Celebrating Black Music Month at Delta Blues Museum
Celebrate the Musical Legacy of Highway 61
Highway 61 may be the most famous road in American music. Often called "the blues highway," its route stretches along the Mississippi River through the Mississippi Delta and the towns of Tunica, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Leland and Natchez. Many blues artists grew up near Highway 61 - Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Son House and Charley Patton, to name a few. These and other musicians traveled this road north to Memphis and on to Chicago, following the path of The Great Migration by Virtual Field Trip or through our Explore & Learn Program. Like Howlin' Wolf (b. June 10, 1910), who perfected his musical style on the Delta's Dockery Plantation before heading to the big city. This month, the Chicago Blues Festival returns (June 9-12) to celebrate the relationship of Delta country blues and Chicago electric blues.
Our Gift Shop offers many souvenirs of this legendary blues highway. We have road signs, posters, caps, and mugs...CDs and books that feature music and history related to Highway 61...and travel guides that map out how to experience Highway 61 in the Delta today.
And don't miss our new holographic poster of the Muddywood Guitar, commissioned by ZZTop's Billy Gibbons and made from a piece of the cabin where Muddy Waters lived.
Signed copies of Charlie Musslewhite's MISSISSIPPI SON
are now available for purchase in the Gift Shop
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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.
This site is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rock River Foundation.
This site made possible through the support of Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rock River Foundation.
Support for the Delta Blues Foudation, Inc has been provided by explore.org, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation.
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