee resident Dave Claytor, reopened the club bad called it Dave’s CC Club (the “CC”, as in CC Saints, is a story in an of itself). I heard about the club and set out to find it. After traveling many dirt roads trying to locate the place, I finally came upon this concrete bunker sitting on top of a hill, surrounded by moss dripping oak trees with a bonfire off to the side. It looked foreboding (still does).
When I stepped inside, I knew I had found Nirvana: a small, one room cinder block building with a stage in one of the corners. At the time, there was a guitarist playing the Blues to Dave, his wife and me. Fortunately, the club was only five minutes from my house and it became my hangout.
Back in my pre-lawyer days, I played in bands and was a big fan of the blues (circa 1966) I was fortunate that I got to see many of the masters before they passed, and the music stuck to my like grits to ribs. However, became a lawyer in 1981 and my playing days were over. However, Dave’s CC Club rekindled the Blues in my soul. Before long my wife, Kim, and I began helping Dave run the club and organize blues festivals. During a 10 year period, Dave brought in many great acts: Jimmy Rogers, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Rush, Henry Gray and many more. I couldn’t believe that this place was right around the corner from me.
Unfortunately, Dave couldn’t keep the club going, and it closed in December 2001. Kim and I knew we couldn’t let such a unique place with such heritage and history become another memory. We had no experience with owning a club and never really thought about it. I’m an attorney and Kim was a nurse; however, we both loved the place and in January, 2002, we bought the assets from Dave and leased the club from Inez and Allen Henry. Because it had closed, the health department gave us a really difficult time getting the necessary permits, but we finally opened the club as the Bradfordville Blues Club in March 2002. We are celebrating our sixth anniversary as I type this.
It was tough at first—we almost closed a couple of times because money ran out, but the Blues gods smiled on us and business picked up. It remains a hobby after six years of operating on weekends only. It has never turned a profit, but at least it pays for itself, most of the time. Kim and I don’t take a salary—can’t afford to—and many of the club’s “irregulars” as we call them, volunteer their time and efforts to help us keep the place going. One guy, Walter Potter, maintains and hosts our website, one couple builds the bonfire, another couple helps at the door and at the bar, and others chip in when we need help. It’s a tight knit Blues family with many regular and very loyal “family” members.
We’ve been quite fortunate to be able to draw that bands that we do—we are small, 110 max, and don’t have a big budget. Bands and agents have worked with us to keep the great music coming.
I do all the booking, primarily through agents, but we also try to give the up and coming acts an opportunity to play. Our customers don’t always recognize the bands we bring in but they know they will hear great music when they come out.
The worst part of running the club is the long hours on weekends (4a.m. is common) and working all week. We don’t get to go out on weekends, but we bring the party to us. Kim and I do not consider the club “work”—it takes a lot of time and effort, but it is worth every minute. We are having the time of our lives meeting the greatest people/musicians in the world as they play the club, plus the fantastic folks who come out every weekend. Gettin’ to eat some of the best fried catfish and mullet this side of the Mississippi ain’t bad either. Some of the family members set up a tent for a fry fish every weekend using an old, secret, family recipe. Blues, bonfires and fried fish out in the woods—yowsa!
As long a folks keep coming, we’ll try to keep the doors open. Our website ( has some pictures of the tabletop and wall hanging portraits that adorn the club. These are done for the club, and each is signed by the artist who played. We’re beginning to run out of space! WE also have a MySpace page at with pictures and comments.

Back to Top






Big City Blues Clubs

Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark - 734-761-1800
Angola, IN
Skip’s Place - 260-665-3922
Atlanta, GA
Blind Willie’s - 404-873-2583
Austin, TX
Baton Rouge, LA
Phil Brady’s - 225-927-3786
Chicago, IL
B.L.U.E.S. – 773-528-1013
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Harlem Ave. Lounge –
Kingston Mines –
Lee’s Unleaded Blues –
Rosa’s Lounge –
Clarksdale, MS
Ground Zero – 662-621-9009
Red’s Lounge
Sarah’s Kitchen –
Cleveland, OH
Fat Fish Blue-216-875-6000
Coco Beach, CA
Beach Shack –
Des Moines, IA
Blues On Grand –
Detroit, MI
Berts Market Place –
Butcher's Inn-Eastern Market
Lager House-Corktown
Your Place Lounge –
Hermosa Beach, CA
Cafe Boogaloo –
Indianapolis, IN
Slippery Noodle
Kansas City, MO
BB’s Lawnside BBQ –
Lafayette, LA
El Sid O’s – 318-239-1959
Lake Worth, FL
The Bamboo Room –
Lincoln, NE
Zoo Bar – 402-435-8754
Los Angeles, CA
Babe’s & Ricky’s –
Memphis, TN
B.B. King’s – 901-527-5464
Rum Boogie – 901-528-0150
Mishawaka, IN
Midway Tavern –
Nashville, TN
B.B. King’s –615-256-2727
The Place –
Bourbon Street Boogie & Blues Bar
New Orleans, LA
Handa Wanda –
Mother-In-Law Lounge –
Maple Leaf – 504-866-9359
The Point Bar –
Tipitina’s – 504-891-8477
New York, NY
B.B. King’s – 212-997-4511
Dinosaur BBQ –
Joe’s Pub – 212-539-8770
Phoenix, AZ
The Rhythm Room –
Prairie Point, MS
Betty’s Place
Rochester, NY
Dinosaur BBQ –
Sacramento, CA
Torch Club – 916-443-2797
San Diego, CA
Humphrey’s – 619-224-3577
San Francisco, CA
Biscuits & Blues –
The Saloon -415-989-7666
San Jose, CA
JJ’s Blues Club –
Santa Monica, CA
Harvelle’s – 310-395-1676
Sherman Oaks, CA
Cozy’s – 818-986-6000
St. Louis, MO
BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups – 314-436-5222
Syracuse, NY
Dinosaur BBQ –
Tampa, FL
Skippers Smokehouse –
Teaneck, NJ
Mexicali Blues –
Windsor, ON
Alibi’s – 519-969-3135