Birthplace of the blues

The Mississippi Blues Commission presents the story of Dockery Farms, the ‘birthplace of the blues’. Narrated by B.B. King the film examines how the community at a plantation founded in 1895 become a magnet for blues musicians like Willie Brown, Son House & Charlie Patton.

The film is just one in series featuring monumental places and people from Mississippi in the history of some of America’s finest music.

The Thrill is Gone: B.B. King

Today, May 15th marks the day the Blues died. Musical icon and ‘King of the Blues’, B.B. King passed away in his Las Vegas home at the age of 89. King is known for transitioning blues music from the barrooms and porches of Mississippi to the concert halls and main-stages of the world. Throughout his 7 decade career, B.B. King inspired countless musicians with his blistering solos, smooth gospel, and immaculate charm.

In his honor, we present a full 1974 live performance from B.B. King in Africa. The concert was held in honor of the historic Ali vs. Foreman fight “Rumble in the Jungle.”