7:30 am leave Memphis and drive down legendary Highway 61. Out of these fields came the original blues singers who performed in local honky tonks and juke joints. Highway 61 takes you through the heart of the Mississippi River Delta, which is the worlds richest farmland. Our first stop will be in Clarksdale. From the 30s on through the 50s Clarksdale was a major blues town. John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Little Junior Parker and Sam Cooke were born here.
9:00 am 10:30 am you will get the opportunity of touring the Delta Blues Museum, which is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues. The intersection of Hwy 61 & Hwy 49 is a famous location for blues music fans. This is where the most famous bluesman of all time, Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the devil.
11:15 am 12:10 pm lunch (on own)
12:15 pm 1:45 pm tour the new Grammy Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric display that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippis songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.
1:45 pm 2:15 pm tour drive across the street to Delta State University to see almost 60 life masks of bluesmen, each cast directly from the face of the living person. Included in this remarkable exhibit are the images of Bo Diddley, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, David Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, and a host of others.
2:20 pm 2:45 pm stop at Dockery Farms. You might say it all started right here. B.B. King. Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, Americas biggest export at the time. African Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues.
3:30 pm 5:00 pm tour B.B. Kings hometown of Indianola, where you will tour the new B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center, which is where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues. It also tells the story of B.B. Kings life from a kid without anything but the dream in his heart and a destiny that would take him around the world. Against all odds the kid became the King of the Blues.
7:30 pm return to Memphis.