Mis­sis­sippi

Savour the au­then­tic sounds and flavours of Mis­sis­sippi, the birth­place of Amer­ica's mu­sic

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When you want to feel the most au­then­tic Amer­i­can mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence, go where it all be­gan.

Blues, coun­try and rock ‘n’ roll mu­sic are all rooted in the rich cul­ture of Mis­sis­sippi, the birth­place of Amer­ica’s mu­sic.

While the rhythm of the blues beats in every cor­ner of the state, the heart is still the Mis­sis­sippi Delta. Travel to Dock­ery Farms, where blues pi­o­neer Charley Pat­ton lived and worked. Up the road in Cleve­land, the genre’s global im­pact is dis­played at the GRAMMY Mu­seum® Mis­sis­sippi.

Grab some of the Delta’s ta­males from Air­port Gro­cery be­fore you hit the road for the B.B. King Mu­seum and Delta In­ter­pre­tive Cen­ter in In­di­anola.

Down­load the Mis­sis­sippi Blues Trail app and browse nearly 200 his­tor­i­cal spots high­light­ing blues artists and iconic juke joints. Green­wood is home to eight Blues Trail mark­ers, high­light­ing icons such as Robert John­son, Furry Lewis and Hu­bert Sum­lin. Drop by the Crys­tal Grill or Fan & Johnny’s down­town for tra­di­tional and eclec­tic takes on South­ern food.

Fa­ther of coun­try mu­sic Jim­mie Rodgers grew up in Meridian, where his name­sake mu­seum dis­plays his per­sonal gui­tars and mem­o­ra­bilia. A tour of the new Mis­sis­sippi Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Ex­pe­ri­ence – open­ing April 2018 to cel­e­brate the state’s mu­si­cians, ac­tors, writ­ers and other cre­ative artists – pairs well with a meal at Wei­d­mann’s, founded in 1870.

Elvis Pres­ley is known for con­nect­ing blues and coun­try mu­sic, help­ing to pop­u­larise rock 'n' roll, but his story be­gins in Tu­pelo. Tour his first home at the Elvis Pres­ley Birth­place and Mu­seum, then visit Tu­pelo Hard­ware and see where he got his first guitar. No Elvis trip is com­plete with­out John­nie’s Drive-In, the 'King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s' fa­vorite diner.

Down in the ‘city with soul’, you can find Jack­son’s own gospel-in­flu­enced blues at latenight mu­sic spot F. Jones Cor­ner on his­toric Far­ish Street and Hal & Mal’s, which hosts a blues jam every Mon­day night.

Let your in­ner foodie loose in the Fon­dren Dis­trict, where choices range from the up­scale menu at Walker’s Drive-In to gas­tropub fare at Bar­rel­house. Pair a lo­cal brew with pulled pork at Pig & Pint, then en­joy dessert at the soda foun­tain at Brent’s Drugs or cof­fee at Sneaky Beans.

Live mu­sic is alive, every week­end and most week­nights, from Jack­son to Ox­ford to Hat­ties­burg. The Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast is the prime spot for nightlife. For gam­ing and live en­ter­tain­ment, visit Biloxi’s Beau Ri­vage, Im­pe­rial Palace and Hard Rock Casino & Ho­tel. A beach­front sun­set and the walk­a­ble down­town in Ocean Springs is the per­fect way to end your Mis­sis­sippi ad­ven­ture.

“Elvis Pres­ley is known for con­nect­ing blues and coun­try mu­sic,

help­ing to pop­u­larise rock 'n' roll , but his story be­gins in Tu­pelo. Tour his first home at the Elvis

Pres­ley Birth­place and

Mu­seum”

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