Friday, October 19, 2018

Photos from Mississippi

We traversed Mississippi thoroughly during our recent road trip. Here are some photos from the first few days, beginning with some of the many Blues Markers in the state.
We spent a couple of days in Jackson and visited the Queen of Hearts juke joint, where blues artist McKinney Williams (pictured) was having a drink, and Dave, Alan and Lee chose tunes on the juke box. Also Hal and Mal's where the Blue Monday jam features local blues artists including Abdul Rashid (pictured).
We visited Vicksburg during our tour where Willie Dixon came from.
Here's one of me at the Blue Front Cafe, one of the last few remaining juke joints still operating.
We continued to Cleveland to watch Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Flash photography was banned in the theatre.
We also visited Oxford which has a pleasant square at its centre and a couple of blues markers. There is a marker and statue at the university commemorating James Meredith, the first black student to be admitted, but only after a battle. There is also an excellent record store.


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