Birth of the Blues

  • Start: Morgan City, MS
  • End: Oxford, MS
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:34
  • Total Mileage: 132 Miles
  • Number of stops: 5


Chicago might claim to be the "Blues Capital of the World," but if you're looking for an atmosphere of gritty, from-the-roots blues, you must head to the juke-jointin', Colt-45 swiggin', dust and dirt-ridden backroads of the Mississippi Delta. Better known for its opulent plantations, endless cotton fields, and rich Civil War heritage, the Mississippi Delta is also the birthplace of the blues. Developed from antebellum work songs and field hollers that retained more than a hint of African roots, the blues laid much of the groundwork for rock 'n' roll icons such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Janis Joplin. Ground zero for the blues is Clarksdale, Mississippi and the intersection of US 61 and US 49 -- otherwise known as the Crossroads. Legend has it that while traveling around the Delta looking for gigs, blues pioneer Robert Johnson met the devil at the Crossroads. Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for guitar-playing prowess, so the story goes. You're gonna get down and dirty on this excursion, so pop some Muddy Waters in the CD player, leave the kids with Grandma, and head out for a trip where you just might meet the Hoochie Coochie man himself!

Stop #1:

Robert Johnson Memorial(s)
Morgan City, MS

Stop #3:

Riverside Hotel
Clarksdale, MS

Stop #4:

Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Stop #5:

Ground Zero Blues Club
Clarksdale, Mississippi

Stop #6:

The Blues Archive at Ole Miss
Oxford, MS

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