Volume 14, No. 4 | November 2021
The Official Newsletter of the Delta Blues Museum
*NEW* FOR 2022: TRUMPET RECORDS
NEW YEAR, NEW EXHIBIT: Delta Blues Museum's traveling exhibit featuring the story of Trumpet Records will be on display beginning in early 2022 in the Museum gallery. Funded by the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA), our new exhibit and website feature chronicles the history of Jackson-based Trumpet Records, founded and developed by Lillian McMurry, and follows the success of its Delta-based artists.
Museum Director Shelley Ritter looks forward to sharing this inspiring story: "We are excited for our visitors to learn more about the history of Trumpet Records and the amazing woman behind it: Lillian Shedd McMurry - with no prior experience in the music industry - opened a record store, launched a record label, and ran a recording studio where she produced, promoted, and engineered many Blues classics by artists such as Elmore James, Big Joe Williams, and Sonny Boy Williamson. We are thrilled that the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has provided funding for us to share the history of Trumpet Records through an "Explore & Learn Feature" as well as an in-house and traveling exhibit. Lilian Shedd McMurry's work and the amazing talent she recorded continue to shape music history today."
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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR EVERY BLUES FAN
The Delta Blues Museum sits at "The Crossroads" in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Highways 61 and 49 meet. Share your love of Delta "Crossroads" blues with fellow blues fans with souvenirs from our Gift Shop - or treat yourself! We have new items in stock: tee shirts, hoodies, caps, posters, CDs, books and much more. And check out our exclusive logo-branded coffee cups, patches, pins, key chains, magnets and decals.
The Museum appreciates your patronage and support - thank you! To purchase tickets online and learn more about our current hours and protocols, please visit our tickets page.
Come visit! The Delta Blues Museum is open year round, Monday through Saturday. Plan your trip through Delta Blues' website or call us at 662-627-6820 for more information. Hope to see you soon!
BUY-A-BRICK AT DELTA BLUES MUSEUM
Pay tribute to family, friends or co-workers by giving them a place in blues history! When you purchase a custom-engraved blues brick for just $100, your customized brick will be incorporated into the architecture of the Delta Blues Museum and on display for generations to come.
Each brick can hold up to three lines of your preferred engraving. Orders of multiple bricks can be purchased and these orders placed together. Location of your brick(s) will be determined by current architectural design.
Call us at 662-627-6820 or place your online order today!
OUR FENDER DONATION ROCKS!
The Delta Blues Museum Student Band was recently gifted two new amplifiers and a new bass guitar, courtesy of Fender.
As our Arts & Education program classes have resumed in-person, our students and instructors are excited to get new gear - a new Fender Rumble 200 bass amp, a Mustang GTX50 guitar amp and a Fender Precision bass are each being put to good use already!
Many thanks to our friends at Fender and to everyone who supports our award-winning after-school program.
MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION GRANT AWARDED
Delta Blues Museum has received a $16,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, as part of the American Rescue Plan and in conjunction with the National E ndowment for the Humanities. This additional COVID relief funding will be used to help offset general operating expenses as we continue to face financial concerns due to the pandemic.
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving more than two million people through grants and special initiatives that enhance communities, assist artists and arts organizations, promote arts education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and other private sources. For more information, visit www.arts.ms.gov
We remain ever grateful to all of our funding partners and donors, especially in these extraordinary times, and we thank MAC for their continued support.
IN MEMORIAM: WILLIAM O. "BILL" LUCKETT, JR.
Delta Blues Museum wishes to express our condolences to the family & friends of former Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett, who supported the Museum's mission for many years as both a patron and friend. We are grateful for his commitment to our work.
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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.
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Clarksdale, MS 38614