September 27, 2012
This year's festival season ends with quite a fanfare. From
Thursday, September 27 through Monday, October 8,
the whole Delta region, including Mississippi, Arkansas,
and Memphis, will be jamming to the music of America's great
blues artists. Leland's Highway 61 Blues Festival will take
place on September 29-30, followed by the King Biscuit Blues
Festival in Helena, Arkansas, October 4, 5, and 6.
days of musical, cultural, and culinary events and activities,
bookended by the two festivals. For a full list of Delta
doings from Sept 27 - October 8, click
We'll be busy at the Museum, maintaining our normal business
hours Monday-Saturday, 9-5 pm, while opening extra
hours for the many King Biscuit Blues Festival visitors
who take the opportunity to cross the river to visit us:
we'll be open on Sunday, October 7, from 1 to 5
pm. We're only 30 minutes away from Helena, come
We'll also be sponsoring a book signing
for The Language of the Blues, Sept 28th,
from noon to 2 pm at the Museum (we just got word
that the author, Debra Devi, is passing through town and
invited her to stop by). "One of the wittiest, bawdiest,
most fascinating dictionaries ever," says Reuters. We think
you'll agree when you check it out (see Gift Shop News below
to order, if you can't make the signing.)
King Biscuit caps an unusually busy summer at the Museum,
with the completion of the construction of our new
Muddy Waters Addition, the large crowds drawn to
the DBM Stage by Robert Plant at the Sunflower River Blues
and Gospel Festival, a reception for the "True Delta" film
and photographic exhibit, and even "American Idol" auditions
conducted on our grounds! It has been wonderful and hectic
at the same time.
Crowd at Sunflower Festival for Robert Plant. Photo: Travis Calvin
We'll stay busy this winter, working on our "Deeper
Roots" campaign to raise funds for new and expanded
exhibits. We have a spectacular new space, and now we need
to create exhibits to fill it with artifacts and media to
better tell the story of the blues in Coahoma County.
The new exhibits in the Muddy Waters Addition
will focus on the 1940s documentation of the blues in our
area by Alan Lomax, John Work, Lewis Jones and Samuel Adams
including the "discovery" of Muddy Waters at his cabin home
(on display in our galleries) on Stovall Plantation.
drawing for new "Muddy's World" exhibit
Other sections will showcase the "Great Migration" of Mississippi musicians and audience to Chicago, where the Delta Blues became a new form of urban entertainment and laid the foundations for rock 'n' roll. The exhibits will also look at how the Delta blues is alive and well today, in Clarksdale and around the world.
founded in -it is . It has existed and grown over
the years because of the interest and enthusiasm of our
many blues fans and Museum members. With your continued support,
we look forward to serving you with new, expanded exhibits
about the blues and its history.
We need to raise $1.2 million to expand
our current exhibits and create new ones. The Museum relies
on your contributions to create and expand :exhibits, support
our public and educational programs, and maintain and display
our collection. Any donation, no matter how small, will
help us get to our goal.
If you are a blues fan, if you have spent hours listening to the recordings and performances of Delta musicians, and if you care about the culture that created and still supports the blues, please contribute to our campaign. Donations can be sent to:
Deeper Roots c/o Delta Blues Museum #1 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
For more information, email to email@example.com
Thanks for your continued and future support!
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
Mississippi John Hurt display. Photo: Lee Pharr
This wall display outlines the musical life and times
of Mississippi John Hurt, whose rediscovery
and recordings for the Library of Congress in the '60s helped
start the '60s folk and blues music boom. Although from
Avalon, MS, south of the Delta, Hurt was often paired with
Delta musicians in performances on the university and coffeehouse
concert circuit. Many artists have covered his songs, including
Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia, among others. Special
thanks goes to the National Endowment for the Arts
and the Arts Center of Cannon County, Tennessee.
"True Delta", featuring photographs by
Michael Scanlan from the film of the same
name. Prints of these photo are available for sale.
House portraits by Dick Waterman
Check with the DBM Gift Shop for details.
, an exhibit of posters that spans the years of the event.
The , the music photographer who helped rediscover
House in the '60s and who managed his concerts during that
era's blues revival. For more on House, see our "Follow
Son House" web feature on our home page: click
September 28: Noon to 2 pm, Book signing
for The Language of the Blues,
by Debra Devi, Delta Blues Museum.
September 29: The Highway 61 Blues Festival,
Leland. Starts at noon and features Pat Thomas, Eddie Cusic,
T-Model Ford (If health allows), Duff Dorrough, the John
Horton Band, Eden Brent, Lamar Thomas, Jimmy Phillips and
the Ruminators, The Walnut Street Allstars, Mickey Rogers
and the Soulmasters, L.C. Ulmer, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Kenny
Brown, The Cedric Burnside Project, Dwayne Dopsie and the
September 30: Highway 61 Blues Festival continues
with The Holly Ridge Jam, 2:00 - 7:00 pm.
October 4-6, King Biscuit Blues Festival - Helena,
AR The King Biscuit Blues Festival
presents its 27th annual event in Helena,
Arkansas (just across the river from Clarksdale).
This year's edition features Bonnie Raitt,
Taj Mahal, and Otis Rush,
and many more local and regional musicians and bands. This
year, the DBM Band will perform on Saturday,
October 6, from 1 - 1:45 pm on the Bit-o-Blues
October 4: "From the Archives: History of the King
Biscuit Festival," Delta Blues Museum classroom,
2 pm. A panel led by Terry Buckalew, who
has written about the Helena blues scene. Buckalew will
lead a discussion about the Festival, its roots with the
"King Biscuit Time" radio show, and the festival's music,
including the Jelly Roll Kings, who featured Delta musician
Sam Carr, the subject of an exhibit in our galleries. This
will be the second in the "From the Archives" series, sponsored
by the Mississippi Humanities Council.
October 12-13: 20th Annual Tennessee Williams Festival,
Clarksdale. This year's festival focuses on The Glass
Menagerie, a play inspired by stories and people in
Clarksdale. The free event features readings, monologues,
a Stella "shouting" competition, panel discussions, presentations
by actors and directors, and visits to local landmarks used
in the plays.
On August 9, The Museum hosted its first
"From the Archives" event, as part of the
Sunflower Festival. "25 Years of the Sunflower Festival"
was moderated by Jim O'Neal, former editor of Living Blues
magazine, and included panelists Melville Tillis, Catherine
Clark, and Patty Johnson. Daddy Rich, a DBM Arts & Education
instructor, recorded the proceedings for a podcast soon
to be available on our Web site. David Morgan from the Mississippi
Humanities Council attended as MHC was the sponsor.
October 6: The Delta Blues Museum Band
will play at King Biscuit at noon 1 - 1:45
pm on Saturday on the Bit O' Blues Stage.
October 20: the Delta Blues Museum Band plays
at the Coahoma Community College homecoming.
On August 12, Charlie Musselwhite and
his band, along with Lightnin' Malcolm and other musicians,
played a benefit concert for the Arts and Education Program
at the Juke Joint Chapel, Shack Up Inn. Over $1,600 was
raised. Thank you Charlie, Malcolm, and all the other musicians
who contributed their time and talent!
Charlie Musselwhite and band at the Juke Joint Chapel
for the Arts & Education Program. Photo: Lee Pharr
The DBM Band's first CD, From Kansas City to
Clarksdale, Vol. 1, is available from the
DBM online Store.
This month sees the return of two unique items: the Bottle
Tree Tee and The Language of the Blues.
Bottle Tree tee-back in stock!
We sold out of these distinctive Bottle Tree tees-twice!
Now, we have all sizes in Kiwi Lime and
Charcoal colors. The graphic is a bottle
tree. Glass bottle trees have their roots
in the Congo culture of West Africa. Legend had it that
empty glass bottles placed outside the home could capture
roving, evil spirits at night. Once trapped inside, it was
believed that the spirits became mesmerized by the colors
of the bottles in the sunshine and couldn't find their way
out. The practice was brought to North America by African
slaves who hung blue bottles from trees to capture the evil
spirits: blue bottles for "blue devils" (what Clarksdale's
Tennessee Williams called his "demons.")
Bottle Tree Tee, in Charcoal and Kiwi Lime, $20.
To order, go to
DBM online Store.
The Language of the Blues - now
back in print! (And we have signed copies!)
"One of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever." *Reuters
The Language of the Blues, by blues
musician and Huffington Post blogger Debra Devi,
explains more than 150 blues terms. From familiar words like
"mojo" to more obscure ones like "buffet flat," this is one
jammin' read. With a foreword by Dr. John, stories from the
author's interviews with the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Bonnie
Raitt, and Jimmie Vaughn, and original research into African
language, voodoo culture, and oral histories, there's a lot
to learn-and to enjoy while doing it. "You can open it at
random and fall into the world of your favorite blues songs,"
says former Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin.
Back in print! Signed copies!
Available 9/28 Price: $24
The Museum Store has a new Muddy
Waters tee shirt. This tee features a graphic design
taken from the life-size statue that sits inside the Muddy
Waters cabin, now on display in our new Muddy Waters
Addition. The image on the back shows "Electric
Muddy", the quintessential Chicago bluesman, "at"
The front pocket area features the distinctive Museum
logo, which references both a guitar and the nearby
Mississippi River in its flowing outline.
Available in Cardinal, Kiwi, and Chocolate,
in sizes S-M-L-XL-2XL-3XL. Order at our online Store: Order
Be sure to visit the Delta Blues Museum
Shop for additional items and memorabilia.
|Delta Blues Museum
Board of Directors
William H. Gresham, President
Yvonne Stanford, Secretary
Dr. Frank Marascalco
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