Our Current Travels

Friday, April 23, 2010

A new state.......Mississippi !

We are currently hot on the Blues Trail in Mississippi (and The Natchez Trace Parkway). We have been to Natchez MS where we spent one evening listening to Dexter Allen at the only Blues venue in town, Natchez Manor. He came by our table to chat and we learned he was going to be at the Chicago Blues Festival in June. Since we will be in Ann Arbor in June and my kids living in Chicago, I think we will be seeing Dexter Allen again.

We also visited Ferriday LA, the hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis. Where his sister has the family home (and drive thru party store) set up as a museum in honor of Jerry. We were there during open hours but.....the door was locked and the drive thru business was closed. There was also a Delta Blues Museum in town which was open and we toured.

Next we went to Jackson MS via the The Natchez Trace Parkway. It was a great drive with No Commercial Vehicles allowed on the Parkway. In Jackson we visited more of Blues Trail Markers

and found a bar that had blues music (at least on Monday nights). The band was The Mid Mississippi Blues Society Band and they were great. It also was a jam night so many musicians and singers jumped in and played with the band. Lots of fun.

Back over to Highway 61, the Blues Trail and up to Greenville. Passing thru Onward MS we stopped for lunch at the Onward Store,
which was recommended by some friends. Thanks Jan and Bill. We had a burger and it was ok and the service, ok too. While we were having lunch I noticed this History Marker road sign. Really, the Teddy Bear, I didn't know that. (click on the photo to enlarge it so you too can read the history of the Teddy Bear) Again, the things you find along the American Highways.

Saturday we will drive down to Rolling Fork MS, home of Muddy Waters. Going there for the Deep Delta Festival which is held the first Saturday in May. More on all that later!

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