Blues in Argentina

Blues in Argentina

On Friday, February 3, 2017 at noon in Archives & Special Collections Martín Sassone and Gabriel Grätzer will discuss the fascinating story of how the blues came to Argentina in the late 1930s and influenced major musical developments in the country. Sassone and Grätzer are the authors of Bien al Sur: Historia del Blues en Argentina. Sassone is also is an…

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Scary Blues

Scary Blues

Browsing through the collection of LPs B. B. King donated to the University of Mississippi, I ran across this 1964 Disney recording of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House. Did B. B. King listen to this? Did he play this in the background when trick-or-treaters came to the house? Did trick-or-treaters ever visit B. B.…

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It’s time to step up up your birthday gifts!

It’s time to step up up your birthday gifts!

In 1967 Mrs. Rosalind Lyons wrote letters to a number of her husband’s favorite jazz musicians, asking them to surprise her husband by wishing him happy birthday. Her requests were fulfilled, resulting in the Walter Lyons Scrapbook, which contains letters, postcards, and signed photographs extending birthday greetings to Mr. Walter Lyons. Musicians include Louis Armstrong,…

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Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s

What: Fiddler Harry Bolick will play and discuss fiddle tunes recorded in Mississippi in the 1930s When: Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00pm Where: Faulkner Room – Archives & Special Collections – J. D. Williams Library – University of Mississippi In 1936 and 1939 several hundred fiddle tunes were collected by the Works Progress Administration (WPA)…

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Shape Note Recordings

Shape Note Recordings

You might be surprised to find some non-blues recordings in the Blues Archive. One such collection is the John Quincy Wolf, Jr. Collection, featuring audio recordings of shape note singing. John Quincy Wolf, Jr. was an English professor at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and a self-trained folklorist. He began recording regional folk musicians…

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Blues Poster Collection

Blues Poster Collection

The Blues Archive houses over 2,000 posters. We have currently made almost 800 of them available through our digital collection of Blues Posters. In addition to their visual appeal, these posters can help researchers determine which artists played particular venues at certain times. Graphic design students may find them interesting to see examples of excellent…

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Scott Barretta to receive Governor’s Arts Award

Scott Barretta to receive Governor’s Arts Award

Later today, February 11, 2016, Scott Barretta will receive a Governor’s Arts Award for his many incredible contributions promoting blues around Mississippi and beyond. Many of you know Scott as the voice of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Highway 61 radio show, his music columns in the Clarion Ledger, or perhaps you’ve taken his Anthropology of Blues…

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Hill Country Blues

Hill Country Blues

This weekend (June 26-27) another North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic gets kicked off. If you’d like to learn more about many of the artists who will perform, check out our Matthew Joseph Collection of interviews will Hill Country Blues musicians and experts in the field. Matthew interned at the Blues Archive during the summers of…

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