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Mississippi Delta Day Tour from Memphis

One Person:  $840
Two Persons:  $440 each
Three Persons:  $305 each
Four Persons:  $240 each

Pick-up time 7:30 am
Return time:  7:30 pm

 Prices Include:

  • Private Car & Driver 12 hrs
  • Admission to Delta Blues Museum Clarksdale
  • Admission to Grammy Museum Mississippi Cleveland
  • Stop at Delta State University Ewing Hall to see Bluesmen Life Masks
  • Stop at Dockery Farms
  • Admission to the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

 Not Included are lunch and gratuities for the driver

 7:30 am leave Memphis and drive down legendary Highway 61.  You will realize that you are in the true “Birthplace of the Blues”. Out of these fields came the original blues singers who performed in local honky tonks and juke joints. The best of these brought their talents to Beale Street in Memphis.  Highway 61 takes you through the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, which is the world’s richest farmland.  Our first stop will be in Clarksdale.  From the 30’s on through the 50’s Clarksdale was a major blues town. John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Little Junior Parker and Sam Cooke were born here. Robert Nighthawk, Bukka White, “Gatemouth” Moore, Eddie Boyd, Son House, and Charley Patton all once lived in the area. Clarksdale became the center of the blues world by virtue of its location smack in the middle of the Delta and Delta blues still come from this source.

9:00 am – 10:30 am you will get the opportunity of touring the Delta Blues Museum, which is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.  Across the street from the museum is Ground Zero Restaurant, a replica of a juke joint owned by the actor, Morgan Freeman.  The intersection of Hwy 61 & Hwy 49 is a famous location for blues music fans.  This is where the most famous bluesman of all time, Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the devil.

11:15 am – 12:10 pm lunch (on own) at one of several wonderful local restaurants.  We suggest either Hey Joe’s Burgers & Beer or the Delta Meat Market (farm to table food), both of which are in the heart of downtown with many quaint shops.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm tour the new Grammy Museum in Cleveland, the only other Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles.  GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm tour drive across the street to Delta State University’s North lobby alcove in Ewing Hall to see almost 60 life masks of bluesmen, each cast directly from the face of the living person.  Blues fans who have long lamented of the lack of photographs of early bluesmen, will rejoice the likenesses of bluesmen in these three-dimensional sculptures, each of which captures the minutest details of a performer’s face.  Included in this remarkable exhibit are the images of Bo Diddley, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, and a host of others.

2:20 pm – 2:45 pm stop at Dockery Farms. “…You might say it all started right here.” – B.B. King.  Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, America’s biggest export at the time. African Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues. Their songs influenced the development of popular music all over the world.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm tour B.B. King’s hometown of Indianola, where you will tour the outstanding new B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, which is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.  It also tells the story of B.B. King’s life from a kid without anything but the dream in his heart and a destiny that would take him around the world.  Against all odds the kid became the King of the Blues.

7:30 pm return to Memphis.

Terms & Conditions: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express. Cancellations less than 30 days before arrival will incur penalties of $25.00 per person plus any supplier fees. Cancellations less than 14 days are non-refundable.

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