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 tells the stories of the names and places that shaped the genre throughout history. At Visit Mississippi, we can help you find notable markers, influential locations, and museums to explore during your stay.

Local Landmarks and Attractions

The Mississippi Blues Trail is made up of a series of markers throughout the state. Each one 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. Take a trip through Mississippi’s blues history by visiting such notable locations as:

  • Freedom Village (Delta)
  • 100 Men Hall (Coast)
  • Ace Records (Capital/River)
  • Aberdeen Mississippi Blues marker (Hills)
  • Peavey Electronics (Pines)

Through interesting facts, landmarks, and memorabilia that span decades, travelers of all ages can gain a new appreciation for the music that was born in the American South.

Learn About Mississippi Blues Legends

In addition to the markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail, visitors can dig deep into the genre by visiting museums and other significant attractions throughout the state. Interactive exhibits connect music and history at the museums, homes, and cultural attractions that offer an in-depth view of the rise of America’s Music. Here are some of the places that have inspired, and continue to inspire, blues buffs and music lovers from around the world:

  • B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
  • Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center
  • Delta Blues Museum
  • Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum
  • Jimmy Rodgers Museum
  • Robert Johnson Heritage and Blues Museum
  • GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Learn more about the music of the American South during your stay. Whether you’re educating a few budding blues fans or reliving the musical memories of your youth, Mississippi can help ensure your trip hits all the right notes.

Experience Southern Blues Culture Live

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.

Score tickets to a performance during your stay or plan your visit around one of the state’s many music festivals. Blues festivals are where thousands of fans from across the country gather to enjoy delicious food, amazing scenic locations, and even better music. From intimate venues with fresh faces in the industry to headliners at the casinos and amphitheaters, our calendar of entertainment can help you find blues performances that are sure to move you.
Plan Your Trip Through The Mississippi Blues Trail

Relive the journey of one of the most influential musical genres of all time. At Visit Mississippi, we can help you navigate your way through the history of America’s music. Refer to our tour guide to get started and use our online trip planner to mark points of interest. For more information on blues history and special events, contact us today.

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The Gateway to the Blues Museum and Visitors Center on Highway 61 is the first place many people see when they roll into Tunica. This rustic train depot, circa 1895, is a must-stop for travelers before and after a visit to […]

Located in the heart of the Delta in Indianola, the B.B. King and Delta Interpretive Center, through exhibits, tells the story of King’s life and music. “The mission of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit […]

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues & Heritage Festival is part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. Since 1991 this festival has featured southern soul, blues, zydeco and gospel acts. Mississippi blues and soul headliners have included Bobby Rush, Theodis Ealey, O.B. Buchana […]

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the North Mississippi and Memphis blues scene for many decades as a producer, vocalist and pianist. Jim Dickinson is best known as the producer of rock artists including Big Star […]

Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time. She received her first guitar in 1905 as a Christmas present and was among the first twenty performers […]

Born in October 1899, Joe Callicott was a Nesbit native who spent his whole life in the area south of Memphis and is regarded as one of Mississippi’s finest early bluesmen. His chief musical associate was Garfield Akers and it […]

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Born in 1874, Gus Cannon was an American blues musician who played the banjo, “played the jug” and who helped to popularize jug bands (such as his own Cannon’s Jug Stompers) in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote and first […]

DeSoto County Museum

Hernando, MS

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The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto […]

Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter “Shakey” Horton was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, moved to Memphis as a child and then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late […]

This Blues Marker honors Hernando musicians Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson and Robert Wilkins who helped establish the mid south area as a major blues center in the 1920’s. Gus Cannon was born in nearby Red Banks in 1883 or 1884 […]

MS Blues Trail Markers

Vicksburg, MS

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The markers tell the stories of blues men and women through words and images, and focus on how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed- and continue to exist influenced their music. Vicksburg is home […]

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Notable African-American musicians born in Ocean Springs include Jaimoe (Johnnie Lee Johnson), a founding member of the Allman Brothers band. In 1995, Jaimoe and the other founding members of the Allman Brothers Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall […]