Mississippi Blues Trail Series

  • 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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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues its Mississippi Blue Trail Series as we spotlight one of the markers located in Helena, Arkansas. In 2019 while traveling to the world famous King Biscuit Blues Festival, photographer Stephen “Andy” Anderson, photographed an array of markers celebrating the rich music heritage linked to the state of Mississippi. One such marker located on Biscuit Row (Phillips…

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  • An Article by Brenda Germany Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional photos by Brenda Germany Nestled in the lush rolling landscape of Pike County in southwest Mississippi, the city of McComb lies just above the Louisiana state line. Its advantageous location of 100 miles north of New Orleans, 80 miles from Jackson, and 75 miles from Hattiesburg made it the perfect choice for Colonel H. S. McComb, President of the New…

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  • An Article by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson As we continue to explore the Mississippi Blues Trail, we come to the marker honoring the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, located near Avalon, Mississippi. Mississippi John Hurt (1893-1966) became famous after having been rediscovered during the American folk music revival of the early 1960’s. Hurt spent much of his life farming in Carroll County, Mississippi while also performing as a musician…

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