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Mississippi Delta Day Trip from Memphis

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 world’s richest farmland.  Our first stop will be in Clarksdale.  From the 30’s on through the 50’s 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 Mississippi’s 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, America’s 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. King’s 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. King’s 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.

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Graceland's Elvis Presley Mississippi Delta Blues Tour

Trace Elvis Presley’s musical roots, including the influences that inspired Elvis and other artists to begin mixing blues, country, gospel and R&B to create an entirely new sound – dubbed rock ‘n’ roll – which was brought to life in Memphis over 60 years ago. The Graceland Excursions Mississippi Delta Blues Tour will take you on a musical journey during this 9-hour guided excursion from Graceland in Memphis to the Mississippi Delta. Learn the remarkable story of how the blues were born and the role Tunica and the Delta played in building the genre’s legacy with a stop at the Gateway to the Blues Museum. Then, explore the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form at the Delta Blues Museum, where one of the largest pieces of the collection is the actual cabin where legendary blues artist Muddy Waters once lived. You will have the opportunity to lunch on your own at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Next, we'll take you on a stop to the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, 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. Finally, conclude your tour with Southern Sounds at Dockery Farms. This historic site is where musicians invented the blues genre around the turn of the 20th century. It’s a mecca to blues enthusiasts and the home to Charley Patton, the "Father of the Blues."  Trace the influences that inspired the creation of rock 'n' roll with The Graceland Mississippi Delta Blues Tour, guarantee your seat on this popular day trip from Graceland in Memphis by booking ahead today.