Clarksdale, Mississippi: The Birthplace of the Blues

Clarksdale, Mississippi: The Birthplace of the Blues

The Mississippi Delta is widely recognized as America’s birthplace of the blues, a style of music expressing the struggles and hardships of African Americans living in this vast and vital area. Although this musical sound and style existed before the 20th century, it really came into prominence in the 1920’s, when record companies first started recording blues artists. The blues' distinct musical style has influenced many other genres of music, including rock and roll, jazz, and soul. Clarksdale, Mississippi, has been one of the main hot-spots for the blues from the start. It…Read more
Meridian, MS: One of the Largest July 4th Celebrations Around

Meridian, MS: One of the Largest July 4th Celebrations Around

Celebrating Independence Day with parades, barbecues, music, and fireworks has been an American tradition almost from the beginning. Congress first authorized pyrotechnics as part of 4th of July celebrations in 1777, and today, more than 14,000 fireworks displays go off across the nation every July 4th. The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays and this year, I’ll be in Mississippi attending Meridian’s July 4th Celebration at Bonita Lakes, which just happens to be one of the largest Independence Day events in the area. Bonita Lakes opens its gates at 3:30…Read more
Corinth, MS: The Crossroads of the Confederacy

Corinth, MS: The Crossroads of the Confederacy

I know I'm lucky.  I get the opportunity to travel all over this country and see all it has to offer.  And,  in my humble opinion, you just can’t beat the Southeast! This region really has something for everyone: beautiful beaches, gorgeous natural settings, all types of art and culture, fine dining and accommodations, and more history than in any other area of America. The Southeast is an especially popular destination for Civil War buffs, and if you fall into that category, or even if you're just curious about this critical time in…Read more