History of the Blues
People say the blues was born in Mississippi, traveled to Memphis in its youth and grew up in Chicago, but the truth is - the blues never left home. If you've never heard the Mississippi blues, you've never heard the real thing. The unique Mississippi art form of the blues has long been recognized as the foundation for many of today's musical styles.
The Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon honors musicians who have made history over the years, as well as those who continue to shape the sound of the blues today. Check out the links below for more information about the Mississippi blues.
Explore the Mississippi Blues Trail to see first-hand how the Blues lived and grew throughout the state.
The Delta Blues Museum offers a tremendous history of the blues and its Mississippi roots. Nestled in the heart of Clarksdale, Mississippi, the museum is a destination point for blues musicians and fans alike. Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival in April offers another great Delta blues experience for visitors with culturally-connected live blues and authentic juke joints.
Read more about Robert Johnson, a Mississippi son long recognized as the most influential early blues musician.
The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in Indianola, Mississippi on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville. The Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus.
Make plans to sample Mississippi Blues at its best during the famous Delta Blues and Heritage Festival , held each year in Greenville, Mississippi.
We can't help but brag… There's more to Mississippi music than the blues. Check out the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame to explore the talented, influential Mississippi musicians in many genres. You may be surprised by who you find!
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