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October 26, 2016




November 01, 2016 at 1:00pm



Clarksdale, Mississippi

Join award-winning blues historian Martin Hawkins, author of

Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
, for a booksigning and Q&A

at the Delta Blues Museum on November 01, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Presenting the only complete biography of Harpo, Hawkins traces Harpo's rural upbringing in the South, his professional development fostered by the local music scene, and his national success with R&B hits like Rainin' in My Heart, Baby Scratch My Back, and I'm A King Bee, among others.

Martin Hawkins is the author of A Shot in the Dark - Making Records in Nashville 1945-1955, co-author of Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll, and the writer of some four hundred magazine articles, LP sleeve notes and CD booklets stretching back to 1971. During the 1970s and since, he issued more of Sun Records' music than anyone knew existed, mainly on Charly, Spotlight (Sonet), Bear Family and other pioneering reissue labels. He also spent years researching the Complete Meteor hillbilly and rockabilly recordings for Ace Records; and decades producing two 8-CD boxed sets of early post-war Nashville record labels and a book, published in 2006, all titled 'A Shot in the Dark'.

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About the Delta Blues Museum

Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest music museum and the nation's first museum dedicated to the American art form known as the Blues. A 2013 recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Services - the nation's highest honor for museum and library service to the community - and a 2014 winner of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, 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 is honored to be a Great River Road Interpretive Center.

The "Delta Blues Foundation" is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that supports the work of Delta Blues Museum. All funds solicited through the Delta Blues Foundation are raised to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. On-line tax deductible contributions to the Delta Blues Foundation include the Deeper Roots program and the General Fund (a monetarily unrestricted contribution made to the foundation in support of the museum). Memberships and the Buy a Brick program are funded directly to the Delta Blues Museum and are not considered tax deductible.

For online donations or for more information on events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site at

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2013 IMLS Award

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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.