Make your first stop in Tunica the all-new Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center, located at the entrance of the Tunica Resort area along U.S. Highway 61. This new center, housed in an original 1895 train depot, is your exclusive source for up-to-the-minute information about Tunica. Its friendly staff is ready to assist you with directions, hotel in...
Ewing Hall Delta State University
The "life casts" are exact replicas of blues musicians faces, created using damp gauze and plaster. The results are astonishing, three-dimensional images of the facial structure of the musicians. This collection features 55 life casts of a disappearing generation of blues performers.
Berclair (Leflore County),
The long and remarkable life of B. B. King began near this site, where he was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925. His parents, Albert and Nora Ella King, were sharecropers who lived in a simple home southeast of here along Bear Creek. After his parents separated when he was four, King lived in Kilmichael and Lexington before moving as a tee...
The B.B. King Museum is a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which uses the life story of world renowned blues artist, and native son, Riley (B.B.) King, as a framework to tell about the Mississippi Delta region and the origins and influence of blues music. Centered around the last standing brick cotton gin in Mississippi, the Museum uses...
Corner of Church St. and Second St.
"Like a good fishing hole" is the way B.B. King described this spot where he played blues to passersby early in his career. Located on the corner of Church and Second streets and across from the historic Sunflower County Courthouse, this location attracted an audience that would encourage the career of one of America's most influential musicians.
Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter "Shakey Horton" was born in Horn Lake, moved to Memphis as a child and then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late 1950's. A quiet, unassuming, and essentially shy man, Horton is remembered as one of the most influential harmonica players in the history of blues. His career...
107 East Railroad Ave
Founded in 1948, the Blue Front Café offers live Delta blues including the unique Bentonia-style, the genre of such Blues greats as Skip James, Jack Owens and Bud Spires. Also the site of the annual Bentonia Blues Festival, held on the 3rd Saturday each June in Bentonia. For a live entertainment schedule contact Jimmy "Duck" Holm...
Take the backroads. Start your tour from Cleveland. Take a guided driving tour of the 13 Mississippi Blues Trail Markers throughout Bolivar County. Experience the history of where the roots of American Music took shape.
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The Mississippi Blues Trail Markers tell stories through words and images of bluesmen and womena nd how the places where they lived and the times in which they existed- and continue to exist- influenced their music. The sites run the gamut from city streets to cotton fields, train depots to cemeteries, and clubs to churches. We have a lot to share,...
The Mississippi Delta, and particularly Cleveland, is rich in visual and performing arts. At the center of the lively entertainment scene is the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University, which attracts nationally acclaimed shows from Blues to Broadway. The Wright Art Center Gallery, also on the Delta State Campus, features rot...