August 10, 2016
is John Lee Hooker Month at the Museum.
We are excited to honor the important work of Clarksdale's
native son and plan to make this an annual event at
the Delta Blues Museum.
We are working
with the University of Mississippi's Blues
Archive and the John Lee Hooker Estate
to create a special exhibit in the Museum gallery
that will run throughout this month. Be sure to check
our website for our special podcast, "The Roots of
John Lee Hooker."
Photo Credit: Terry Abrahamson
John Lee Hooker Month, the Museum has
special items on sale in our Gift Shop: CDs
and vinyl, DVDs, and his biography, Boogie
Man. The book "gives an account
of an entire art form. Grounded in a time and
place in American culture, the blues are universal,
and in the hands of the greatest practitioners
its power resides in the miracle of using despair
to transcend it." It's "the authoritative biography
of the musician whose career spanned over fifty
years and included over one-hundred albums and
five Grammy Awards.
Charles Shaar Murray lets Hooker tell his story
in his own words, from life in the Deep South
to San Francisco, from the 1948 blues anthem
"Boogie Chillen" to
the Grammy-winning album The Healer
a half-century later."
also hosting Zakiya Hooker,
John Lee Hooker's daughter, who will be interviewed
in the Museum classroom on Sunday
afternoon, August 14th, at 2:00pm by Paul
Wilson of WROX radio.
is a renowned singer with a lengthy international
musical career on her own resume. According
to Living Blues Magazine,
she is "a decidedly urbane stylist whose dusky
alto tones, clear enunciation, and subdued
phrasing bring Peggy Lee to mind."
will talk about her father, his music and
life, and her own musical history. This event
is free and open to the public.
event is part of the Sunflower River
Blues and Gospel Festival, which
is partnering with the DBM for this special
John Lee Hooker month.
Daniel N. Reid, Flickr Creative Commons
annual edition officially opens Friday, August
12th, 5:00pm, and features the Delta Blues
Museum band on the Melville Tillis Delta
Blues Stage at the DBM, adjacent to our classroom.
Headliners include James "Super Chikan" Johnson, Toni
Green, Jimbo Mathus, Lonnie Shields, Vasti Jackson,
Sweet Angel, and Lee Williams and the Spiritual QCs.
The festival goes day and night August 12th to 13th
and concludes with the gospel portion on the 14th.
While it's sure hot outdoors in Mississippi in August,
this year there are new, cooler, indoor venues in
the afternoons. As always,the festival is free and
open to the public.
On Friday at
5:00pm, the Delta Blues Museum Band
will open the festival. In honor of John Lee Hooker
Month, they have learned a few of his songs that will
enjoying the main acts, check out the Mississippi
Blues Trail Marker about the Festival,
located just east of the stage.
Markers tell stories through words and images
of bluesmen and women and how the places where
they lived and the times in which they existed-and
continue to exist-influenced their music.
includes the history of the Festival, now in
its 29th year, and tells the story of the founders
who established it.
Museum will be open for special festival hours on
Sunday, August 14th, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
During the Festival
we are presenting two book signings, free
and open to the public.
Flowers Book Signing - Friday, August 12th at
Flowers, author of "Clarksdale
and Coahoma County (Images of America)",
will lead a Q & A in the DBM classroom.
A. Rosen Book Signing - Saturday, August 13th
at 2:30 pm
A. Rosen, author of "Blues Hands",
signs copies of his book and answers questions
in the DBM classroom. Photos from his book are
on display in our gallery. We will host the
opening reception on Sept 8. Many thanks to
the North Mississippi Foot Clinic, Coahom
County Tourism Commission, the Mississippi Arts
Commission, and Friends of the Delta Blues Museum
for helping us present this exhibition.
Thanks to our
sponsors Shack Up Inn, Kroger, MAC, and Friends
of DBM who are supporting John Lee
Hooker Month at the Museum, and to the John
Lee Hooker Estate and the University
of Mississippi's Blues Archive for collaborating
with us on our special exhibit.
We have two other partnerships to tell you about:
Bridging the Blues is a series of
blues-related events taking place September 25th through
October 11th, in the greater Mississippi Delta region
in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
the Blues is anchored by music festivals,
most notably the King Biscuit Blues
Festival across the river in Helena,
Arkansas; and The Mighty Mississippi
Music Festival in Greenville, Mississippi;
and the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming,
which honors the Delta piano great at the Hopson
to these festivals, a multitude of events will
take place throughout the Delta region.
the Blues is a partnership between Mississippi
Delta Tourism, Arkansas Delta Byways, Arkansas
Parks & Tourism, Mississippi Development Authority,
Memphis CVB, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
especially proud to be part of the Blue
Star Museums program, a national appreciation
program for military families that offers free
admittance to active-duty military personnel
and their families, including the National Guard
and Reserve, at more than 2,000 museums across
began on Memorial Day and runs through Labor
Day. We join with the National Endowment
for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department
of Defense to say "thank you" to our
When you visit the Museum today, here's what you'll see in our galleries:
here's what we want to show you:
To make these
new and upgraded exhibits into a reality, we need
help from you, our visitors and supporters. What kind
of help? To be direct, donations.
We have received a grant from the Institute
of Museum and Library Services for $100,000,
which will help us finalize our plans for new permanent
exhibits. But it's a matching grant. That means
we have to come up with $100,000 to match the grant
we are almost half way to our goal. We
need your donations to keep adding to the
total we need to raise. Any amount is meaningful:
$25, $50, $100 - more, if you're able. And we need
your help, now: the clock is running out on the time
allowed to raise the matching money.
community that visits the Museum and supports
our work numbers in the thousands. If every
visitor and every reader of this newsletter made a
donation, we could reach this goal - quickly!
and historical legacy of the blues is a national cultural
treasure. And its heartbeat is here, at the Delta
Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Please
help us continue to provide the best home possible
for the artifacts and the stories that preserve and
present the musical culture we all love.
To Donate click
here. Thank you for your support!
We are pleased to announce that the Mississippi
Arts Commission has awarded us $26,100 for
general operating expenses. This funding supports
the vital day-to-day work we do to preserve and present
the Delta Blues to you and future audiences. Thank
grant program, the Grammy Foundation
is supporting our efforts to organize our incredible
collection of blues recordings. With
this support, we have been able to identify many gems
that will enhance our exhibits and your experience.
We are grateful
to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
for supporting our latest "Explore and Learn"
feature on The Great Migration. Coahoma
Community College faculty and students have
reviewed the feature and it will be "live" on our
We hosted two special
guests among our many visitors in the past few months.
Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small
Business Administration and Obama administration Cabinet
member toured our galleries as part of her Delta
Region Main Street Road Tour. We appreciate
the good work that the SBA and the Delta Regional
Authority are doing in our area. And blues
legend Charlie Musselwhite stopped
in for a public conversation as part of our Juke
Joint Festival program.
and DBM Director Ritter.
Ritter, Paul Wilson (WROX manager and DBM Board
and Charlie Musselwhite. Photo Credit: Howard
Bluesman Terry "Big T" Williams needs
His house was destroyed in a fire, and while
he and his family are safe, they lost everything,
including his musical gear. "Big T," a Clarksdale
native, is a former teacher in our Arts & Education
program and an amazing talent. In 2009, he was
named Blues Guitar Player of the Year by the
West Coast Blues Society.
You can help "Big
T" and his family by donating to his
Fund Me" page.
As always, we look forward to your visits.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal
from the book, showing the "strength, beauty, diversity,
depth, and power of the blues. The exhibit and book
from our shop) feature photos from Rosen's 30+
years of adventure in blues and music photography.
Included are B.B. King, Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy
Guy, Al Green, Willie King, Susan Tedeschi, Derek
Trucks, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and James Brown.
With powerful imagery, as well as anecdotes and biographical
information, Blues Hands tells the story of the blues.
Nix worked with many artists over a long
career as a musician, producer, and songwriter. A selection of photographs from
his memoir, "Memphis Man: Living
High, Laying Low", is on display in our
John Estes by Nix
Mostrom, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer,
created hundreds of ink portraits of Paramount's recording
artists for Jack White's Third Man Records'
reissue of the entire Paramount catalogue.
The ink drawings were originally published in two
"Field Manuals," 700 pages of encyclopedia-style biographies
and discographies of 347 musicians.
Records is one of America's most important
record labels. The company's open-door recording policy
led it to the nation's blues, jazz, gospel and folk
musics, capturing an anthology of what the country
sounded like in the 1920s-30s.
Award winner 2015 for Best Special or Limited
Edition Package Design.
of posters that spans the entire 27 years of the
annual Clarksdale event. Lots of names, lots
of color, lots of archival photos, lots of memories
- an eyeful of blues history in a collection of Festival
ephemera that are now a valuable record of blues performers
features photos from the book of the same name by
pioneering southern folklorist William Ferris
who toured Mississippi in the 60's and 70's, documenting
African Americans as they spoke about and performed
the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic
roots of the blues. Here are the stories of blues
musicians who represent a wide range of musical traditions - from
one-string instruments, bottle-blowing, and banjo
to spirituals, hymns, and prison work chants.
August 11 - 14, 2016
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, Clarksdale
August 12, 2016 at
5:00pm Delta Blues Museum Band performance
on the DBM Main Stage
August 12, 2016 at
1:30pm Booksigning with Judy Flowers, author
of Clarksdale and Coahoma County (Images of America),
leads a Q&A in the DBM classroom
August 13, 2016 at
2:30pm Booksigning with Joseph A. Rosen,
author of Blues Hands, leads a Q &
A in the DBM classroom. Open to the public.
August 14, 2016
Special Museum hours on Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
October 05 - 08, 2016 King Biscuit Festival, Helena, AR
October 15 - 18, 2016
Deep Blues Festival, Clarksdale
Willie "Po Monkey" Seaberry, July 14, age 74
Willie was nicknamed "Po Monkey" as a child. With a deep love of the blues, he opened his home in the grand tradition of Delta house parties. For more than 50 years, Po' Monkey's has been reknowned as an integral Delta site in the development of the blues. One of the last remaining rural juke joints, Po' Monkey's was dedicated as a stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail in 2009.
Scotty Moore, June 28, age 84 Moore was a member of Elvis' original band, and played on the Sun Records tracks "That's All Right, Mama," "Good Rockin' Tonight," and "Mystery Train." He continued with Elvis on the RCA label, recording on "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Hound Dog." Moore's distinctive style of playing has influenced generations of guitar players, from Keith Richards to Jack White.
"Sir" Mack Rice, June 27, age 82 Soul legend Rice was the writer of "Mustang Sally," co-writer of "Respect Yourself," and a Stax house songwriter for Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Johnny Taylor, and the Staple Singers. Born in Clarksdale, Rice was mentored by Ike Turner and sang in The Falcons with Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd.
Chips Moman, June 13,
age 79 Moman recorded Stax's first hits by Carla
Thomas, Rufus Thomas, and William Bell, and helped produced
"Last Night," the Mar-Keys hit. He later founded American
Studios in Memphis, where he produced Joe Tex, Bobby Womack,
Dusty Springfield, and mostly famously, Elvis' Memphis
Delta Blues Museum's Band CD, From Kansas
City to Clarksdale, Vol. 2,
is available from our Gift Shop: Order
Be sure to visit the Delta Blues Museum
Shop for additional items and memorabilia.
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Jim Herring, President
Lera Kinnard, Secretary
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