It’s true: Mississippi is the True South. It’s also true that Mississippi is the birthplace of America’s music. Country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll .... they all started in Mississippi.
“From the father of country music, Jimmie Rodgers, and the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, to the originators of blues like Son House, Robert Johnson and B.B. King, Mississippi is home to the ones who started it all,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. “Come to Mississippi in May and experience our authentic musical heritage as we celebrate some of the finest musicians, festivals and venues in the world.”
The Mississippi Blues Trail continues its incredible journey of bringing to life the history of blues music all across the state. Blues Trail markers have been placed at sites where blues musicians lived and entertained. Others are situated at historic streets, train depots, blues clubs, cemeteries and even churches where blues musicians made their mark.
This month – May 8 to be exact – marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most famous bluesmen of all time, Robert Johnson. His life and legend have served as inspiration for musicians and storytellers around the world.
Several Robert Johnson 100th anniversary events are scheduled this year including the Official Centennial Concert from May 5 to 8 in Greenwood with free concerts and more to commemorate this historic year and musician.
No musical journey to Mississippi is complete without a visit to the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo and true fans of Elvis will want to be sure to attend the Elvis Festival in Tupelo during June 2 to 5 this year.
For more information about top events in Mississippi take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Mississippi.
To learn even more to help you plan your musical trip to Mississippi in May, go to www.VisitMississippi.org