Volume 13, No. 1 | February 2020
The Official Newsletter of the Delta Blues Museum
Dear Delta Blues Museum Supporters,
The Delta Blues Museum is officially 41 years old - and we are still growing! We have expanded our gallery space, our exhibits and our outreach.
I recently experienced one of the highlights of my tenure here at the Delta Blues Museum when I attended the 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards. It was an incredible experience to be among so much musical talent from so many genres. Tears of joy flooded my eyes when our very own Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's name appeared onscreen at the top of the list of five nominations for "Traditional Blues Album."
To celebrate the American roots nominees, the Folk Alliance International, the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Blues Foundation hosted a pre-GRAMMY event at which Christone (pictured at right, above) performed. Watching the audience's reaction to his performance renewed my strength in the important work that we do here at Delta Blues Museum and how so much talent has its roots in Clarksdale and Mississippi.
Come see us soon at the Crossroads!
All photos courtesy and personal property of Shelley Ritter
VOTE FOR DELTA BLUES MUSEUM...
...in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!
Delta Blues Museum has been nominated in USA Today's 2020 10 Best Readers' Choice travel awards! An expert panel selected Delta Blues Museum as a contender for Best Music Museum. Anyone can vote once a day for the run of the contest, and voting ends Monday, February 17th--winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 26th.
Click Here to Vote
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
April 16-18, 2020
Delta Blues Dulcimer Revival
April 16-19, 2020
17th Juke Joint Festival & Related Events
(Headline Event Sat., 4/18/2020)
April 19, 2020
Cat Head Mini Blues Fest (POST-JJF)
May 9, 2020
14th Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest
(Cat Head/Bluesberry/New Roxy)
May 23, 2020
Red's Old-Timers Blues Fest (MLK Park Stage)
May 29-31, 2020
Goat Fest VII
IN THE GIFT SHOP
Clarksdale residents and visitors to the Delta Blues Museum have heard Blues phenom Christone "Kingfish" Ingram play blazing sets at local venues such as Red's and Ground Zero Blues Club. Now, blues lovers around the world can hear this young artist's new take on traditional Delta blues on Kingfish, his debut CD. The Grammy-nominated disc includes contributions by Buddy Guy ("Fresh Out") and Keb Mo', who duets on "Listen" and adds rhythm and slide guitar on several other tracks. All 12 tracks are Kingfish originals, adding his own individual style to influences ranging from B.B. King to Jimi Hendrix. As Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer says, "He's creating new music that feels like the blues but doesn't copy what's already been done." ...Gift Shop offerings updated weekly, so keep checking back!
Kingfish is available in the DBM Gift Shop-- order your copy today!
Your Gift Shop purchases support the Museum's work in preserving and presenting the legacy of the blues-thanks!
HOST A BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER ON FACEBOOK FOR DELTA BLUES MUSEUM!
Why not celebrate your birthday by giving back? It's easy as signing into Facebook! Consider hosting your own Facebook fundraiser to support Delta Blues Foundation / Delta Blues Museum! Contact Museum Director Shelley Ritter to learn more.
Delta Blues Museum would like to thank
Family and Youth Opportunities Division, Inc.
for presenting a 2020 King Award to Museum Director Shelley Ritter, given in honor of her outstanding community service and in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.
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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.
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.
Keeping the Beat
2023 Fellows Program
Press Release - MDNHA Grant Award
Museum Contact information
Clarksdale, MS 38614