--MS Blues Trail--

"Beale Town Bound" Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

400 West Park St
Hernando
662-393-8770
Open year round
www.msbluestrail.org

This Blues Marker honors Hernando musicians Gus Cannon, Jim Jackson and Robert Wilkins, who helped establish Memphis as a major blues center in the 1920s.

Gus Cannon was born in nearby Red Banks in 1883 or 1884 and buried in 1979 in Hernando. Gus was a banjo player who also “played the jug.” He wrote and first recorded the song, “Walk Right In,” which became a number one hit in 1963 for the Greenwich Village folk group, the Rooftop Singers.

Jim Jackson was born in Hernando in 1878, placing him among the earliest-born artists to record blues. His most famous song, “Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Blues,” was widely covered by other artists. Jackson died in Memphis in 1933.

Robert Wilkins first met Gus Cannon and Jim Jackson in 1912 while they were performing together at Mary Cotton’s Place in the West End of Hernando. Wilkins recorded eight singles including “Rolling Stone.” In the late 1930s, Wilkins became a Church of God in Christ minister and in the 1960s, he began performing his blues-inflected gospel music on the blues revival circuit. He remade his blues recording “That’s No Way to Get Along” into the gospel song “Prodigal Son,” which was subsequently covered by the Rolling Stones on their Beggars Banquet album.

Big Walter Horton Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

East Center Street
Horn Lake
Open year round
www.msbluestrail.org

Big Walter Horton, also known as Walter "Shakey Horton" was born in Horn Lake on April 6, 1918, moved to Memphis as a child and  then on to Chicago where he first appeared on the blues scene in the late 1950's.

A quiet, unassuming, and essentially shy man, Horton is remembered as one of the most influential harmonica players in the history of blues. His career encompassed playing blues joints in the Mississippi Delta during the 1920's and 30's, to studio recording with groups like Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Winter in the 1970's. Horton died of heart failure on December 8, 1981. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982.

Joe Callicott Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

Mount Olive C.M.E. Church Cemetery
Nesbit
1919 Getwell Road
662-393-8770
www.msbluestrail.org
Open year round

Born in October 1899, Joe Callicott, was a Nesbit native who spent his whole life in the area south of Memphis and regarded as one of Mississippi's finest early bluesmen. His chief musical associate was Garfield Akers and it was as Akers’ second guitarist that he first recorded in 1929. He recorded some final sessions for the blues documentarian George Mitchell in the late 60’s and served as mentor to Nesbit guitarist Kenny Brown. 

Memphis Minnie Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

New Hope M.B. Church Cemetery
7564 Norfolk Road
Walls
662-393-8770
Open year round
www.msbluestrail.org

Memphis Minnie, born Lizzie “Kid” Douglas in 1897, is considered by many to be the best female blues singer of all time. She received her first guitar in 1905 as a Christmas present, and was among the first twenty performers inducted to the Hall of Fame in the inaugural W.C. Handy Awards in 1980.

The famous tune, "When the Levee Breaks," popularized by Led Zeppelin, was written about the 1927 flood by Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie and recorded by them in 1929. The original recording can be heard here:
http://www.roaddawgblues.com/Walls.html

The Dickinson Family Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

Hernando Public Library
370 W. Commerce Street
Hernando
662-393-8770
Open year round
www.msbluestrail.org

James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (1941-2009) played a central role in the North Mississippi and Memphis blues scene for many decades as a producer, vocalist and pianist. Jim Dickinson is best known as the producer of rock artists including Big Star and the Replacements and for his session work with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

Dickinson went to the Hernando library and checked out a book on Memphis blues music and learned about the famed Memphis Jug Band. He later found Furry Lewis and learned all he could from him before going on to collaborate with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, T-Model Ford, Sid Selvidge and Big Star among others.

Sons Luther and Cody formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1966, a leading blues rock group for the last several decades. Both have also been involved with many side projects with blues, soul and gospel artists.

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