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Trumpet Records
New Exhibit!

Delta Blues Museum is unveiling its newest exhibit on the history of Jackson-based Trumpet Records, focusing on founder Lillian McMurry and the success of Trumpet's many Delta-based artists.
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Panny Mayfield: Live From the Mississippi Delta

The Museum is hosting an exhibit by Panny Mayfield, award-winning journalist and photographer. Live From the Mississippi Delta, features rare images and rich stories spanning decades of the blues scene in the Delta.
Exhibit Opening E-Vite

Joseph A Rosen: Blues Hands
New Exhibit

Featuring photographs from Joseph A. Rosen's 30-plus years of adventure in blues and music photography.
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John Lee Hooker
New Exhibit

The Delta Blues Museum has dedicated August as John Lee Hooker month. In keeping with this new annual tradition, the John Lee Hooker estate has provided the museum with memorabilia relating to this great blues man.
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Sponsored by: Shack Up Inn, Kroger, MAC, and Friends of the Delta Blues Museum

Don Nix: Memphis Man Living High, Laying Low
New Exhibit

"Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low" by Don Nix is a memoir of a Memphis music legend who played sax in an instrumental band, the Mar-Keys.
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Anthony Mostrom: Paramount Portraits Drawings from the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. 1 and 2
New Exhibit

Anthony Mostrom: Paramount Portraits, was unveiled on September 24, 2015 at the Delta Blues Museum. Be sure to stop by and view these great drawings!
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"Blue Portraits in Steel"

"Blue Portraits in Steel" featuring works by Scott Cawood, was unveiled on June 11, 2015 at the Delta Blues Museum. Be sure to stop by and view these great sculptures!
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"In the Belly of the Blues": Terry Abrahamson

"In the Belly of the Blues" photography exhibit is compiled from Abrahamson's book, which is part of the permanent collection of the Library of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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"Gone but not Forgotten": Billy Johnson

"Gone but not Forgotten" photography exhibit is curated by Delta historian and photographer Billy Johnson, and features color photography highlighting Delta Blues artists who left behind more than memories.
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Pictured Here: "T-Model Ford and Paul "Wine" Jones
Sponsored by: Mississippi Arts Commission, Covenant Bank, WADE Incorporated, Oxbow, Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Hunter Paper, and Friends of the Delta Blues Museum

True Delta

True Delta is a cinematic snapshot of the blues tradition in and around Clarksdale. The "True Delta" photography exhibit at Delta Blues Museum, feature photographs by Michael Scanlan taken from the film.
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Sunflower Festival

An exhibit for the Museum was created in 2012 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, with more items being added to the exhibit with every year that follows.
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To compliment this exhibit, we have a Sunflower Chronology section dedicated to the festival on our web site. Your comments and/or photographs can be added to the Sunflower Chronology for the festival year(s) of your choice. To visit the Sunflower Festival Chronology Click Here

Son House: A Retrospective

As part of on-going museum celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Robert Johnson's birth, a new exhibit focusing on Son House was unveiled June 23, 2011.
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Mississippi: State of the Blues

A new Museum exhibit of photographs by noted Mississippi photographer Ken Murphy, taken from the book of the same name, was unveiled in April, 2011.
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Ike Turner and Rocket 88

A new Museum exhibit, was unveiled during the 23rd Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, which featured special programs on the Clarksdale native and the "first" rock 'n' roll record.
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Blues, Booze & BBQ

The Delta Blues Museum unveiled a new exhibit on March 4, 2010 featuring Michael Loyd Young's first book "Blues, Booze & BBQ". Michael's book chronicles 150 miles of famed Highway 61. Clarksdale, MS sits at the heart of Highway 61 and 49, which is also the location of Robert Johnson's famed "Cross Road Blues".
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William Ferris - Give My Poor Heart Ease

The Delta Blues Museum invites the public to visit our newest exhibit "Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues" featuring a collection of prints from folklorist William Ferris's new book of the same name.
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Sam Cooke Weekend Proclaimed

August 7-9, 2009 has been declared Sam Cooke Weekend during the 22nd annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival by the Clarksdale Board of Mayor and City Commissioners at Monday's board meeting.
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Pictured Here: "T-Model Ford", one of the many music artists playing at the festival
Big Brock's "Blues Bus" Hits Highway to Mississippi Delta

Clarksdale, MS (7/29/09) -- 50 years after St. Louis-based bluesman Big George Brock left a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta, the stage is set for a big return via an old-school 'blues bus.'
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Notes from the Mississippi Delta - Photographs by Nathan Miller

On Tuesday, July 14th, the Delta Blues Museum invited the public to attend the opening reception for Notes from the Mississippi Delta -- featuring photographs by Nathan Miller.
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Charlie Musselwhite

Reception sponsored by Coahoma Community College and Friends of the Delta Blues Museum exhibit sponsored by Friends of the Rock River Foundation Delta Blues Museum and the Mississippi Arts Commission
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Bringing Back a Good One - LeRoy Falconi, Jr., AKA "The Blues Dog"
TheDay - New London,CT,USA

Falconi's work has taken him across the country, especially the South and Clarksdale, Miss., the crossroads and the home of the Delta Blues Museum.
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CCC to Host Legendary Blind Boys of Alabama in Free Concert April 24th, Preservation Hall Jazz Band also to Perform

Clarksdale‐ The hometown of gospel/soul celebrity Sam Cooke is gearing up to host musicians of similar international ranking when the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform Friday, April 24, here at Coahoma Community College....
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Coahoma to Celebrate 60th Anniversary with Exceptional Events Opening March 30th

Lee Williams, Jackson Southernaires to perform Clarksdale - The celebration of Coahoma Community College's 60th anniversary as an educational leader in north Mississippi promises a week of...
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Mississippi Delta Blues Announces Movie Screening and CD Release Parties For January 26, 2009

Screening of "The Way of War" movie and Double Feature CD release party featuring Mississippi Musicians Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry - Abbeville, MS and Dr. Alphonso Sanders, Cleveland, Mississippi...
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