Bellies filled, we were ready to take on Clarksdale. Home to Sam Cooke, Ike Turner, The Delta Blues Museum, The Riverside Hotel, The Ground Zero Blues Club, and one of the funkiest dives anywhere, Red’s Lounge. (click here to see our full story on the Mississippi Blues Trail!)
But of all of the attractions we took in, The Rock & Blues Museum was our favorite. The idea here is to show the progression of The Blues and how it gave birth to so much of our current music. This is accomplished by using a most amazing collection of records and memorabilia laid out as a timeline.
From some of the earliest 78s ever made, to almost every classic from any baby boomer’s teenaged 45 and LP collection, to disco and then modern pop, this place is a trip down memory lane that anyone who’s ever owned a good old vinyl record can get lost in. Curator Theo Dasbach, who collected most of this himself, gave us an in-depth overview. But seriously, we can’t even begin to list the treasures displayed here, it would take page after page and we’d still leave something huge out.
A homemade Diddly Bow.
“Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith was the first Blues record. It was recorded on August 10, 1920.
We love concert contract riders. Here’s one of Muddy Waters’.
The Rolling Stones were greatly influenced by the Blues, their first record covered a Willy Dixon song that was originally performed by Muddy Waters.
As was Eric Clapton. Here his band Cream covered Robert Johnson.
And Bob Dylan…
…and the list goes on.
Bonus Time: The marker for WROX Radio in Clarksdale Mississippi.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
YOUR TURN: Are you a blues fan? Did you learn anything new? Is this a roadtrip you’d consider taking?