“[H.C.] Speir’s store on North Farish Street [Jackson, MS], 1929. At right are booths to listen to records. Speir had a custom recorder upstairs to cut acetates for a $5.00 price. Most all of the great Delta musicians came here to get on record or buy blues records themselves.” – Gayle Dean Wardlow, Chasin’ That Devil Music (2000)
Dockery Plantation, incubator of the blues where Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Son House, Willie Brown, John Lee Hooker, Pops Staples, Honeyboy Edwards and other blues legends spent time, performed and honed their craft.
Stovall Plantation, Clarksdale MS. I took these photos while traveling through the Delta in January, 2016. Stovall is where Muddy Waters grew up and first recorded with Alan Lomax, along with Son Simms, Louis Ford and Percy Thomas (the Son Simms Four) in 1941. His original cabin, which sat near the tree in the lower right photo, is now in the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.