how you can help the Delta Blues Museum expand new educational
programs and exhibits by participating in the Deeper Roots Campaign
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
Museum Director Shelley Ritter and
community member Travis Calvin accepted the National Medal in
a ceremony at the White House on May 8, 2013. Read
|| DBM's latest
Explore & Learn feature focuses on a timeline of Clarksdale,
from 1839 to present day; covering material such as Clarksdale's
music history, way of life, longstanding families and much
First Lady Michelle Obama to present
the National Award in a live ceremony today at the White House.
Shelley Ritter, Delta Blues Museum’s executive director and community
member Travis Calvin will... Read
DBM has been announced
as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum
and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums
and libraries for service to the... Read
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.
Our latest "From the Archives" speakers
series, Robert Gordon, author of "Can't Be Satisfied", the definitive
Muddy Waters biography, spoke on the life and musical times
of the legendary musician, followed by a book signing.
The Delta Blues Museum Summer Hours
began March 1, 2013. The Museum will be open Monday
through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. These hours will
be in effect through November 1, 2013.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced
the Delta Blues Museum as a National Medal for Museum and Library
Service finalist. The National Medal is the nation's highest
honor conferred on museums and... Read
On April 4, 2013 we celebrated Muddy Waters 100th birthday at
the Museum. Visitors enjoyed cupcakes and toured our newly constructed
Muddy Waters Addition.
The latest media to notice our efforts is the Huffington Post.
In a comprehensive and insightful series of articles, Debra
Devi describes the history and current state of the blues throughout
the Delta and especially in Clarksdale. Devi is the author of
The Language of the Blues, "one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most
fascinating dictionaries ever." Read
The annual Delta Literary Tour visited Clarksdale on March 20,
2013 to experience Clarksdale's blues culture and the related
world of playwright Tennessee Williams. Visitors took a "Clarksdale
Stroll" including a visit to the Museum.
Susan Puckett, author of "Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's
Journey Through the Soul of the South" stopped by to visit
and Museum on March 15, 2013 and signed copies of her book.
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
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
The Delta Blues Museum was awarded
with this year's "Delta Best" award for outstanding contributions
to Tourism in the Delta by...Read
Be sure to check out our new section
dedicated to the Sunflower Festival. This chronological section
will link you to 25 years of festival information, since the
beginning in 1988. Read
By adding your pictures and comments
to our new Sunflower Chronology page you can help us celebrate
over 25 years of great music and fun. Learn
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
An English rock god with the soul
of a bluesman, Robert's voice has helped define rock music in
a career that spans 40 years and counting, but his early inspiration
was drawn from the music of Delta blues musicians like... Read
Each month the Museum posts a new
article spotlighting the career of various Blues Artists.
To see our additional Artist Spotlights Click
The acclaimed North Mississippi AllStars and celebrity entertainer
Bobby Rush will headline the 26th annual Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival in downtown Clarksdale August 9-10-11, 2013.
The Annual Juke Joint Festival is
Saturday, April 13th. There will be music on the DBM Stage all
day, with a performance by the DBM Band at 3:00pm
Melville Tillis, a longtime co-chairman of the Sunflower River
Blues and Gospel Festival, avid supporter of the Delta Blues
Museum, and friend. Tillis co-founded the Sunflower River Gospel
Association with the late Julius Guy, and was...Read
Billington started the Arts and Education program at the Museum,
and went on to found the Delta Blues Education Program. He received
several honors for his work in educating Delta youth, including...Read
Frank "Rat" Ratliff, owner-proprietor of the historic Riverside
Hotel where Bessie Smith died (when the building was a hospital),
and where a "Who's Who of blues musicians have stayed and played,
Magic Slim, a revered and towering figure in the field of traditional
Chicago blues, died today in a Philadelphia hospital at the
age of 75. Born Morris Holt in Torrance, Mississippi in 1937,
the guitarist performer, bandleader, and recording artist went
on to enjoy a career that...Read
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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Made from a plank of wood from Muddy
Waters' Cabin and used on tour
by ZZ Top.
On view at the Delta Blues Museum
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.
to learn about Clarksdale's way of life and much more since its founding in 1839.
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Muddy
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Son
to see the life and times of the legendary bluesman Charlie
Blues Museum exhibit opened
June, 2011 Read
Museum exhibit opened November, 2010
Blues Museum exhibit opened
August, 2010 Read
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!
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.
||The Great River Road Mississippi River
|The Delta Blues Museum has become a partnered
place with the National Trust for Historic Preservation
headquartered in Washington DC.
"From Clarksdale to Kansas City"
The Delta Blues Museum released in
2011 "From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Vol. 1," the first
CD featuring the museum's own student band. Read
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.
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.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming ceremony dates along
both the Mississippi Blues Trail and Mississippi Country