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. 

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 […]

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 […]

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A small blues museum honoring the Mid Mississippi Delta bluesmen striving to educate the public on the their contributions to music all over the world. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Jerry Lee Lewis is widely known as a pioneer of rock ’n’ roll, but country music was always at the core of his music-making. A native of Ferriday, Louisiana, Jerry Lee Lewis started his musical career in nearby Natchez, and […]

Dockery Farms

Cleveland, MS

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Dockery Plantation was a 25,600-acre cotton plantation and sawmill in Dockery, Mississippi, on the Sunflower River between Ruleville and Cleveland, Mississippi. It is widely regarded as the place where Delta blues music was born. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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The place to meet, eat and have fun for the whole family! Live music on Thursday, Friday and sometimes Saturday nights. Enjoy country music, eat good food and meet many new friends. […]

Brandon Amphitheater

Brandon, MS

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The Brandon Amphitheater is located between two interchanges along Interstate 20 near downtown Brandon, and is just 237 miles from Memphis, 197 miles from New Orleans, 229 miles from Shreveport, and 226 miles from Birmingham. The Brandon Amphitheater is the […]