Mississippi Blues Trail Series

  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Club Ebony at 404 Hannah Avenue in Indianola, Mississippi. Club Ebony has a long and storied history since its inception during the early days of the Chitlin’ Circuit. The term Chitlin’ Circuit indicated Black-run venues across the region during segregation. Johnny Jones first opened Club Ebony in 1948 to…

    Read More »
  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson Piney Woods Country Life School, located just 21 miles south of Jackson, Mississippi, hardly sounds like the name of a school based on music education. However, the school boasts a rich, historical connection to the education and development of many notable Mississippi music artists. The founder and first president of Piney Woods School, Laurence C. Jones, envisioned an educational program that emphasized classroom…

    Read More »
  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson Edited by Johnny Cole The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, an authentic juke joint, located outside of Merigold, Mississippi in an unincorporated area of Bolivar County. The history of the juke joint in Mississippi is essential to understanding the development of the blues. Juke joints were created by using existing buildings and…

    Read More »
  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi located on the campus of Delta State University at 800 W. Sunflower Rd. in Cleveland, Mississippi. Recently while attending the Mississippi Songwriters Festival: Delta Region 2023 in Cleveland, The Southland Music Line thoroughly enjoyed touring the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. In 2016, The GRAMMY Museum in…

    Read More »
  • By Deborah ChathamPhotos by Stephen AndersonEdited by Johnny Cole The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Scott Radio Service Company located at 128 North Gallatin Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi has a rich history of producing some of the most world-renowned musical artists. However, before World War II, Mississippi artists often had to seek alternatives to recording locally. Expensive recording technology left these…

    Read More »
  • By Deborah Chatham Photos by Stephen Anderson Edited by Johnny Cole The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing Ace Records located at 207 W. Capitol St. in Jackson, Mississippi. Nestled about halfway between the iconic Mayflower Café and the historic King Edward Hotel (now the Hilton Garden Inn) is the site of the former Ace Records. Located in the black business district, Ace…

    Read More »
  • By Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the legendary Trumpet Records located at 309 North Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Trumpet Records was the first record company in Mississippi to achieve national stature through its distribution, sales, radio airplay, and promotion of its roster of talent. In his book, Trumpet Records: Diamonds on Farish Street, Marc W. Ryan provides a detailed look…

    Read More »
  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the Edwards Hotel at 235 Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. One of Jackson’s historically most famous hotels is also the site of performances by legendary music artists and several early blues and gospel recordings. The location of this hotel has a long history…

    Read More »
  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail Series at the marker recognizing the Alamo Theatre at 333 North Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to 1949, the theatre occupied two previous locations in the area, first at 134 North Farish Street in 1915 and later at 123 West Amite Street, just off Farish, in the 1920s.…

    Read More »
  • by Johnny Cole Photos by Stephen Anderson Additional Editing by Brenda Germany The Southland Music Line continues our Mississippi Blues Trail 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…

    Read More »
Back to top button