Blues Locations – Mississippi

Details and images of towns, localities and areas in the state of Mississippi historically related to the blues. Also included are some references to significant aspects of the civil rights movement at key locations / areas.

All location images (photo galleries) are from my personal collection taken during Stateside trips.

Click here for sections of an old blues related map of Mississippi to put the following list of locations in context (opens in a separate window for ease of reference).

 

Avalon and Mississippi John Hurt

Belzoni, Charley Patton, Turner’s Drug Store, Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James

Canton, Elmore James and Hickory Street juke joints

Clarksdale, Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club and the Riverside Hotel

Cleveland, Bolivar County, The Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum, Boyle and the Peavine Branch Railroad

Como, MIssissippi Fred McDowell, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Napoleon Strickland and Otha Turner

Crystal Springs and Tommy Johnson

Dockery Farms Plantation and Charley Patton

Drew, The Staple Singers, Parchman Farm, Bukka White and Son House

Edwards and Charley Patton

Greenville and Nelson Street

Greenwood, Hubert Sumlin, Guitar Slim, Furry Lewis, WGRM Radio and Steve LaVere’s Blues Heritage Museum

Hazlehurst and Robert Johnson

Hernando, Garfield Akers, George ‘Mojo’ Buford, Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson, Dan Sane, Frank Stokes and Robert Wilkins

Hollandale and Sam Chatmon

Holly Ridge and Charley Patton

Holly Springs, Marshall County, Hill Country Blues, R.L. Burnside and David ‘Junior’ Kimbrough

Hopson Plantation & The Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale and Pinetop Perkins

Indianola, B. B. King, Club Ebony and Mary Shepard

Itta Bena, Berclair, B.B. KIng and the Ralph Lembo music store

Jackson, Farish Street, Edwards Hotel, Queen of Hearts, Trumpet Records, Malaco Records, Bobby Rush, Otis Spann and Ishmon Bracey

Leland, Johnny Winter, Son Thomas, Tyrone Davis and Blues Murals

Lula, Charley Patton, Son House, Frank Frost and Sam Carr

McComb, Bo Diddley, King Solomon Hill, Little Freddie King and Omar Kent Dykes

Merigold and Po’ Monkey’s Lounge Juke Joint

Money, Robert Johnson, Bryant’s Grocery and Emmett Till

Moorhead, “Where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog” and Charley Booker

Mound Bayou, Charley Patton, Henry ‘Son’ Simms, Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer

Natchez, Bluff City Blues and Papa George Lightfoot

Nesbit, DeSoto County and Mississippi Joe Callicott

Oxford, Dick Waterman, Fat Possum Records and R.L. Burneside

Rolling Fork, Issaquena County and Muddy Waters

Rosedale, the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad and Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues”

Port Gibson and The Rabbit Foot Minstrels

Ruleville, North Front Street (“Greasy Street”), Railroad Depot and Fannie Lou Hamer

Stovall Plantation and Muddy Waters

Tupelo, blues influences on Elvis Presley, the Tupelo Hardware Store, Shake Rag, and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band

Tutwiler, W. C. Handy, the Railroad Depot, the Tutwiler Mural and Sonny Boy Williamson

Vicksburg and Willie Dixon

West Point and Howlin’ Wolf

 

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Notes

1.  Several details of locations in the section are taken from Wikipedia articles reproduced here for educational use only, augmented with photographs and links by Alan White

2.  Source:  www.wikipedia.org  – used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license (CC-BY-SA);