Music in Mississippi

Visitors come to Mississippi from around the world to enjoy our excellent cuisine, southern hospitality, and magnificent music. Whether you’re looking to dive deep into blues music history or add live entertainment to your vacation itinerary, Mississippi speaks to generations of music lovers. Visit Mississippi can help you find ways to enjoy the historical landmarks, fun festivals, and up-and-coming musical acts during your stay.

Deeply intertwined in the fabric of Mississippi’s past are the legends of the blues and country music that defined the genres forever. From B.B. King to Charley Pride, the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail plot courses for music lovers that span the state and decades throughout history.  

Take a Journey Through Music History

Deeply intertwined in the fabric of Mississippi’s past are the legends of the blues and country music that defined the genres forever. From B.B. King to Charley Pride, the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail plot courses for music lovers that span the state and decades throughout history.  

Mississippi Blues Trail 

Known as the Birthplace of the Blues, Mississippi is where Sunnyland Slim, B.B. King, and other blues music trailblazers called home. Each mile marker and museum along the trail share an important piece of blues history, while seasonal festivals and special events enhance your journey along the way. 

Mississippi Country Music Trail 

Watch country music history unfold before your eyes. Organized by region, the Mississippi Country Music Trail lets you learn more about the roots of country music and the influences that have contributed to the sounds of country music as we know it today. Whether you prefer to reminisce about old favorites or learn more about modern musicians, this trail offers something for everyone. 

Musical Hot Spots

Whether you’re on a road trip with the family or embarking on a weekend escape away from the grind, the Magnolia State has much to offer music lovers and history buffs. While plotting out your itinerary, make time for memorable stops along the way. Here are some popular locations that are sure to help your vacation hit all the right notes: 

  • GRAMMY Museum 
  • B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center 
  • Delta Blues Museum 
  • Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience 
  • Ole Miss Blues Archive 
  • The Lewis Ranch, Home of Jerry Lee Lewis 
  • Maywood Music House 
  • Elvis Presley’s Birthplace 

If you prefer hard-rocking anthems played digitally or soulful blues on vinyl, these points of interest allow you to travel through history and soak up the sounds of the region. 

Plan Your Vacation Around Our Events Calendar

In Mississippi, dinner and live music are never too far away. While taking in the downtown scene near your hotel or bed and breakfast, make time to catch a live show. Pair southern downhome cooking and live music at an intimate venue in town or score tickets to see your favorite performer live in concert. Many names grace local stages on a regular basis. Plus, seasonal festivals and special events will often bring big names in the music industry to the state. Check out our events calendar to see who’s headlining during your stay. 

Experience Mississippi Music for Yourself

Whether you’re into blues, rock, gospel, or country, Mississippi is home to some of the greatest musicians and bands of all time. Let Visit Mississippi help your find the best tunes in town. Request a tour guide or use our trip planner to get started. For more information, reach out to us today. 

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The GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is an interactive museum located in Cleveland, Mississippi, United States, focused on the continuing musical achievements of Mississippians. The museum opened on March 5, 2016. Mississippi is known around the world as the “Birthplace of America’s […]

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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 […]

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A creative genius who lived fast and died young, Robert Johnson has continued to influence generations of musicians across a wide spectrum of genres. Legends from Robert Plant to Bonnie Raitt have studied and imitated the guitar skills and vocal […]

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 […]

Ground Zero Blues Club

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Local blues bands, Southern eats & booze in down home club co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman. […]

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 […]

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At the Bottleneck Blues Bar, giant crystal chandeliers dangle from the black ceiling, while across the way, the bar stools and tables are rimmed with bottle caps and one look at the ‘junk wall’ explains why it’s become famous, with […]

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Beechwood Restaurant offers family-friendly dining, a full bar, and live entertainment. Beechwood is a Vicksburg staple and has been around since 1956. Their Southern family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. All dishes are prepared using fresh […]

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Overlooking the scenic mighty Mississippi River, the historically rustic and vintage brick building now hosts the charming venue. It’s rich with the history of the namesake and downtown Vicksburg while overflowing with character. All of the delicious items on the […]

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A uniquely Southern Restaurant in a former two bay gas station. Come taste why the Klondyke is voted Vicksburg’s Best Hamburger, Best Catfish, Best Steak, Best Lunch and Best Everything year after year after year. […]

The Killer’s, Jerry Lee Lewis’, home is referred to as “The Lewis Ranch” – a popular draw for visitors. The Lewis Ranch invites small group tours, which creates an intimate, unrushed experience with a behind the scenes look at Jerry […]

Circle G Ranch is a 231-acre tract, of which 163 acres is most notable for being once owned by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla. This is where they spent their honeymoon in 1967 when they returned from Las Vegas. Located […]