8/6 (Sat) – Hidden History of Mississippi Blues book signing
Booksellers at Laurelwood (formerly Davis Kidd Book Store)
387 Perkins Ext, near Poplar Ave.; 901-683-9801
Although many bluesmen began leaving the Magnolia State in the early twentieth century to pursue fortune and fame in Chicago, many others stayed home. These musicians remained rooted to the traditions of their land, which came to define a distinctive playing style unique to Mississippi. They didn’t simply play the blues, they lived it. Travel through the hallowed juke joints and cotton fields with Clarksdale, Mississippi, author Roger Stolle as he recounts the history of Mississippi blues and the musicians who have kept it alive. Some of these bluesman remain to carry on this proud legacy, while others have passed on, but “Hidden History of Mississippi Blues” ensures none will be forgotten.