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2008 News and Events

The Blues Give the Mississippi Delta its Soul

(December 14, 2008)

Has live blues most weekends. Delta Blues Museum: In Clarksdale's restored train depot. Admission is $7. www.deltabluesmuseum.org Rock 'n Roll and Blues. Press Release

Grants to Fund Blues Museum Expansion

(December 4, 2008)

Clarksdale, MS -- The Delta Blues Museum plans a 4,000 square foot expansion to provide space for large exhibits. Museum director Shelly Ritter says $1.8 million in grants have been secured to pay for the expansion. Ritter hopes that bids can be accepted next summer after all architectural drawings are completed and approved. Ritter says the permanent Muddy Water's cabin exhibit is also expected to move into the expansion where it can be erected to its actual height. Right now, the top section of the cabin is not included, as the ceiling height of the museum is too low.

Being Thankful for the Blues

(December 2, 2008)

Larry Liddell I trust your Thanksgiving was a happy occasion surrounded by family and turkey (not necessarily in that order). As usual, we as Americans have more to be thankful for than people from other countries around the world. We have no war being fought on our soil, nor on our continent or any continent close to us. We are the land of plenty and we should be grateful for that. Read More

A Mississippi Blues Tour Finds Plenty, Including Real-Deal Delta Bluesmen

(November 30, 2008)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Via Acquire Media NewsEdge

Greenville, MS -- James "T-Model" Ford was waiting in the afternoon shade of his front yard, sipping Jack Daniel's with a splash from a white plastic cup. Read More

Doris Carr Passes

(November 13, 2008)

Mrs. Doris Carr of Lula, Mississippi passed away on November 13, 2008 at age 80. She is survived by her husband, Sam Carr - the son of slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk and drummer for the world-famous Jelly Roll Kings. In the early days she often traveled with the group performing as a vocalist. Sam and Doris Carr have been together sixty-seven years. Services will be on at noon on Saturday, November 22 at Century Funeral Home in Clarksdale.

"Follow Muddy"

(October 2008)

A new Web section that outlines the life and art of Muddy Waters, has been posted to the Delta Blues Museum's site. It is designed to give a vivid, graphic overview of the essential facts of the blues master's life and musical highlights. Learn about his career as his talent takes him from birth in Rolling Fork, Mississippi to career capstone concerts in London, England. The addition is the first in a series that will chronicle the life and work of major blues figures represented in the Delta Blues Museum. Read More

Pearl River Resort Announces the First Annual Blues at the Moon Music Festival Presented by Ground Zero Blues Club at the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino

(October 6, 2008)

Pearl River Resort, the Southeast's premier luxury gaming and entertainment destination, will host the first annual Blues at The Moon music festival presented by Ground Zero Blues Club.. Read More

Bringing Back a Good One - LeRoy Falconi, Jr., AKA "The Blues Dog"

(October 1, 2008)

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. Read More

Jacqueline Nassar Records at Ardent in Memphis

(August 25, 2008)

Singer/songwriter and musical prodigy Jacqueline Nassar has recorded her debut album at Ardent Studios in Memphis, with producer and engineer Pete Matthews. Read More

You Take the Jam; I'll Take Clarksdale

(August 13, 2008)

I thought for sure that the last time I saw blues great Willie "Pinetop" Perkins would be the last time I'd ever see Willie "Pinetop" Perkins. Press Release

Mississippi Lays Down Markers to Tell the Stories of Native Blues Legends and Events

(June 1, 2008)

The Mississippi Blues Trail is the most ambitious heritage marker project I've seen since the Illinois Department of Transportation put similar postings along Route 66. Press Release

Buoyed by the Blues

(June 1, 2008)

The Delta vibe is upbeat as big names return and little Clarksdale experiences a comeback. Press Release

Eli's Coming: Paperboy Making Headlines as Breakout Soul Star

(May 2008)

Thanks all the same, England, but we've got our own Amy Winehouse. And our version has twice her soul, with none of the crazy. Read More

95 Years of Blues: 'Pinetop' Perkins Comes to Marin

(May 8, 2008)

I THOUGHT FOR SURE that the last time I saw blues great Willie "Pinetop" Perkins would be the last time I'd ever see Willie "Pinetop" Perkins. Press Release

Berklee College of Music to Sponsor Local Teens

(April 2008)

World-Renowned Berklee College of Music Partners with Delta Blues Museum and Robert Johnson Foundation to find local teens for full scholarships to study in Boston this summer. Read More

Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale, MS

(April 19, 2008)

While there's no shortage of different ways to enjoy your eggs at breakfast, for the patrons packed inside Sarah's Kitchen in Clarksdale early on the morning of April 19, their eggs came with a raunchy good helpin' of greasy blues, courtesy of the... Press Release

Clarksdale Teen Receives Scholarship to Berklee Summer Program

(April 2008)

Clarksdale resident Travis Calvin, a member of the Delta Blues Museum's after-school arts and education program, has received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music's five-week Summer Performance Program that will be held July 12-Aug. 15 in Boston. Read More

Photo Exhibit Opens at Blues Museum

(April 15, 2008)

Today, the Delta Blues Museum will present the opening reception of Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe's "The American Delta," featuring her paintings and photography. Press Release

A Juke Joint Festival Journey - On the Road With 71 Year Old Bluesman Arthur Williams

(April 2008)

(April 2008) As a blues lover, tracing the roots of the blues has always drawn thousands south to the Delta. The town of Clarksdale, MS, the places such as Red's, and the Hopson Plantation, all add up to create the "true delta" flavor you just can't read about, you have to... Read More

America Savors its Music During Jazz Appreciation Month

(April 10, 2008)

Each April, the United States celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), an opportunity to savor a major American contribution to world culture. Initiated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, JAM aims. Press Release

If You Love the Blues, You've Got to go to the Place Where it Was Born. You've Got to go Down to the Crossroads, Down to Clarksdale

(April 6, 2008)

Wade Walton's Barbershop, 317 Issaquena Ave. Known as the blues barber, Wade Walton not only cut Howlin' Wolf and Ike Turner's hair, but recorded the blues, too. His old shop currently operates as Big D's Blues Club... Press Release

Cooke Marker Dedication to Feature Historic - I Remember Sam - Panel

(April 2008)

CLARKSDALE - When Clarksdale's first historical Walk of Fame marker is dedicated to superstar Sam Cooke on April 4, the event will include a reminiscence of the celebrity and the New World District's rich cultural history. Read More

Delta's Alpha Male

(March 18, 2008)

BY any measure, it's been a decent year for David "Honey Boy" Edwards. He won a Grammy for his work on "Last of the Delta Bluesmen," had a part in the feature film "Walk Hard," is touring and has a new album out... Read More

Road Trip - The Mississippi Delta

(February 2008)

The Civil War is a recent memory and blues legends loom large in the cotton fields and swamp towns of the lower Mississippi Delta Press Release

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