Many Hues of Blues

Mississippi is known as the land where the blues was born, but that’s not our only claim to fame. We are the Birthplace of America’s Music, thanks to the global impact of blues music on genres from rock ‘n’ roll to country and gospel. In Mississippi, you can experience the blues in way that’s authentic and authoritative, thanks to our many music attractions, sites, and live music venues. Hey, hey – the blues isn’t just all right in Mississippi. It’s red hot.

Royal Blues

B.B. King is regarded among music critics and fans alike to be one of the most influential blues performers ever. Throughout his career, King was a tremendous ambassador for the music and for his home state of Mississippi. At the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, you can learn about B.B. King’s life, influences, and impact. And, of course, you can see several of his “Lucille” guitars, his Grammys, and even a recreation of his home studio.

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Deep Blues

Established in 1979, the Delta Blues Museum in Cleveland is the state’s oldest music museum. Permanent exhibits include the core section of a cabin where Muddy Waters lived while working at Stovall Farms; a “Muddywood” guitar made from salvaged wood from the cabin that was donated by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; guitars that belonged to John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and Big Joe Williams; and a piano, shoes, harmonica, and other memorabilia from Charlie Musselwhite.

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Gold and Platinum Blues

When opened in 2016, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi represented the first GRAMMY Museum to be built outside of Los Angeles. While the museum is dedicated to a broad spectrum of Mississippi music, highlighting the disproportionate number of GRAMMY winners from Mississippi, the state’s blues legends are well represented in the museum’s displays and interactive exhibits. Look for information about traveling exhibits and live performances on their website.

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Global Blues

Currently, there are more than 200 historic markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail that are distributed throughout the state – and even in locales from Chicago to Notodden, Norway, that have been impacted by Mississippi’s blues legacy. Highlights include Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, and Robert Johnson’s gravesite in Greenwood.

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