Great Southern Drives: Delta Blues Highway
Journey from Memphis to Merigold, Mississippi, for juke joints, hot tamales, and Morgan Freeman at the crossroads.
Article by Farrah Austin
he soul of the Blues Highway―which follows the Mississippi River from Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico―lies along the blacktops
that connect Memphis, Tunica, Clarksdale, Mound Bayou, and Merigold. These are the places where the blues was born―and where
you’ll find down-home restaurants, back-to-basics lodgings, one-of-a-kind shops, and (of course) blues clubs. Follow our map
to this trip along a river filled with history, mystery, and―most of all―music.