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Mississippi Blues Heritage
The Mississippi Delta is the true birthplace of the distinctive American musical form known as the blues. Begining in the early 1900's in the Mississippi cotton fields the blues were born. Some say the birth place was Dockery Farms where the blues pioneers, among them Henry Sloan, Charley Patton, Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson, and Roebuck "Pop" Staples lived and learned from one another. They played in the boarding houses and commissary at Dockery, and in the juke joints of neighboring towns where they were joined by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Howlin' Wolf.

Juke Joints
Po' Monkeys
Poor Monkey Road (Lefthand side)
Merigold, Mississippi
The last original Juke Joint in the world, Run by Po' Monkey himself. He's lived in the small sharecropper shack since 16, and it's been around long before that. It's only open (and packed) Thursdays. It's filled with character; money, pictures, and monkeys are stapled across the ceiling. Read More

Club Ebony
404 Hannah Street
Indianola, Mississippi 38751
662-887-2264
Club Ebony is one of the last of the great Mississippi clubs. Genius artists such as Ray Charles, Ike Turner, Count Bassie, James Brown, and B.B. King himself have played at Ebony, which is interestingly B.B. King's hometown. B.B. King is now the owner of this juke joint in his Mississippi Delta hometown. A Mississippi Delta Blues Trail Marker outside Club Ebony says Count Basie, Ray Charles, James Brown, Ike Turner are among the musicians who have played there since 1945. Read More

Blue Front Cafe
107 E. Railroad Ave.
Bentonia, MS 39040
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Historic juke in downtown Bentonia, Mississippi, where Henry Stuckey, Skip James, Jack Owens, Bud Spires, Duck Holmes and many others honed (and continue to hone) the world famous Bentonia Style of Country Blues. The Blue Front is the Bentonia Blues and vice versa—anyone who’s seen the famous Levi’s commercial featuring Jack Owens performing on the front porch of the Blue Front understands...

Ground Zero Blues Club
0 Blues Alley
Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614
(662) 621-9009
groundzerogm@cableone.net
Clarksdale, Ms. has long been known as "ground zero" to blues aficionados from around the world. This statement rings true to just about anyone who has a deep love for blues music. It all started here. That's why Ground Zero Blues Club was created----to celebrate the area's rich blues heritage and to provide a forum in which that heritage can continue. Located a 0 Blues Alley next door to the Delta Blues Museum, Ground Zero features weekly performances by both local and national blues acts, and some rock bands from time to time.

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint
7501 Hwy 57
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39565
288-875-9590
The Shed is a beautiful blues & BBQ joint. For most any blues fan, it's everything you'd expect. These guys do their bar-b-que and their blues with determination. Watch their big outdoor stage for live blues on the weekends, great food & one heck of a unique atmosphere and vibe all year round.

308 Blues Club and Cafe
308 Depot Avenue
Indianola, MS 38751
Email: info@308bluesclubandcafe.com
Phone: 662-887-7800


It is not a Juke Joint ... but is worth mentioning
Dockery Farms
229 Highway 8
Dockery Farms
Cleveland, MS 38732
662 719 1895
Dockery is listed on the National Regestry of Historic Places. BB King was quoted as saying that if you had to name one place where the Delta Blues was born, it would have to be at Dockery. Charlie Patton, the King of the Blues, is given credit for creating a unique style of Blues while he lived on the farm


Mississippi Blues Societies
Central Mississippi Blues Society
PO box 8314
Jackson, MS 39284
Contact: Malcolm Shepherd - President
Tel: 601-519-3696
Fax: 601-366-3125
Email: malshep52@hotmail.com

Crossroads Blues Society of Rosedale, Mississippi
P.O. Box 326
Rosedale, MS 38769-0326
Contact: Will Tierce, President
Tel: 662.719.2277
Fax: 662.759.9883
Email: will_tierce@baxter.com

Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola
P.O. Box 2037
Indianola, MS 38751
Contact: Janet Webb
Tel: 662.887.4913
Email: jmwebb@tecinfo.com

Vicksburg Blues Society
P.O. Box 373
Vicksburg, MS 39181
Contact: Shirley Waring
Tel: 601-634-6179
Email: shirleywaring@bellsouth.net

Howlin' Wolf Blues Society
P.O. Box 1334
West Point, Mississippi
39773
662.494.2921
rramsey@wmps.net

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