Volume 15, No. 2 | August 2022

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Delta Blues Newsletter
August, 2022


...In time for the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
John Lee Hooker Month!

This August, Delta Blues Museum visitors will walk through new permanent exhibits in our gallery! To accommodate the installation, the Museum will be closed beginning Thursday, July 28th and will reopen at 10:00 am on Monday, August 8th. This latest phase of new exhibits will tell the deeper story of some of the most influential artists in Blues history, utilizing modern materials and designs from Solid Light, Inc. We cannot wait to share this experience with you!

These exhibits were funded thanks to Senator Robert Jackson, Representative Orlando Paden and other friends in the Mississippi State Legislature who supported HB1730 & SB2969. We encourage all friends and music fans to plan your Museum visit soon.

To purchase tickets online & learn more about our hours and protocols, please visit our tickets page.

Delta Blues Museum is wheelchair accessible. Please contact the Museum with any special assistance needs.



THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2022: Grits, Greens & BBQ VIP
7:00pm-7:45pm Stan Street & Jacqueline Gooch
8:00pm-8:45pm Sean "Bad" Apple
9:00pm-9:45pm Terry "Big T" Williams

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022: Main Stage
7:00pm-7:45pm Delta Blues Museum Band
8:00pm-8:45pm Heather Crosse: Heavy Suga & The Sweet Tones
9:00pm-9:45pm Lucious Spiller
10:00pm-10:45pm Anthony "Big A" Sherrod
11:00pm-12:15am James "Super Chikan" Johnson

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022: Acoustic Stage (at the VIP Tent)
10:00am-10:45am Pat Thomas
11:00am-11:45am Mississippi Marshall
12:00pm-12:45pm Honey Bee (Ms. Australia Jones)
1:00pm-1:45pm Kenny Brown
2:00pm-2:45pm Howlin' Madd Bill Perry & Shy Perry
3:00pm-3:45pm Bill Abel
4:00pm-4:45pm Little Willie Farmer
5:00pm-5:45pm Terry "Harmonica" Bean

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022: Main Stage
6:00pm-6:45pm Brad Moneymaker Band
7:00pm-7:45pm Mark "Mule Man" Massey
8:00pm-8:45pm Jimbo Mathus
8:45pm-9:00pm Awards
9:00pm-9:45pm Terry "Big T" Williams
10:00pm-10:45pm Mr. Sam
11:00pm-12:00am L J Echols

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2022: Gospel Stage
3:00pm-3:30pm G-Hope Mass Choir
3:45pm-4:15pm The Sensational Travers
4:45pm-5:15pm The Spiritual Soldiers
5:30pm-6:00pm The Myles Family
6:15pm-6:45pm The Wells Brothers
7:00pm-8:00pm Pastor Marcus Newson & The Newson Singers
8:15pm-9:30pm The Return of The Spirit QC's (Son of the late Lee Williams-Cc Williams)

*** Special Museum hours on Sunday, Open 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ***


John Lee Hooker (Aug 22, 1912 - June 21, 2001) was born near Clarksdale and grew up in the Delta. Hooker's music blends several musical traditions - Delta blues, talking blues, and early North Mississippi Hill country blues - into an original, driving-rhythm style that marks his signature sound. A multiple Grammy award winner, Hooker's best-known songs are blues classics, among them "Boogie Chillen," "Boom Boom," and "Burning Hell." Follow his life and times at our Explore & Learn feature about his "endless boogie."

Check out Hooker's colorful history in a vivid biography, listen to a CD collection of his greatest songs, and wear your shout-out to "The Boogie Man" with a JLH tee, all available from our Gift Shop. And join us on August 22nd at the Museum for a birthday celebration for "The Hook."

The Museum appreciates your patronage and support - thank you.



Delta Blues Museum has been awarded a $25,800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

This grant is a portion of the more than $1.4 million in grants MAC awarded in Fiscal Year 2022 and will be used to support Museum operations over the course of the two-year grant period. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are grateful to MAC for this grant and for the important work they do for the arts in Mississippi.


"At the age of 8, Christone found his way to the Delta Blues Museum, a Clarksdale institution dedicated to preserving the local blues tradition that lies at the root of so much rock, pop, R&B, soul and other music . . . (e)ven more than home and church, the museum was the decisive container into which he poured his music-making impulses. 'They weren't the most technical guys, but they pushed me to play and sing,' he said, 'and they taught me the history of the city, the music going back to Big Jack Johnson, the Jelly Roll Kings.'"

~ Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Read the full Washington Post feature on Kingfish below!

How a 23-Year-Old Phenom Named Kingfish Became the...

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram was wailing on guitar. Eyes shut and head thrown back in the emblematic pose of the guitar hero in ecstasy, he wrung screaming bent high notes and dense, fluid runs from his purple-and-black prototype Kingfish-model... Read more

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Thanks for your continued and future support!

Shelly 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.

This site is made possible through support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rock River Foundation.

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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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#1 Blues Alley Lane
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Phone: 662-627-6820
Email: info@deltabluesmuseum.org