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Delta Blues Advisory

May 7, 2014



Mississippi's oldest music museum to host award-winning author and Blues scholar


What: Following the Blues Foundation Awards ceremony, the Delta Blues Museum will host "A Conversation with Tom Graves" featuring the author and multimedia presentation of his work, Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Robert Johnson . From the website, "Crossroads won the Blues Foundation's award for Literature in 2010 and is considered the definitive word on its enigmatic subject. The result of careful and meticulous research, this stylishly-written biography reveals the real story behind the mythical talent that made Robert Johnson a musical legend." A Q&A and booksigning will follow. Open to the media and to the public--event sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Where: Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi

When: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:00pm

More about Delta Blues Museum

A 2013 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services--the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community--the Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the Blues. The museum seeks $1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits for its expansion, including the Muddy Waters Addition. Expanded exhibits will enable the cultural organization to better preserve and display the history and work of blues artists from the Mississippi Delta, and advance the Museum's ability to "tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations about this important American art form.

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2013 imls award

Shelley Ritter, Director

This newsletter is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and,
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.