Celebrate the Museum's 35th Year!

April is Muddy Waters Month!
April Events Media Advisory
In celebration of Muddy Waters - the Museum will be hosting
new exhibits, author discussions, book signings, band performances and more during the month of April.
35th Anniversary Events
Be sure to stop by for additional exhibits, special events and celebrations in honor of the Museum's 35th anniversary year.

New Exhibit: "In the Belly of the Blues"
The Delta Blues Museum unveiled its latest exhibit "In the Belly of the Blues" on April 3, 2014. The opening activities featured special guests Heavy Suga and The Sweet Tones; a multi-media presentation and book signing by Terry Abrahamson.

The exhibit will be at the Museum through July 31, 2014.
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Happy Birthday Muddy!
On April 4, 2014 the Museum celebrated Muddy Waters birthday with cake and special events. We hope you stopped by and joined the festivities.

Juke Joint Festival - April 10th-13th
The 11th Annual Juke Joint Festival is almost here! This years festival is Saturday, April 12, 2014 with events starting Friday, April 10th and running through Sunday, April 13th. Be sure to stop by the Museum while visiting the festival!
Juke Joint Festival DBM Media Advisory

Museum Board of Trustees Meeting
The Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Sunflower River Blues Association Meeting
The Sunflower River Blues Association April meetings will be held on Monday, April 14th and April 28th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

It's that time again...the Delta Blues Museum Summer Hours began Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Museum will be open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will be in effect through October 31, 2014.

2014 Grammy Winners -
Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper

Congratulations! to Charlie Musselwhite & Ben Harper for winning the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for their album "Get Up!". Their music film "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone: The Making Of Get Up!" was nominated in the Best Music Film category. Read More

Sunflower Congratulates Former Headliners on Their Grammy nominations
The Sunflower River Blues Association congratulates former headliners Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and Robert Plant on their 2014 Grammy nominations, announce... Read More

Limited Edition of Cathead Vodka to Benefit Deeper Roots Campaign
The Delta Blues Museum is partnering with Cathead Vodka, Mississippi's first legal distillery, on a new, limited edition series that will directly benefit the Museum's Deeper Roots campaign.
DBM Press Release

Flute of Culture - February 11, 2014
The Delta Blues Museum hosted a Greek bagpipe exhibition and workshop presented by Flute of Culture, to benefit the "One Stone" Tower Raising Campaign. The two-hour presentation began with... Read More Download Flyer

Delta Blues Museum Accepts 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Museum Director Shelley Ritter and community member Travis Calvin accepted the National Medal in a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
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DBM Band CD Released October 9, 2013
The DBM Band released its second CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. II" at Ground Zero Blues Club on Wednesday, October 9th The CD features blues artists Kenny Brown and Bill Abel as special guests. The CD can be purchased in the Museum Gift Shop for $10 with proceeds benefiting the Museum's Arts & Education program. E-Vite

New Exhibit - "26 Years of Sunflower"
Be sure to stop by and check out the Museum's newest exhibit "26 Years of Sunflower". The exhibit was unveiled during this years Sunflower Festival.

Sunflower Festival Chronology Section
Be sure to check out our new section dedicated to the Sunflower Festival. This chronological section will link you to 26 years of festival information, since the beginning in 1988. Read More

Help us celebrate 26 years of the Sunflower Blues Festival!
By adding your pictures and comments to our new Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate 26 years of great music and fun. Learn More

Teachin' the Blues: Richard Crisman aka "Daddy Rich," A&E Program Instructor
We caught up "Daddy Rich" on his way out of the DBM classroom, where he teaches in our Arts and Education Program, to talk a bit about his musical background and his work with the students to keep blues culture alive and jammin.' Read More

Five Innovative Museums
By Linda Zavoral, mercurynews.com
If your vacation plans include a U.S. trip, check out this list of stellar museums. This month, first lady Michelle Obama honored these five with the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services for their innovation and outreach...Read More

Delta Blues Museum Receives MAC Grant
The Delta Blues Museum is set to receive a $27,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27M in grants that the Commission will award in...
DBM Press Release

Delta Blues Museum Selected as Finalist for NAHYP Award
The Delta Blues Museum's Arts & Education Program has been chosen for recognition as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP)...Read More
DBM Press Release

Driving the Juke Joint Trail
By Alex Crevar, New York Times
The next day, evidence of Clarksdale’s singular focus was everywhere. At one end of town, on the grassy front quad of the Delta Blues Museum, teenagers, college students and families lounged in the sun and listened to live bands. In the town’s center...Read More

DBM Receives Blues Trail Marker
The unveiling of the Museum's Blues Trail Marker took place April 11, 2013. A reception with music by the DBM Band followed the unveiling.

Delta Blues Museum Stage Renamed in Honor of Melville C. Tillis, Sr.
On March 11, 2013, in honor of Melville Tillis, Sr., Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum Stage has been renamed to the Melville Charles Tillis Sr Delta Blues Stage. Melville passed away...
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Delta Blues Museum Director Shelley Ritter Honored by The Blues Foundation
The DBM family and friends are proud to announce that The Blues Foundation has chosen Museum Director Shelley Ritter as the recipient of the 2013 KBA award for her work in the Historical preservation and documentation of the Blues. We are also proud of fellow ...Read More

Delta Blues Museum Wins "Delta Best" Award
The Delta Blues Museum was awarded with this year's "Delta Best" award for outstanding contributions to Tourism in the Delta by...Read More

NEW! - DBM Artist Spotlight - Arthneice Jones
Born in 1946 in Glendora, Mississippi, and raised in Coahoma County, Gas Man's career as a harmonica player and songwriter was shaped by the late Johnnie Billington, who taught Arthneice as well as Arthneice's own band mates and other local legends through his work as a music instructor in Lambert and later for the Delta Blues Education Program. Arthneice fronted The Stone Gas Band - for many years... Read More

DBM Artist Spotlight - Muddy Waters
On what would have been his 100th birthday, the Delta Blues Museum proudly pays tribute to McKinley Morganfield-better known as the legendary Muddy Waters. One of the most powerful forces behind American music, Muddy was... Read More

See all the DBM Artist Spotlights
Each month the Museum posts a new article spotlighting the career of various Blues Artists.
To see our additional Artist Spotlights Click Here

Clarksdale Film Festival - Jan 23rd - 26th
Clarksdale's 4th Annual Clarksdale Film Festival was held January 23 - 26, 2014. We hope you were able to stop by and check it out.

Johnny Lewis - RIP – October, 2013
The Delta Blues Museum is greatly saddened by the passing of former board member Johnny Lewis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Lewis' family and friends, and we will miss him very much.

26th Annual Sunflower Festival
This years Sunflower Festival included performances by the DBM Band, headliner Bobby Rush; with special events at the Museum and Ground Zero Blues Club honoring the late Arthneice "Gas Man" Jones; the opening of the new museum exhibit "26 Years of Sunflower" and much more. Read More

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "Get Up"
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite have been garnering a lot of press lately with their recently released CD "Get Up". In January, 2013 they performed on... Read More


Muddy Waters Cabin from
Stovall Farms

The remains of the cabin from Stovall Farms where Muddy Waters lived during his days as a sharecropper and tractor driver are displayed in the gallery.
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Muddy Waters Guitar
Made from a plank of wood from Muddy
Waters' Cabin and used on tour
by ZZ Top.

On view at the Delta Blues Museum

Custom Engraved Blues Bricks
Order Yours Today!

Show your support of the Delta Blues Museum by purchasing a custom engraved blues brick which will be used to complete the new Muddy Waters Addition.
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Follow Robert Johnson
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson.

Explore the New World
Click here to learn about Clarksdale's way of life and much more since its founding in 1839.

Follow Muddy
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.

Follow Son House
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Son House.

Follow Charlie Musselwhite
Click here to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Charlie Musselwhite.

Son House Retrospective
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened
June, 2011 Read More

Give my Poor Heart Ease
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
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Ike Turner & Rocket 88
Delta Blues Museum exhibit opened
August, 2010 Read More

Museum Hours

Summer Hours
(March - October )
Monday - Saturday
9 AM - 5 PM

Winter Hours
(November - February)
Monday - Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM

1 Blues Alley
PO Box 459
Clarksdale, MS 38614



For more information on the Delta Blues Museum, including exhibits, collections and driving directions, Click Here to download our brochure.

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Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees
Jim Herring, President
Tom Jones
Yvonne Stanford, Secretary
Jon Levingston
Regular meetings of the Delta Blues Museum Board of Trustees are held the second Tuesday of every month at
6:00 p.m. in the Delta Blues Museum classroom.

Gift Shopping at the Delta Blues Museum
Don't forget to check out the Museum's on-line store for gifts that can be given in celebration of any occassion! We have something for everyone that loves Blues Music, the Delta, and the Museum. So stop by our Gift Shop for CD's, Posters, DVD's, Clothing and more.

Back by Popular Demand - Crossroads Hoodie
The Museum is once again offering the Back to the Crossroads Limited Edition Hoodie. This hoodie is a great gift for everyone! Quantities are limited - so stop by our Gift Shop and order yours today!

New in the Gift Shop • DBM Band CD "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 1". Order your copy today of the Museum's own student band CD featuring artists such as Charlie Musselwhite and more!

Crossroads tees
Probably the one myth about the blues that every blues fan knows the place where bluesmen supposedly sold their sold to the Devil to play well. Highways 61 and 49 cross again on our tees.
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The Great River Road Mississippi River Parkway Commission

Partner Place National Trust for
Historic Preservation

The Delta Blues Museum has become a partnered place with the National Trust for Historic Preservation headquartered in Washington DC. National Trust members to receive discounts when visiting the Museum. www.preservationnation.org

Other Regional Museums
We've put together a list of music museums and others outside of Clarksdale that you may want to add to your itinerary as you plan your visit to Clarksdale. See Them Now!

NorthStar News & Analysis -
The Voice of Today's Black Man

DBM Band CD Release
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Volume II"
Released in October, 2013:
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 2"
The second CD featuring the museum's own student band.
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The Delta Blues Museum's Web site, www.deltabluesmuseum.org,was awarded a "gold" certification in the Corporate Design, small budget, multimedia category, by the Southeastern Museums Conference at their annual meeting, held in Charleston, West Virginia. Read More

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

You can find the Delta Blues Museum in the "Blues Highway, Clarksdale, MS" chapter of the publication "1,000 Places to See Before You Die", by the author Patricia Schultz.
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Mississippi Blues Marker Trail Schedule of Events
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ceremony dates along both the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country Music Trail. More Info

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Visitors to the Delta Blues Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.

Exceptions to this policy can be made at the sole discretion of Museum staff and might include:
special events; scholars who have made arrangements in advance of their visits; and credentialed members of the press.

For more information or questions about this policy, please contact the museum at (662)-627-6820 info@deltabluesmuseum.org

Museum Hours
1 Blues Alley - Clarksdale, MS 38614 - 662-627-6820
Current Hours - Monday thru Saturday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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