Newsletter April 2014

Through one of the longest cold spells in Mississippi's recent history, students and visitors from as close as Memphis and from as far away as Thailand, Australia, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and Sweden traveled to Clarksdale, MS and toured the Rock & Blues Museum the past couple months. 

A facade grant from The Delta Bridge Project, in partnership with Southern Bancorp Community Partners, paid for new signage, new windows and the beginning of on our mural on the outside wall of our building. The first hand painted mural panel has been completed by Mac Crank and features Mississippi blues singers Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry,  Sean "Bad" Apple, T-Model Ford and Robert "Bilbo" Walker. 

Clarksdale's 11th annual Juke Joint Festival coming this April has become a three and a half day event for the Rock & Blues Museum with musicians performing outside the museum starting on Thursday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, 2014 see for the schedule of events at the Rock & Blues Museum on 113 East 2nd Street. 

On Friday, April 11, 2014, a reception will be held in Museum from 5-7 pm for the new art exhibit from Liz Mandeville titled "Views From The Van" which features fresh acrylic landscapes & blues artists at work. 

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, a reception and fundraiser for the Rock & Blues Museum will be held from 5-7 pm in the museum.  The reception celebrates our new exhibits for Mose Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Fat Possum Records.

The exhibit for Mose Allison features a handwritten letter to him from Sonny Boy Williamson, and photos donated by John Allison. Allison was born in the Mississippi Delta on his grandfather's farm in 1927 and became a well known jazz and blues pianists. His first solo album was recorded in 1957.  Mose Allison Sings was released in 1964 which paid tribute to artists like Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Rodgers and Willie Dixon. His own composition, "Parchman Farm" became an international hit and many artists have covered it.

The permanent museum exhibit for Stevie Ray Vaughan, SRV, includes posters, albums, an autographed photo, a back stage pass and, taking center stage, a unique SRV satin jacket (Only 3 jackets were made at the time: one for Vaughan, one for Chuck Permenter and, on display, the one for Chuck's wife, Diane).  The jacket was designed by the late Chuck Permenter, formerly of Whisky Blues here in Clarksdale.  The jacket, photo and back stage pass were donated to the museum by Chuck’s wife, Diane.  Chuck and Stevie were close friends during the early 1980's. Included in the exhibit is a photo of Permenter playing guitar in front of the remnants of Muddy Waters cabin on the Stovall Plantation in the 1980's before the remnants were removed.

The Fat Possum Records exhibit displays a collection of Hill Country blues records and posters of Mississippi artists like R. L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford and Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, all discovered by this Mississippi Indie record label based in Oxford, Mississippi.

Coming up in May is annual Clarksdale Caravan Music Fest, the billboard is up on Highway 61 and we are working on our lineup of performing artists.  Save the dates for the weekend after the Blues Music Awards . . . Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9 through 11, 2014.  Two stages . . . Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art and the Rock & Blues Museum.  The finalized lineup will be posted on and

Update Fundraising Progress!

So far we have raised $7,152 towards our Southern Bancorp Community Partners/Delta Bridge Grant goal of $10,000.  We thank everyone who has contributed so far for your help in this. Please help us further to reach our grant goal!  Visit our website and click on the "donate" button to give by credit card or paypal, or mail a check to Rock & Blues Museum, 113 East Second Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization so your donation may be tax-deductible! Every contribution counts. Thanks to our supporters, we are keeping our doors open in Clarksdale seven days a week, including Sunday! 

We will be following up and calling on folks to help us reach our grant goal. If you would like additional information, call 901.605.8662 or sent us an email  at

Looking forward to another great year at the Museum!

Theo Dasbach, Executive Director

“Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits”....Willie Dixon

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