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Blues Music Award Winners

(December 15, 2010)

The winners of the 2011 Blues Music Awards have been announced. Please join us in congratulating all of this years winners!

The Sky Shack at Hopson Plantation

(November 2010)

The Peabody it still ain't, but here's how the Shack Up Inn keepers are putting a little swank in their shacks, inside The Cotton Gin Inn on Hopson Plantation

Head to Clarksdale for 4th annual Hambone Festival

(October 2010)
Jackson Clarion Ledger

Next Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 the Ground Zero Blues Club will host a benefit for Abbeville bluesman Bill "Howlin' Madd" Perry, who teaches blues at the Delta Blues Museum,...

Tennessee Williams Festival Draws International Attention

(October 4, 2010)
Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations

European filmmaker to record event for centennial documentary Press Release

Grammy Award Hitmakers Converge on Ferriday, LA for Oct. 23rd Workshop

(October 5, 2010)

The Ferriday Song Fest provides an opportunity for burgeoning songwriters to learn both the art and business of songwriting from experienced industry insiders. Read More

Playing the Delta Blues at Harmonica Jam Camp

(October 8, 2010)

Margie Goldsmith visits the Delta Blues Museum while in Clarksdale for the graduation ceremony for Gindick's five-day Blues Harmonica Jam Camp. Read Article


(October 1, 2010)

The City of Clarksdale, Mississippi, will receive bids for the Delta Blues Museum Addition, Federal Aid Project No. STP - 0080-00(25) LPA/105121-701000. Read More

Music or Bullets?

(September 29, 2010)
OffBeat Magazine

They traveled to Helena, Arkansas, home of the (former) King Biscuit Blues Festival, then down to Clarksdale, where they went to the Delta Blues Museum and .. Read Article

The Willie Brown Blues Benefit

(September 2010)

Benefit (in Tampa, FL) to raise money for a Willie Brown grave marker in Tunica, MS! The event will take place September 26th 2010 at Ricks's On The River, in Tampa Florida. 2305 N. Willow Ave. Tampa, Florida

Dave Thompson was Killed in a Car Accident

(September 2010)

The Delta Blues Museum regrets to announce that Lil' Dave Thompson was killed in a car accident on Sunday, February 14, 2010, on his way home from playing the Blues Bash at Fiery Ron's in Charleston, SC. Read More

Foster "Tater, The Music Maker" Wiley - RIP

March 25, 1947 - Sept. 10, 2010

A long-time Clarksdale, Mississippi resident musician, and favorite of visiting blues fans from around the world, Foster Wiley a.k.a. "Tater, The Music Maker" passed away... Read More

Berklee a Bright Note for Teens

(September 4, 2010)

Paula Thompson of Clarksdale, a Delta Blues Museum Arts & Eductation student; and Calvin Bogan of Jackson, a Hinds Community College student, spend the summer at Berklee College of Music...

Boston Scenes

(August 26, 2010)
The Boston - Bay State Banner

This is the third year that Berklee has awarded summer scholarships to students from programs at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and the Robert Johnson ...

ZZ Top, Maroon 5 Added to State Fair Grandstand Lineup

(August 2010)

Amidst their success, ZZ Top launched a fundraising drive to create a Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss. Read More

Ike Turner Tributes

(August 16, 2010)

Ike Turner was honored in front of the Museum on August 5, 2010 with a City of Clarksdale "Walk of Fame" marker. A Mississippi Blues Trail marker was also placed at the Alcazar Hotel, just down the street from the Museum.

The Playlist: Piano Woman Eden Brent + 10

(August 16, 2010)

USA Today picked ten intriguing music tracks listened to this past week….. Eden Brent made the list with a track from her upcoming album - "Ain't Got No Troubles" - to be officially released----September 7, 2010.. Read More

RIP Calvin "Fuzz" Jones

June 9, 1926 - August 9, 2010

Best known as the longtime bass player of the Muddy Waters Blues Band, Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, a Greenwood, Mississippi native, passed away last night. Read More

Late Ike Turner Focus of Weekend Celebration

(August 2010)
Jackson Clarion Ledger

This weekend in the Delta town of Clarksdale, officials and music fans will ... of Fame marker will be unveiled for him at the Delta Blues Museum later today....

Blues, Gospel Take Center Stage at Sunflower Festival

(August 6, 2010)

On Friday the festival features local acts including Delta Blues Museum music instructor Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, Robert "Bilbo" Walker and James "Super...

Blues Festival Begins Today

(August 6, 2010)
Clarksdale Press Register

Tillis, an educator and local blues historian who once played trumpet in Turner's ... sidewalk marker later Friday afternoon near the Delta Blues Museum ...

Ike Turner Focus of Weekend Celebration in Mississippi

(August 2010)
Sun Herald

Another Walk of Fame marker will be unveiled for him at the Delta Blues Museum later that day. Veal, who also played drums at times in Turner's Kings of...

Southern Tradition: Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival

(August 3, 2010)
Business Clarksville

The community is home to a great deal of Blues History, all of which can be accessed at the Delta Blues Museum and at historical sites throughout the area.

Sunflower Festival to Pay Tribute to Ike Turner, Rocket 88 Musicians

(August 2010)

Ike Turner and his Rocket 88 crew from Clarksdale who launched the world's first rock and roll record are being celebrated as musical icons this summer by the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival. Read More

Delta Blues' Brings Tourists To An Economically Depressed South

(July 2010)
The Huffington Post

At the Delta Blues Museum, crowds are growing steadily with people from every state and dozens of countries flooding in to visit the historically rich region... Read Article

Letter to the President #545: "Building up the Blues"

(July 2010)

At the excellent Delta Blues Museum here I walked around and looked at their pictures, their guitars, and more. Then I sat down and chatted with a regular Read More

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

(July 2010)

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.

Country Comes to the Crossroads

(July 6, 2010)

Country music star Randy Houser recently filmed a video of his new single, "Whistlin' Dixie" in Clarksdale. Randy wanted... Read More

Come and Get It! Eli "Paperboy"

(July 1, 2010)

US soul sensation Eli "Paperboy" Reed has announced the release of his brand new album, Come And Get It. It will be the follow-up to his first two independently-released albums (Sings Walkin' and Talkin and Other Smash Hits! and Roll With You), Come And Get It is Reed's major-label debut.

It's the "Most Southern Weekend on Earth"

(June 2010)

The session at the Delta Blues Museum is free. "The weekend celebrates the range and richness of Southern culture, in the flesh, in Clarksdale, Mississippi...

Tourism Cares

(June 21, 2010)
Canton, Mass.

Tourism Cares, the premier charity in the travel industry dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations, is inviting the public to.. Read More

Pinetop Perkins Foundation Launches Youth Workshop Series

(June 18, 2010)
Downbeat Daily News

Students who want to study the style of blues piano's most venerated living master will have a hands-on learning experience at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation's inaugural youth workshop series. Read More

Blues, Booze and BBQs - New Photos of Life in the Delta by Michael Lloyd Young

(June 4, 2010)

"Blues, Booze & BBQ" is Michael's first book but he has a very strong portfolio of images that you can see at his website. Read More

Chicago Blues Festival and Mississippi Delta Blues Musicians

(June 2010)

Twice as Nice - Down in Mississippi to be released at the Chicago Blues Festival Read More

Congratulations to the 2010 Blues Music Awards Winners

(May 8, 2010)

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Photos from 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

(May 5, 2010)

Blues Foundation, Marriott Hotel, Memphis Read More

Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Photos and Review

(May 2010)

Mississippi Slim

(April 24, 2010)

Funeral Arrangements Saturday, April 24, 2010 Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 217 Third Street Greenville, MS 12 noon

Blues Prodigy Visits Juke Joint Festival

(April 23, 2010)
Clarksdale Press Register

He met famed bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards at the Delta Blues Museum (DBM) during Edwards' talk last Friday. Edwards signed his name on Sherman's...

Explore Mississippi's Affordable Adventures

(April 2010)
KTVU San Francisco

Good blues museums include the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and the Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery in Greenwood. The wail of live blues can be heard...

Mississippi Stops Highlight National Train Day, Blues Connection

(April 15, 2010)
Jackson, Mississippi

On May 6 and 7, 2010, Mississippi will join Amtrak in celebrating National Train Day with a series of whistle stops and other events around the state. Read More

The Delta Blues Museum is Saddened by the Loss of Mississippi Slim

Mississippi Slim died this morning April 14, 2010 around 7 am at Delta Regional Medical Center(Greenville, MS) of natural causes.

Delta State to Host Musical Instruments Workshop

(April 2010)

This workshop is for children ages 5-8 and will be held 9 a.m.- noon. Participants will meet in the lobby of the BPAC the morning of the workshop. Class size is limited to 15. Read More

Juke Joint Week Arrives

(April 2010)
Clarksdale Press Register

From there, additional events travel down the street and include "Conversations with Honeyboy Edwards" at the Delta Blues Museum and a "Theo The Boogieman"...

Juke Joint Festival Spotlights Miss. Blues History

(April 14, 2010)

Stolle said Edwards will play two sets and give a question-and-answer session on Friday at 3 pm at the Delta Blues Museum with a show called...

Clarksdale's Juke Joint Fest: Blues at its Best

(April 2010)
Jackson Clarion Ledger

At 3 pm on Friday there will be a public interview at the Delta Blues Museum of 94-year-old Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards, who will be performing...

Blues CD Release Party Coming to Ground Zero Blues Club

(March 16, 2010)

Saturday, March 20th will be a house party for the history books when hometown blues guitar hero Terry "Big T" Williams unleashes his latest album live on stage at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. Read More

New Label Records Award-Winning Mississippi Bluesman; Inaugural "BIG T" Album Slated for March 2010 Release

(February 2010)

On the heels of his 2009 "Best Guitar Player of the Year" award from the Bay Area Blues Society, Mississippi bluesman Terry "Big T" Williams is slated to release a brand-new album on a brand-new label in late March. Entitled "Jump Back, Big T's in the House," the CD will signal a new phase in Williams' storied musical career. Read More

Diboll Gallery exhibits exciting works by photographer Erika Goldring

(January 25, 2010)

The vivid work of New Orleans-based music and fine arts photographer Erika Molleck Goldring will be featured in an upcoming exhibit of new photos, "Performance Portraiture," in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans. Read More

Blues Foundation Awards

(January 2010)

Canadian Matt Anderson & Mississippi Delta Band Grady Champion with top honors at 26th International Blues Challenge Read More

Honeyboy Edwards Received a Special Merit Grammy for Lifetime Achievement

(February 9, 2010)

52nd Grammy Awards, Jan 31, 2010 Traditional Blues Album: A Stranger Here, Ramblin Jack ElliottContemporary Blues Album: Already Free, The Derek Trucks BandTraditional R&B Vocal Performance: Beyonce', "At Last"Pop Instrumental Album: Potato Hole, Booker T. JonesTraditional Gospel Album: Oh Happy Day, Various Artists (includes Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, Al Green, Robert Randolph with mainstream artists)Historical Album: The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967), Little Walter. Congratulations to both the winners and all the nominees.

Willie Mitchell RIP

(January 6, 2010)

The Delta Blues Museum mourns the loss of Willie Mitchell, a record producer, label head and musician who worked with Al Green and many others. He died Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was 81. Link to NY Times Article: Read Article

Everyone needs a little Blues, Booze, & BBQ

(March 8, 2010)

Photographer Michael Loyd Young is on a mission to document culture throughout the world, and he isn't leaving his home state of Mississippi behind. The burgeoning artist recently debuted his first book "Blues, Booze, & BBQ," a documentation of the blues culture in the Delta. Press Release


(January 20, 2010)

Mississippi est un fantasme pour tous ceux qui adorent rouler á travers la beauté du delta américain en découvrant les routes et les petits villages pittoresques oú la musique blues vibre.

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