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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photo exhibit opening this Thursday at the Delta Blues Museum

This Thursday from 5-7pm the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale will host an opening of the photography show "Gone But Not Forgotten," featuring works by Billy Johnson of Leland. The show features now departed artists from the Delta. Johnson is the founder of the Leland Blues Project, which created both the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland as well as the Highway 61 Blues Festival, which was incorporated into the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival last year -- there is a separate Highway 61 blues stage. 

Johnson writes of the photos, "At these festivals the crowd saw the entertainers on the stage. These photos capture the friendships and camaraderie backstage. Festivals are more of a reunion among friends than a job." Delta Blues Museum director Shelley Ritter commented, "Billy Johnson has been a friend, fan, supporter and promoter of Delta Blues artists. His images capture the carefree, human moments on and off the stage. The artists' ease with Billy and camaraderie amongst themselves really shows through."

The opening will feature music by Bill Abel, and food provided by Oxbow Restaurant. 

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