The Blackwater Trio is an Americana, folk, roots and rock band based in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Its members are Seth Stroud (lead vocals, guitar), Walt Busby (lead guitar, vocals) and Alice Hasen (violin, vocals).  With influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to hot club jazz, their original music and artful covers captivate audiences all over the country.

Alice Hasen's "Ghosts in the Water" Drops Friday, October 30 

Alice Hasen's "Ghosts in the Water" Single and Video Drops Friday, October 30 

From recording at Young Avenue Sounds in January to shooting the footage for a music video just weeks ago, Alice has been working on a massive single that is about to jump start your Halloween.  "Ghosts in the Water" is a fun, funky ghost story that takes place on the shores of Moon Lake, Mississippi.  A friend of ours who acted as an extra in the video told me it was "the most fun ghost story I've ever heard."  But don't let the upbeat, dancy tone fool you - the lyrics are full of dark shadows and spooky sights! 

After pulling off Highway 61 with a flat tire, the narrator recounts the tale of a night on Moon Lake, where she encounters terrifying demons on the beat, spirits in the trees and a "daughter of temptation" voodoo child. Halfway through, the song enters an extended jam. The ghostly violin, Hammond organ and fiery electric guitar (played by the Blackwater Trio's own Walt Busby) build a crescendo that is equal parts Allman Brothers and Dave Matthews Band. A Memphis horn section provides a punchy climax. If you are not already in the Halloween spirit, this song will get you all the way there, and then some! 

"Ghosts in the Water" by Alice Hasen goes live on Friday, October 30, accompanied by a music video by Nolan Dean.  You can stream, view and purchase on alicehasen.com and all online music platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. 

Album Art: Stan Street 

Design: Jeremiah Matthews 

Logo: Brandon McAninch & Jeremiah Matthews  

Contributing Musicians: Walt Busby, Jesse Williams, Andrew Geraci, Vinnie Manard, Angela Blair, Marc Franklin, Art Edmaiston and Kirk Smothers 

Recorded at Young Avenue Sounds in Memphis, TN, January 2020.  Mixed by Magic MiC Wilson at Young Avenue Sounds.  Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters.

Otherfest 2018 

Blackwater Trio appears at 8 PM on Saturday, October 6 this year at Otherfest.  We'll have all the forces out with the full band.  So many great acts play both Friday and Saturday, with a big emphasis on their original music.  Be sure not to miss this legendary festival!

JUST ANNOUNCED: New Year's Eve @The Blind Bear in Downtown Memphis 

Blackwater Trio plays a FULL BAND show this New Year's Eve at the Blind Bear! We will take care of you every step of the way, kicking it off at 11 PM and counting down right to the very last seconds of 2017. Then we're gonna Auld Lang Syne that s**t and get back to rockin face in the first moments of 2018! Eric Fowler and Steven Auttonberry join on drums and bass for an unforgettable start to your new year. Make it your resolution to be there!

Frogfest 2018 

Getting pumped up to headline Frogfest 2018 in Leland, MS!  This festival celebrates the town where Jim Henson spent his childhood.  Leland eventually inspired him to create Kermit the Frog and all the other Muppet suspects.  Did anyone else ever see Muppet Treasure Island?  That movie SPOKE TO ME as a kid.  Anyway...

We also have the honor of playing with bassist Steve Auttonberry and drummer Eric Fowler for this show, making it a truly FULL BAND Blackwater Trio experience!  These guys have sharpened their teeth around the Leland area, too, so come get your fill of chili, pumpkin painting (what what!!) and great music.  Josh Journeay opens at 10 AM and Zach Day follows at 11.  Blackwater Trio takes the stage at 12:30 PM.  Be there!


Playing the mainstage tonight at the 35th Annual Octoberfest in Cleveland, MS!  Our set starts at 7 PM, we'll be selling and signing our album immediately afterwards!

Cooper Young Fest! 

So excited to be kicking off 831 S. Cooper's lineup for this year's Cooper Young Festival in Midtown, Memphis!  Last year, I (Alice) bought three beautiful wooden cutting boards and a himalayan salt lamp as gifts.  I live not far from Cooper Young, but I realized my mistake when I put all my goodies into my backpack and started to walk home.  It was killer heavy!  Don't make the same mistake as I did -- support local artists and then just come hang out at 831 S Cooper, where the lineup includes Blackwater Trio at 2 PM, the Tony Manard Band at 3 PM (I'll be a guest fiddler in that one), Devil Train @ 4 PM, and more!

BAR DKDC Tonight! 

Hey everyone!  We're playing at Bar DKDC tonight at 7:30 in the Cooper-Young district of Midtown, Memphis.  Come check us out, show starts at 7:30 PM!

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Previous events

Blackwater Trio returns to Memphis after some time away, sharing a show with local folk/rock duo Oakwalker, at the beautiful Green Room at the Crosstown Concourse! Presented by Crosstown Arts, tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door and can be purchased at crosstownarts.org.

The Deep Roots music project showcases American roots music through live and recorded performances from a selected roster of local musicians. Additional roots music artists from the area will make guest appearances as the Deep Roots project develops. Deep Roots artists have also been featured on the Delta Roots Radio Hour, a weekly radio show sponsored by the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area in partnership with community radio station WDSW. The show is currently preparing for another series of in-studio performances, interviews, and curated playlists of the best in regional and national roots music.

This event will include a concert, food, and drinks each Thursday night for the months of June, July, and August from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge! Music is free! No reservation needed! Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The line-up is as follows:

June 3rd- Tom Barnes Duo July 1st – Blackwater Trio “Deluxe” August 5th – Keys vs Strings

For more information, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org. Press release.

This spring, celebrate Bluebird Happy Hour in The Grove! From 4 PM until 8 PM every Thursday in April, join us for happy hour cocktails on the First Horizon Foundation Plaza. We’ve got live music, a full bar, snacks, and drink specials. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner at one of the restaurants across the street at Thornwood, and, if you bring your receipt from a Thornwood restaurant, you’ll get a free drink! Outdoors, safe, and socially distant. See you there!

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation (SCHF) is thrilled to present the 10th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard”. This event will offer a variety of entertainment through different genres of classic music. Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music and lunch on Fridays from 12:00pm- 1:00pm beginning October 20th and concluding November 10th. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5pm on the Thursday before the event.

These diverse musical styles are a special treat for the Vicksburg community and we hope many will embrace and enjoy the local music and local flavor Vicksburg has to offer. This event has become a much anticipated Vicksburg tradition. There is no better beginning to the fall season than “Classics in the Courtyard”.

This wonderful program is also supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.

For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.