Mississippi Blues Trail Series

  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series at the marker recognizing Meridian, Mississippi’s history of outstanding Rhythm & blues and soul music. The individuals who helped shape this history have been major contributors to the region’s deep African American musical heritage, extending the legacy also molded by gospel, jazz and traditional blues artists. We have…

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  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series in Meridian, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Jimmie Rodgers. We have visited several markers from this area of the state in 2022 and written articles spotlighting the markers dedicated to Howlin’ Wolf and Peavey Electronics. The Mississippi Blues Trail marker honoring the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, “The…

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  • by Johnny ColePhotos by Stephen AndersonFeatured Photo by Brian Smith The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series in Clay County, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Howlin’ Wolf. Earlier this year, The Southland Music Line chief photographer, Stephen “Andy” Anderson, traveled to the Black Prairie Blues Museum which honors Howlin’ Wolf, one of the state’s all-time most famous musicians. Blues great, Howlin’ Wolf, was born Chester…

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  • By Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Johnny Cole “Peavey is the sound of the Mississippi juke joint. That’s our sound and we take it around the world.” – Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars Meridian, MS, the state’s sixth-largest city and the county seat of Lauderdale County, lies approximately 100 miles due east of the state capital, Jackson, and is home to three Mississippi Blues…

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  • By Brenda GermanyPhotos by Stephen AndersonPage Design by Johnny Cole “The Bentonia style is one of the most haunting sounds in all of blues. Its blend of minor-key tuning and bleak, forlorn lyrics create a music that manages to be both enthralling and heartbreaking at the same time.”– Jeff Konkel (Broke and Hungry Records, St. Louis) It is clear that crossroads have played a recurring role throughout the story of…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Jackson, Mississippi is home to an amazing total of thirteen Blues Trail markers. As we continue our series of investigating the many outstanding places recognized for their contributions to the blues, the Summers Hotel and Subway Lounge are our destinations in this article. The Summers Hotel was remarkable in several ways. It was one of two hotels available to African American…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series as we recognize the marker honoring multiple award-winning blues musician Bobby Rush. The 87 year old Rush continues to perform and be praised for his work. Earlier this year, his album Rawer than Raw won the Grammy award for Best Traditional Blues Album, only four years after his album Porcupine Meat won in…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Just an hour south of Memphis, at the legendary Crossroads of MS Hwy 61 and Hwy 49 lies the blues steeped city of Clarksdale, Mississippi. This historic delta city is home to an amazing total of ten Mississippi Blues Trail markers: Cotton Pickin’ Blues, Delta Blues Museum, Ike Turner, Riverside Hotel, Sam Cooke, Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival, The New…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trails Series in Clarksdale, Mississippi at the marker recognizing the great Sam Cooke. The legendary music artist would have celebrated his 90th birthday on January 22nd of this year. Born in 1931, Samuel Cook (later known professionally as Sam Cooke, adding the “e” to his last name in 1957 to signify a new…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Cotton Pickin’ Blues (listed on the Mississippi Blues Trail website as Hopson Planting Co.) highlights one of the most prominent factors in the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the rural South to the North in search of employment and its effect on the evolution of blues music. During the 1920’s to 1940’s Hopson Planting Co., originally established as Hopson Plantation…

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