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Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues

Very easy to use step-by-step directions and full of great information. Highly recommended if you're planning to explore the area and it's blues sites. One person found this helpful. Some of the directions could have been better, like Robert Johnson's grave site. It wasn't really clear how to get to downtown Greenwood, MS, but we eventually got there!

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Lots of good information. All blues lovers and enthusiasts should get this book before your journey. Lots of good information about the area, and details about the musicians you want to know more about! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I recently used this guide on a tour from Memphis, TN, through the Mississippi delta to discover the blues trail. There are wonderful historical details and information to highlight any tour of the area. Since I couldn't possibly see everything, I will use it again and again. I highly recommend this book for anybody considering a Blues trip into the Delta.

It is the best available resource on the market. Looking at its competitors, they all miss the mark due to either outdated, incomplete, or just plain incorrect information. I have just completed a Delta blues trip and read the book after I returned. Having actually done such a trip provides a very authoritative vantage point from which to judge any such work.

Our trip was preceded by 6 months of online research into every aspect of the Delta and surrounding areas. Over pages of information were accumulated prior to departure. The trip itself covered nearly a mile loop by car that began and ended in New Orleans. He certainly did his homework.

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For goodness sake, he moved there as part of the overall immersion process, LOL! He is proficient at both. It was there we bought the book that got carried home and subsequently read after the fact. If you don't have 6 months to do your own research, just buy his book and read it in a week. Then take it with you and use it as a guide on the road. A work of love. The opportunities to make an important American history connection that are contained in this book are inspirational.

I just got back from the Delta there's only one, isn't there? I drove a small car with my 15 year old son, and the information this book and my experience with the blues provided, prevented the mayhem one frequently associates with excessive exposure between generations from the same family.


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We started in Leland and went to Clarksdale and came down to Greenwood and back to Leland. While I expect to continue to use this book for years to come as my family and I go back to annually visit the in-laws, my sole complaint is the directions. I've driven from Guatemala to Vancouver and been in 26 countries, so I have a well seasoned sense of direction. Perhaps I'm overly pedantic but some of the directions did not anticipate some of the predictable confusion I experienced.

While the directions to Zion Church in Greenwood were good, confirmation such as a green roof or easily visible from a mile away just after the curve to the right would be helpful. It was a lovely church but I was a somewhat self conscious about parking in the driveway. Fortunately there wasn't anyone else there at the time. The graveyard for Mississippi John Hurt was fascinating but the directions could have been a bit better.

When a turn is called out and the driver makes it, I'd prefer to see right away that one should park right after 1. By the time my son read the preceding information, before the distance,to me, I wasn't sure how many tenths of a mile we'd gone. So, do we turn around to the mail boxes or try to guess? We tried the latter and should have tried the former it was getting late in the day. It was well worth it since the graveyard was fascinating in how natural, secluded and private the sites were. Thanks for the tip about wearing bright clothing due to hunters, but I wish that had been in a section in the front: Preparing for Your Journey.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Blues Traveling by Steve Cheseborough. The Holy Sites of Delta Blues 4. At a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the Devil so that he could become a guitar virtuoso and King of the Delta Blues. The Holy Sites of Delta Blues will tell you where that legendary deal was supposed to have been made and guide you to all the other hallowed grounds that nourished Mississippi's signature At a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the Devil so that he could become a guitar virtuoso and King of the Delta Blues.

The Holy Sites of Delta Blues will tell you where that legendary deal was supposed to have been made and guide you to all the other hallowed grounds that nourished Mississippi's signature music. Burnside -- the list of great artists with Mississippi connections goes on and on. A trip through Mississippi blues sites is a pilgrimage every music lover ought to make at least once in a lifetime, to see the juke joints and churches, to visit the birthplaces and graves of blues greats, to walk down the dusty roads and over the levee, to eat some barbecue and greens, to sit on the bank of the Mississippi River, and to hear some down-home blues music.

Blues Traveling is the first and only guidebook to Mississippi's musical places and blues history. With photographs, maps, easy-to-follow directions, and an informative, entertaining text, this book will lead you in and out of Clarksdale, Greenwood, Helena Arkansas , Rolling Fork, Jackson, Natchez, Bentonia, Rosedale, Itta Bena, and dozens of other locales that generations of blues musicians have lived in, traveled through, and sung about. Stories, legends, and lyrics are woven into the text so that each backroad and barroom comes alive.

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Touring Mississippi with Blues Traveling is like having a knowledgeable and entertaining guide at your side. Even people with no immediate plans to visit Mississippi will enjoy reading the book for its photos, descriptions, and lore that will broaden their understanding and enhance their appreciation of the blues. Paperback , pages. Published March 1st by University Press of Mississippi first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blues Traveling , please sign up.

Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues by Steve Cheseborough

Lists with This Book. Apr 13, Marcel added it. I've ready about 6 biographies of old blues singers, taking meticulous notes and doing map research Pretty well everything I came across and more is in this book. Also includes detailed directions to locations. Great book and geared me up with all sorts of facts and great info for our Blues Trails trip!

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