A Travel-Study Trip to the Mississippi Delta and Memphis
Led by Mark Greenberg
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Chasing the Blues explores the culture and history of the Mississippi Delta, called by folklorist Alan Lomax, “the land where the blues began.” Our itinerary includes such blues landmarks as the “blues crossroads” (where US highways 61 and 49 intersect), the Clarksdale Delta Blues Museum, the Stovall plantation (where Muddy Waters lived), the Tutwiler train station (where W.C. Handy first heard a farmhand singing the blues), and the Mississippi John Hurt Museum. In Memphis, we visit Beale Street, Sun Records, The Rock & Soul Museum, The Stax Museum, Graceland, and The Center for Southern Folklore, where we enjoy a private concert. Along the way, we travel through and discuss important sites of Civil Rights Movement activity, culminating in a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum, located in the former Loraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. We also meet with blues photographer and former manager of blues musicians Dick Waterman, musician/blues scholar Andy Cohen, and others and hear live music featuring local blues musicians at blues clubs and juke joints.

Click on an image for a larger version. (All photos unless otherwise noted © M. Greenberg, 2006, 7, 10, 11, 12)

Blues Chasers at Hollywood Cafe,
Robinsonviille, MS

Blues Chasers at Mississippi John Hurt Museum, Avalon MS
Blues Chasers, Avalon MS
Blues Chasers at Stax Museum, Memphis
Blues Chasers at Sun Studio, Memphis, TN
Dr. Feelgood Potts
Memphis, TN
Blues Chasers,
Tutwiler, MS
Blind MS Morris & Brad French, Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis, TN
Po' Monkey, Merigold, MS
Blues Chasers ('11) at Robert Johnsons' grave, Greenwood, MS
Mississippi John Hurt's grave, Avalon, MS
Fred McDowell's grave, Como,. MS
Dick Waterman and photos, Oxford, MS
Tutwiler, MS
Tutwiler, MS
Clarksdale, MS


Friar's Point, MS
Blues Chasers ('10) at Muddy Waters' home site, Stovall, MS
Big T & Blues Chasers ('06) at Ground Zero, Clarksdale
Blues Chasers ('07) at Sun Studio, Memphis, TN


Mark in Tutwiler (photo A. Doolittle)
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