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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Delta Blues Museum Band CD release party tonight 5-7pm, new photo exhibit at the Delta Blues Museum

Today at 5pm the Delta Blues Museum Band, consisting of students from the Delta Blues Museum's Arts and Education Program, will perform at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale to celebrate the release of their second CD, From Clarksdale to Kansas City, Volume 2, which features guest appearances from Kenny Brown and Bill Abel. The CD is just $10, with proceeds going to the Arts and Education Program,

The students in the program are taught to play the blues on various instruments, but perhaps more importantly are taught how to play together as an ensemble. The DBM's educational program, as well another program that was led by the late Johnnie Billington, has provided generations of blues musicians for Clarksdale's dynamic live music scene. 

In addition to their regular exhibits, including Muddy Waters' cabin, the DBM is now displaying photographs from George Mitchell, who has a new book, Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967, that collects images from a thirteen-day visit to the Como area. During that visit he met up with artists including Mississippi Fred McDowell and Jessie Mae Hemphill, and made the first recordings of R.L. Burnside. The exhibit was organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art. Go here for some more photos and information about the book.

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