Our visit to the Delta Blues Museum was a delight! Beautiful photography, interesting displays of artifacts and the reconstructed home of Blues legend Muddy Waters made it a winner.
Make sure you take the time to watch ALL of the movie they show inside Muddy Water’s cabin. You will be surprised…
The gift shop has some cool T shirts and best of all, CDs with music of the old Blues kings (and queens). However, if an old hippie working the shop brings out a magazine photo and says he is “the white guy playing harmonica” … don’t believe his baloney. “The white guy playing harmonica” is the famous harmonica musician Charlie Musselwhite!! LOL
The name of the place is pretty self-explanatory. There's a museum area filled with all sorts of fascinating interactive exhibits and a gift shop. We found the information provided to be very enlightening and instructive, and would recommend this to everyone visiting Clarksdale. Apparently these exhibits are updated on a regular basis, so I won't get into specifics in case I recommend something that isn't there when you visit. Check the website regularly instead!
However, we discovered that the most interesting thing about the Delta Blues Museum is what goes on behind its closed doors. Nathalie and I visited the ladies' restroom and were surprised that the walls were shaking with the sounds of children's music lessons behind held on the other side. We absolutely could not believe how good these kids were, and we actually started dancing right in the bathroom stall -- no kidding!
Obviously this merited further investigation, so we found out that the Museum sponsors a vocational Arts & Education Program for underprivileged local children. For a tuition fee of only $15 per year, the kids are taught to play live music well enough that they actually go out to perform in the juke joints to help support their families. One young girl in the program already has a record contract -- isn't that amazing?! Sponsorship info is also available on the Museum's website.
For more info on children's music training in Clarksdale, visit http://www.bluesed.org which is the site of the Delta Blues Education Fund.