March 31, 2011
The Delta Blues Museum
will host an Opening Reception for the unveiling of its
latest exhibit, MISSISSIPPI: STATE OF BLUES, based on the
current book by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy and blues
writer Scott Barretta.
Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Thursday, April 7th,
2011 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Download pdf of Press Release
on the latest book from photographer Ken Murphy, whose work
was previously-collected in the coffee table books Mississippi
and My South Coast Home. The result of a three-year
collaboration between Murphy and Oxford-based blues writer
Scott Barretta, the book offers an assessment in both image
and prose of the way blues exists and persists in the in
Among the images
featured are the Juke Joint Chapel, Po Monkey's Juke Joint,
Ground Zero Blues Club, the Blue Front Cafe, the Sunflower
River, Mississippi Slim, Bobby Rush and many more. The reception
is free, and open to the public-donations are welcome.
City of Clarksdale, located at the intersection of Highways
61 and 49 ("the crossroads"), and the surrounding Delta
region are known as "the land where the blues began." Since
its creation, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted,
and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues.
Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library Board
of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum in
1999, the Delta Blues Museum is the state's oldest music
museum. For more information about the Museum or its programs,
please call (662) 627-6820, or visit the Museum web site