April 17, 2014
COMO, Miss. (AP) — Bluesman Napolian Strickland, who excelled on the homemade cane fife and the one-string “diddley bow,” will be honored Saturday with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on North Main Street in Como.
Strickland was also proficient on the harmonica, guitar and various percussion instruments.
Strickland’s music was the highlight of fife and drum picnics in the Mississippi hill country. He was featured in several documentaries and recording projects. He began recording in 1967.
Strickland, whose first name has been spelled different ways over the years, was born in the Gravel Springs community near Como in 1924. He died in Senatobia in 2001. The town of Como has held several events in his honor over the years.
Blues Trail, http://www.msbluestrail.org