Blues. Country. Gospel. Rock. It all started right here in Mississippi. And you can still experience the real deal at juke joints, festivals, street parties and picnics throughout the state. It’s like taking a road trip through your record collection. Scroll on down to plan your visit and meet some of the genuine characters keeping our music true. Or click straight to city itineraries.

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Bluesman Robert Johnson changed the sound of popular music forever when he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads of Highways 49 & 61 in Clarksdale. Although Son House claims it was actually Highway 8/Highway 1 in Rosedale. Why not visit both? Just beware of hellhounds.

Despite protests of “but I’m a Sunday school teacher,” Jimmie Rodgers’ sister-in-law, Elsie McWilliams actually wrote many of his most beloved country songs. Her rowdy piano is on display at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian.

Of course, Elvis learned to shake and strum in Tupelo. And then there are the countless famous, infamous and not-so-famous bluesmen, troubadours, choirs, and songwriters that planted the seeds for what we now call roots music.

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Take a crash course on the roots, rhythms and significance of Mississippi’s music from these fine Mississippi musicians. Click a video for their tips, insights and inspiration.

Jimbo Mathus

Vasti Jackson

The Accumulators

Rising Star Fife & Drum Band

Oh, Jeremiah

Ming Donkey

Britt Gully

Teardrop City

Ready to hit the road? Music lovers, follow these itineraries for where to eat, stay, and play.