Discover The Origins of America’s Music – The Blues
Whether you’re a current resident or planning a trip to Mississippi, the countless historical blues sites scattered throughout the state are not to be missed. From history buffs to die-hard blues fans, people flock from all over the world to travel the Mississippi Blues Trail. This iconic attraction is known across America as one of the richest places in the South in terms of heritage and culture. At Visit Mississippi, we know you might not be able to see the entire trail, so here are a few of the best Mississippi blues sites you shouldn’t miss.
Dockery Farms | Cleveland
If you’re planning a trip to the birthplace of the blues, you’ll have to take a trip to what may actually be the birthplace of the blues. It’s hard to know where this unique American musical style first emerged, but the shared exchange of styles and songs at Dockery Farms were essential to how it developed. Charley Patton, “the Father of the Delta Blues,” lived on the farm intermittently over the years and was one of many others who played at this central hub of early blues music.
Delta Blues Museum | Clarksdale
If you’re short on time during your trip to Mississippi, you should make it a point to visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Founded in 1979, it’s the oldest blues museum in Mississippi, earning it a rightful spot on the trail. This is Clarksdale’s largest tourist attraction, drawing crowds domestically and from abroad. The world-renowned museum also runs an award-winning after-school program that provides students with the experience they need to start playing the blues on their own.
B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center | Indianola
Perhaps the biggest name in blues there ever will be is Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King. For years, King paved the way for other blues artists, and he secured a legacy that will last forever. With songs like “The Thrill Is Gone,” “3 O’clock Blues,” and “Downhearted,” he has left a lasting influence on the blues genre and the music industry at large. The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is where the life and music of the renowned musician is shared along with the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta.
Robert Johnson’s Grave | Greenwood
Most everyone has heard the legend of Robert Johnson, who pledged his soul to the devil in exchange for mastery of the guitar and, in return, became one of the greatest blues musicians in history. He died at the age of 27 under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind only 29 songs. What’s even more mysterious is where exactly he was buried. The only hint we have comes from stories told by someone who supposedly saw Johnson being buried by a member of Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church. His Mississippi Blues Trail marker reads, “He is thought to be buried in this graveyard,” but to this day, no one knows for sure.
Mississippi Blues Trail 200 Spotify Playlist
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For More Information on the Mississippi Blues Trail, Contact Visit Mississippi
While the Mississippi Blues Trail sites we’ve mentioned draw some of the largest crowds, there are countless stops along the way, and each is rich in history and culture. Whether you’re a native to the state or just passing through, Visit Mississippi can point you to the nearest Mississippi blues sites and other music attractions to make your experience a memorable one. For more information or help with planning your stay, contact us today.