Last updated: 19June, 2016
"Muddy Waters invented 'lectricity."
  Joe Seneca as Willie Brown in the movie, Crossroads

Where th' southern cross th' dawg
B.B. King & John Lee Hooker
The two gentlemen below, Riley B. King and John Lee Hooker, have been special to me for more years than I can recall. They are two of Mississippi's greatest sons. We lost John Lee on June 21, 2001 and B.B. on May 14, 2015. They are missed by blues enthusiasts all over the world. May they both rest in peace.  
Other than the images in which I appear, images of book and DVD covers and the one of Sam Myers on the Jackson page, the above image is the only one on the site that I did not photograph. The word "HEROES" is my addition.  If, by including it in this site, I am infringing on a copyright I will immediately remove it upon notification from the copyright holder. 
                          ~ RD
Photo by Bill Reitzel
Music: R.L. Burnside, Death Bell Blues
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The Delta Paintings of L. Jerald Beasley
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Home page ~ R.L. Burnside, Death Bell Blues

Avalon page ~ Mississippi John Hurt, Avalon My Home Town

Clarksdale ~ Muddy Waters, Rock Me

Crawford Page ~ Big Joe Williams, Baby Please Don't Go

Crystal  Springs page ~ Tommy Johnson, Big Road Blues

Greenwood page ~ Robert Johnson, Crossroad Blues (alternate take)

Helena, Ark. page ~ Rice "Sonnyboy Williamson II" Miller, Don't Start Me to Talkin'

Hollandale page ~ The Mississippi Sheiks, Sitting on top of the World

Holly Ridge page ~ Charlie Patton, The Devil Sent the Rain Blues

Indianola page ~ B.B. King, The Thrill Is Gone

Jackson page ~ The Mississippi Sheiks, Sweet Maggie

Leland page ~ Jimmy Reed, Bright Lights, Big City

Moorhead page ~ Mississippi John Hurt, Spike Driver Blues

Murphy page ~ Ry Cooder, See You In Hell, Blind Boy 

Robinsonville page ~ Robert Johnson, Stop Breaking Down Blues

Tupelo page ~ Elvis Presley, That's All Right

Tutwiler page ~ Rice "Sonnyboy Williamson II" Miller, Bring It On Home

Walls page ~  Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie, When the Levee Breaks

On The Road page ~ John Lee Hooker, Hobo Blues

Artwork page ~ John Lee Hooker, Tupelo

Quotes page ~ Elmore James, The Sky Is Crying

Video page ~ Skip James, Devil Got My Woman

Reading Page ~ John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana, The Healer
Blues photos of the Mississippi Delta and beyond

Hello ~
 Welcome to the photographic history of my blues wandering. There are blues tunes on most of the pages, so you might like to have your audio operating. There is a music menu at the bottom of this page.

 Roaming the Mississippi Delta with a cartridge full of blues CDs (or BB King's Bluesville on XM) ranks high on my list of enjoyable pasttimes. Preserving in photographs what I see there is satisfying on many levels. Now that I have realized how quickly the old Delta is disappearing, I wish I had started thirty-five years ago.

You can roam the Delta, too, by clicking on the links in the navigation bar to the left or clicking on the links on the map below to the left of the music menu. If you know of any points of interest in the delta, blues associated or not, that I might include on this site, please take the time to inform me of them by using the email link on the bottom of the navigation bar at left or email me at:

 Any comments, criticisms or suggestions are welcomed as well.
                        Thanks for stopping by. 
                                        ~   Road Dawg

Where th' southern cross th' dawg
A BLUES pilgrimage for the faithful
Use the navigation bar to view the pages on towns, Delta artwork, quotes, reading, videos, and to email about the site.
Possible third image of Robert Johnson located
1926 Gibson L-1, same model as the guitar played by Robert Johnson.
Photo taken at 
Main Street Vintage Guitars,
Tupelo, Mississippi
At the helm...
The Inez Andreas in Greenville, Mississippi
Ingram Barge Company
length: 219 ft; beam: 55 ft; draught: 12 ft 10 in
The river that built the blues...
The Mississippi River
A couple of good Mississippi Blues Brews. 
On the left is Me & the DEV-ALE, a full rich ale with a nice punch, brewed by Lazy Magnolia, founded 2003, Mississippi's oldest packaging brewery 
On the right is Yalobusha Brewing Company's Mississippi Blues Trail Farmhouse Ale. It's flavorful, smooth with a pleasant aftertaste.
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These three wonderful images of Texas bluesman, Sonny Rhodes, were taken a long way from the Mississippi Delta by Stephanie Seeman at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, Delaware. I thank Stephanie for allowing me to share them on this website and I have no doubt that they will be enjoyed by all who see them. 

Sonny Rhodes
Sonny Rhodes was born November 3, 1940 in Smithville, Texas. He is a fifteen time Blues Music Awards nominee, having won the award for "Instrumentalist-Other' in 2011. The self-proclaimed "Disciple of the Blues" has recorded over two hundred tunes and has released recordings on the Evidence, Galaxy, Ichiban, Kingsnake, Rhoades-Way and Stony Plain labels.