Leland and Clarksdale the Blues museums to go to …
December 7th, 2010
I saw a story from the Associated Press today (Tuesday) about the second phase of a blues museum project in Tunica about to begin. I suppose that is good news, but it makes me think of the two blues museums in the Missississippi Delta that are really worth seeing.
First is the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland, which is part of the Leland Blues Project.
The LBP as well as the museum and the festival which it puts on are the best anywhere.
Billy Johnson heads the group, and his love of the Blues and his dedication to preserving the art form make any trip through the Delta a trip that includes a stop at the museum.
Billy is usually around and is willing to share his knowledge and love of the music and its history. … Just drive through downtown Leland, and you can’t miss it.
Also, if you are looking for a great blues festival, the Highway 61 Blues Festival is the best. Great acts, a great atmosphere and it has been organized on the same weekend as the B.B. King homecoming in Indianola for as long as I can remember.
For more information, go to the Leland Blues Project website … or just go. You will not be disappointed.
Another great blues museum is the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. It is a little more mainstream than Leland, but worth going to anyway. …
Either way, enjoy … I am not sure what the Tunica museum is expected to offer, but Clarksdale and Leland are the originals and you will feel like you have been a part of the blues just by going to them.