Visiting Devil's Crossroads in Clarksdale MS

MISSISSIPPI - Visiting Devil's Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a great way to experience the city's rich blues history. The area was home to Robert Johnson, a famous blues singer, and songwriter. His music influenced Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton.

Visiting Devil's Crossroads in Clarksdale MS
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The Crossroads Is A Popular Photo Op For Blues Enthusiasts

Located in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the crossroads is a popular photo op for blues enthusiasts.  It is the site of the famous deal that Robert Johnson made with the devil. According to legend, Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for supernatural musical talent.

The legend has spread beyond the Delta, attracting rock stars to search for Johnson's successors in the 1960s. It was also cited as the inspiration for several blues songs.

Clarksdale, Mississippi, is home to the Delta Blues Museum and Delta Blues Trail markers. The museum displays artifacts from the blues' birthplace, while the trail features 100 monuments honoring notable blues residents of the Delta.

The city also boasts pop-up venues and events that increase the availability of live blues music. For example, there is a Juke Joint Festival every spring. These events make the Delta Blues a must-see destination for Delta blues lovers.

Aside from the museum and blues trail, Clarksdale is also home to the Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art and Ground Zero Blues Club. This is a great place to find blues memorabilia and hear live blues music. The club is owned by actor Morgan Freeman and has a thriving blues scene.