Before there was rock ’n’ roll or R&B, there was the blues. With simple slide guitars and complex vocal rhythms, this distinctive new style of music emerged in the Mississippi Delta around the turn of the 20th century. In humble surroundings, soulful performers quickly found a following here, and the music world would never be the same.
Today, following the path of those talented artists is an easy and enlightening journey. The Mississippi Blues Trail gives blues travelers access to 200 locations throughout the state that played pivotal roles in the growth of this incredible musical genre. You can even create a custom itinerary with turn-by-turn directions to the spots that speak to your own soul. Want to see Dockery Farms near Cleveland, widely considered the spot where blues pioneer Charley Patton found his soon-to-be-emulated sound? Perhaps you’re drawn to the Clarksdale crossroads where legend says Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in return for out-of-this-world guitar skills. Are you interested in paying homage at the birthplace of B.B. King near Itta Bena, or maybe even dropping in at a juke joint to hear a 21st-century take on this timeless style? They’re all here, along with dozens more memorable sites that will have you humming long after you’ve hit the road again.