“[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.