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Delta Blues Press Release

March 31, 2011


WHAT: 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.

WHERE: Delta Blues Museum, 1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Mississippi

WHEN: Thursday, April 7th, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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Mississippi: State of Blues is a new exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum, based 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 21st century.

The museum exhibit will feature 31 images from the book including landscapes, iconic structures and portraits of blues artists. 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 opening reception--sponsored by Gold Strike Casino & Resort-Tunica, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Friends of Delta Blues Museum--is open to the public and will feature music by Daddy Rich. Authors Ken Murphy and Scott Barretta will be on hand to sign books and answer questions. The reception is free, and open to the public-donations are welcome.

The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues. The 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 at

Members of the press may contact the Director and/or access the PRESS ROOM for further information, images and materials by registration on the Museum website.

Shelley Ritter, Director