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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

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By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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B.B. King’s Mississippi gravesite getting memorial courtyard

B.B. King bows following a performance.

Nearly seven months after blues legend B.B. King died, his Mississippi gravesite is being turned into a serene spot where fans can pay their respects. A ceremony Friday will unveil a black granite marker that will become the centerpiece of a memorial courtyard outside the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola. The courtyard, with benches, eventually will ...

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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

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GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush. The 38th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Greenville. Rush, who lives in Jackson, began his musical career on Chicago’s West Side blues circuit in the 1960s, nabbing his first hit, “Chicken Heads” in 1971. His sound ...

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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2006 file photo taken in Crystal Springs, Miss., Claud Johnson, seated, son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson, shown in the poster on the right, has died at age 83. Johnson who posed with his own son Michael Johnson, won a legal fight in 2014 to keep the profits from the only two known photographs of his father. (Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger, via AP Photo)

JACKSON — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father’s estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. Claud Johnson was ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

B.B. King bows following a performance.

The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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B.B. King viewing Friday in Vegas before Mississippi burial

In this photo taken on Monday, March 3, 2014, Blues legend B.B. King performs for hundreds at The Moore Theatre in Seattle. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday, at home in Las Vegas. He as 89. ( Jordan Stead/seattlepi.com via AP)

LAS VEGAS — A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being made for services in his hometown next week, King’s business manager said Monday. A private family funeral also will be held in Las Vegas for the guitar genius dubbed theKing of the Blues, who died at his home ...

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Mississippi Blues Trail to honor Gulfport musicians

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Blue Trail will unveil a new marker Tuesday honoring several Gulfport musicians, including Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe. The dedication will be held at 3 p.m. at the “Four Corners” intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The “Four Corners’ was a central location in the decades when the African American communities in ...

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Museum's blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program in India. The program recognizes ...

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Part of U.S. 51 to be dedicated to influential bluesman

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — A segment of U.S. Highway 51 will be dedicated Thursday to blues artist Tommy Johnson. The dedication will be held at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 27 and U.S. 51 in Crystal Springs. The Legislature designated the segment of U.S. 51 beginning from its intersection with Highway 27 and extending south to Pat Harrison ...

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‘Little Boogaloo’ Eden Brent happy singing the blues

Mississippi recording artist Eden Brent knew early on that she had musical talent, but it was only after getting her college degree and learning the basics of performing from one of the Delta’s most-respected and loved bluesmen that she realized music would be her career. “When I was in grade school, every morning we would say the Pledge of Allegiance, ...

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