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October 23rd, 2014

Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: Week 3

While walking downtown I came across Michael Frank, of the Earwig Music Company and Earnest “Guitar” Roy on the streets in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Earnest was interviewing Michael. I thought it worked the other way around? It was good to see both...

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October 16th, 2014

Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: Week Two

Eating out on the road is always a challenge and Tom was able to find some protein (pickled eggs & pigs feet) while shopping. Although the big jars are economical they won’t fit in our over packed car.

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October 9th, 2014

Southern Adventures of Cheryl & Tom: First Week

We made it to the festival [after a late start driving from Nevada and having to find refuge from a huge storm in Arkansas] and wanted to share a bit of info on a few of the amazing artists performing in Mississippi so far.

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September 30th, 2014

Verslag: Mighty Mississippi Music Festival & King Biscuit Blues Festival – Oktober 2014

Onder de noemer Bridging the Blues wordt overkoepelend door de diverse officiële instanties in Tennessee, Mississippi en Arkansas grote inspanningen verricht om de bezoekers rond te leiden in de muzikale rijkdom en historie van de blues. Festivals, musea

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September 29th, 2014

Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee Join the Bridging The Blues Experience

More than a hundred musical events, including 15 festivals, are scheduled for the third annual Bridging the Blues event, a cooperative effort between Arkansas, Mississippi and Memphis that takes place through the end of King Biscuit Festival.

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September 27th, 2014

Selling the blues scene with Wesley Smith

“You can say you don’t like the blues, but the blues did create rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “And, you can trace the blues, music, fashion and art back to the Mississippi Delta.”

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September 26th, 2014

Bridging the Blues Festival

If you are a blues lover, this is THE place to be for the annual Bridging the Blues Festival. Sponsored by three states– Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee–the series of events celebrates the rich music and culture of the region.

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September 24th, 2014

Drivin’ and honky-tonkin’ — Bridging the Blues returns for third year

The state of Mississippi is actively engaged in a campaign to “package” the blues in an effort to promote regional tourism, a prime example being the multi-state Mississippi Blues Trail.

Read entire story on Mississippi Business Journal

September 24th, 2014

Miss., Ark. and Tenn. ‘Bridging the Blues’

Friday is the first day of Bridging the Blues, which spans three weekends and includes musical events across Mississippi, the Arkansas Delta and Memphis.

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September 18th, 2014

Tri States to Bridge the Blues

There should be enough Blues for everyone to round between Sept. 26 and Oct. 12. That's when the third annual Bridging the Blues experience gets underway in the tri-state area of Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. - See more at: http://www.helena-arkans

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October 8th, 2013

Po’ Monkey’s Fires Up the Fall Delta During Bridging the Blues

The delta is beginning to cool off in mid-October as the hot fall sun goes down across the endlessly flat fields of cotton in full bloom. And nestled in the oceans of white cotton crops, an ancient, tiny sharecropper shack that boasts cold beer and low ce

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September 27th, 2013

Bridging the Blues: Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee Join Forces to Celebrate Their Shared Musical Heritage

“It’s a classic win/win/win situation,” says Joe David Rice, the Arkansas Tourism Director, of the tri-state effort. “Tourists don’t pay much attention to state lines—especially international visitors— and we’ve laid the groundwork for an even bigger and

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September 25th, 2013

Bridging the Blues starts this weekend

The Bridging the Blues project starts this weekend with multiple events across the broader Delta region.

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September 20th, 2013

Bridging the Blues — Multi-state effort expects to boost blues-related development

At first take, the Bridging the Blues initiative sounds like a case of misplaced loyalty. Why would a bunch of Mississippians work so hard to boost attendance at the upcoming King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas, and why would Mississippi tourism organ

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September 1st, 2013

Bridging the Blues: It’s all About You!

Super Chicken, Cadillac John, and Kingfish Ingram are living legends among today’s Mississippi/Arkansas Delta blues musicians who are as gifted in their music as their names are colorful. And for the growing numbers folks from around the world who are bea

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March 26th, 2013

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta

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March 19th, 2013

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 2

By the mid-1920s, a million African Americans lived in Mississippi -- a half-million concentrated in the Delta. Through hard work and sacrifice, families freed themselves from sharecropping's imprisoning cycle of debt.

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March 11th, 2013

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

"How has the recession affected the Mississippi Delta?" I asked American Blues Scene magazine editor-in-chief Matt Marshall

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September 28th, 2012

Non-stop Blues in the Delta

Over a 12-day period running through Monday, October 8, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, is overflowing with incredible music and blues-related happenings in a landmark event called Bridging the Blues.

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September 27th, 2012

Bridging the Blues: 3 states celebrate blues music

So, here’s what you do….arrange to be within a few miles of Helena, Arkansas (just across the river in northwestern Mississippi is OK too) right after noon. 12:15 pm to be exact, with a receiver that can still tune to AM radio.

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September 26th, 2012

A ‘Big Menu’ for Blues Fans

Blues in the Delta is still alive, and now it's getting organized. Over the past 10 years, the promotion of blues in the region has grown, including new museums and festivals.

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September 18th, 2012

Bridging The Blues: Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi…Twelve Days Of Blues in the Place They Were Born

A new effort to help fans finds their way through region’s musical riches is “Bridging the Blues,” a twelve-day series of events in late September and early October in the Mississippi Delta, Arkansas, and Memphis.

Read entire story on The Local Voice