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 with lots of historical landmarks and trails, music festivals, concert venues, and more.

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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The Jimmie Rodgers Museum showcases the legacy of the “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, including his music career as well as his timeless treasures and original memorabilia. Private tours are available throughout the week by appointment. […]

Blue Biscuit

Blue Biscuit

Indianola, MS

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The Blue Biscuit in Indianola is a popular blues club and restaurant known for hosting live blues performances. Located across from BB King’s Blues Museum, it offers a combination of Southern-style food and authentic blues music, drawing both local and […]

Blue Front Cafe

Blue Front Cafe

Bentonia, MS

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Located in Bentonia, the Blue Front Cafe has been a cornerstone of the blues scene since its opening in 1948. As the oldest juke joint in the state, it’s a testament to the enduring legacy of Mississippi blues. Owned by […]

Bluesville

Bluesville

Tunica, MS

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Bluesville Showcase Nightclub at Horseshoe Tunica stands as a premier entertainment venue, featuring a 1,475-seat auditorium where music enthusiasts can experience live performances. With a diverse lineup spanning across genres like country, rock, pop, and blues, Bluesville offers a memorable […]