Blues Travelogues

Pilgrimages to the ‘Land Where The Blues Began’ ….

In this section I invite you, the reader, to share memories of your blues trips to the ‘Land Where The Blues Began’ or indeed any trips with a blues theme.


“Tried and Tested USA Festival Road Trips – 1” by Paul and Cathy

“Tried and Tested USA Festival Road Trips – 2” by Paul and Cathy

“The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of The Blues – This is where the Soul of Man Never Dies” – by Terry Messman

“Annual Road Trip to the Mississippi Delta” (in four episodes) – by Keith Murphy, with complementary photos by Alan White

“Down The Dirt Road : Travelling the Southern States” (in five installments) – by Courtland and Hazel Bresner

“Deep South EarlyBlues Tour “ – by Alan & Christine White

‘Railroadin’ Some’ Book Signing Tour : Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas” by Max Haymes (edited by Alan White)

“Delta Drive” – by Doug Webb

Coming soon:

“Deep South Country Blues, Plantations and New Orleans Jazz”¬† :
Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee (including Memphis, Helena, Clarksdale, Vicksburg, Natchez, New Orleans, Jackson and Nashville)
– by Alan and Christine White

“Piedmont/East Coast Blues and the Civil Rights Movement” :
Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama (including Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Charleston, Chattanooga, Birmingham and Montgomery)
– by Alan and Christine White

“Urban Blues, Chicago and Route 66” :
 Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California (including The Chicago Blues Festival and Route 66 oddities)
– by Alan and Christine White

“Hillbilly Country, Blues Ridge Mountains, The Underground Railroad and The American Civil War” :
Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina (including Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Roanoke, Galax, Petersburg, Richmond and Manassas)
– by Alan and Christine White

“St Louis Blues, Steamboats and The Underground Railroad'” :
Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan (including Chicago, Davenport, Springfield, St Louis, Cairo, Louisville, Cincinnati and Battle Creek)
– by Alan and Christine White


For anyone planning a trip, then these are very good reference books:

Blues Travelling : The Holy Sites of Delta Blues

by Steve Cheseborough

Published by University Press of MIssissippi

ISBN: 1-57806-232-2

Lonely Planet Road Trip: Blues & BBQ

by Tom Downs

Published by Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd

ISBN: 1-74059-574-2