The Mississippi Blues Trail

Take an unforgettable journey through blues history in Mississippi, a state that many legends of the genre, like B.B. King and Charlie Patton, called home. The Mississippi Blues Trail is made up of a series of markers throughout the state. Each marker tells the story of a significant person or place that helped shape the foundation of the blues. From clubs to cotton fields to cemeteries to train depots, the markers bring the history of the blues alive for both visitors and locals.

After journeying through the past, dive into the music of the present by visiting one of Mississippi’s many juke joints and blues clubs. Musicians bare their hearts and souls on stages across the state, and there’s nothing quite like listening to authentic blues performers in person. Whether you’re drawn to the soulful sounds or expressive lyrics, the blues speaks to generations of fans in a multitude of ways.

For more information, request a tour guide, use our trip planner, check out some of the places to stop, or contact us today to start planning your trip.

A major source of income for blues artists in the first half of the 20th century was tips. This corner, formerly the intersection of Highways 10 and 61, was a profitable spot. […]

The Blue Front Café opened in 1948 under the ownership of Carey and Mary Holmes. In its heyday, the Blue Front was famed for its buffalo fish, blues, and moonshine whiskey. […]

Trumpet Records was the first record company in Mississippi to achieve national stature through its distribution, sales, radio airplay, and promotion. […]

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The blues form reached both artistic and emotional peaks in the works of Otis Rush, who was born south of Philadelphia in Neshoba County in 1935. […]

Between 1953 and 1974, the Vicksburg-based Red Tops entertained legions of dancers with their distinctive mix of blues, jazz, and pop. […]