Barretta presents emergence of Muddy Waters’ classic band sound

March 17, 2016 in Entertainment

By Janice K. Neal-Vincent  Contributing Writer The month of March is devoted to the Hall of Fame at the Old Capitol Museum on State Street in Jackson. On March 2, […]

Mississippi Blues Trail gets over 500k hits on Google Maps

December 27, 2012 in Education, Entertainment, News, Statewide News

This month, the Mississippi Blues Trail’s Google Maps web page reached over 500,000 visits. The map can be accessed from the home page of the Blues Trail as well as from each individual marker page.

“Mississippi’s musical heritage continues to be a major attraction for visitors around the world,” said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “Using interactive technologies like Google Maps makes the Mississippi Blues Trail both an entertaining and informative tool for those planning a visit to our state. We are pleased that so many web users are taking advantage of this valuable resource to learning about Mississippi’s heritage.”

Holmes County honored with blues marker in Tchula

December 12, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Mississippi Blues Trail will unveil the latest marker in recognition of Holmes County and Tchula, Miss. The 167th marker unveiling is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Memorial Park at 15387 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Tchula.

Many blues performers who gained fame in the Mississippi Delta, Jackson, Miss., Chicago and on the southern soul circuit have lived in or near Tchula, including Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Jimmy Dawkins, Jesse Robinson, Lewis “Love Doctor” Clark, Little Smokey Smothers, Arelean Brown and Lester Davenport. Even long after most of its famous sons and daughters had departed, Tchula remained a center of juke joint revelry along Highway 49.

Mississippi Blues Trail honored by Southeast Tourism Society

November 28, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Blues Trail was recently presented an award by the Southeast Tourism Society at the society’s Annual Fall Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Mississippi Blues Trail received a “Tourism for Tomorrow” award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a destination, company or organization in the realm of sustainable tourism with a project that promotes tourism development while safeguarding local culture and/or protecting the environment.

Mississippi Blues Trail honors Otis Spann and Little Johnnie Jones

November 21, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News

Otis Spann and Little Johnnie Jones were the latest musicians honored with a marker on Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker unveiling was at 547 South Roach Street in Jackson.

Otis Spann and Little Johnnie Jones, two of the acknowledged masters of Chicago blues piano, were cousins who lived in Jackson in the 1930s and ’40s. On the vibrant post-World War II Chicago scene they both played with blues king Muddy Waters and other luminaries and were hailed for their stellar work both as accompanists and as featured recording artists. Spann and his family lived on this block of Roach Street.

Rufus Thomas honored with blues marker

October 8, 2012 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News

On Monday, Oct. 1, Rufus Thomas was the latest artist honored with a marker on Mississippi Blues Trail. The marker unveiling was scheduled for 1 p.m. at 30 Lee Creek Road in Byhalia, Miss.

This was the 163rd marker on the trail.

Houston Stackhouse to get blues trail marker today

September 26, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

While Houston Stackhouse never became a major name in the blues, he still played an influential role in the history of the Delta blues as a sideman and mentor.

A Wesson, Miss. native, Stackhouse will be honored today with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail at 2 p.m. in his hometown. The unveiling will take place at 1047 8th Street. This is the 162nd marker on the blues trail.

B.B. King kicks of annual festival with marker unveiling in Kilmichael

August 21, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, National Entertainment, News, Statewide News, The Buzz, This Week, Top Stories

By Monica Land
KILMICHAEL – There is no doubt that legendary bluesman B.B. King is a down-to-earth kind of guy. His superstar status has earned him international and worldwide recognition and his talent and musical abilities are beyond question.
But the singer’s humble nature has become so evident, especially when he makes the time to return “home” to the Mississippi Delta to participate in his annual homecoming celebration.