Explore the Birth of the Blues with a Tour from Memphis to Clarksdale

Backbeat Tours boarding: Backbeat Tours

Sightseers Boarding the Vintage Backbeat Tour Bus

Live music at Rum Boogie Cafe: Andrea Zucker

Live music at the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

Neon Sign on Beale Street: Troy Glasgow

New Year's Eve on Beale Street. Photo by Troy Glasgow.

Blues in Memphis

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American Dream Safari. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

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B.B. King's Blues Club: Amie Vanderford

B.B. King's Blues Club on Beale Street

Buddy Guy Sings "Damn Right I Got the Blues." Photo Credit: Memphis Blues Foundation

Buddy Guy Sings "Damn Right I Got the Blues"

Highway 61 running south from Memphis forms a slice of America represented by a unique genre of music known as the Delta Blues. And any true Blues fan knows you have to travel this route at least once to get a feel of the history and sense of place that put Blues music on the map. 

Good news music lovers, Blues City Tours now offers a Delta Blues Tour day trip from Memphis to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Let the old road sing your song while exploring Clarksdale and Tunica, Mississippi. 

On your tour from Memphis to Clarksdale, you’ll see - 

  • Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club - this Southern juke joint is as down home and authentic as you can get. Stocked with live music, history, a full bar and a great menu (can you say, deep fried tamales and southern catfish?), Ground Zero is a main attraction when experiencing the Delta region. Hey, you never know, maybe you’ll even see Mr. Freeman. 
  • Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art Store - located in the heart of historic Clarksdale, Cat Head is your one-stop shop for everything Mississippi Blues! Named as one of the coolest record stores in America by Paste magazine and included in books like 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Cat Head is filled to the brim with CD’s, book, art and souvenirs dedicated to Blues music. 
  • B.B. King Museum - opened in 2008, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center promotes and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Inside the museum you’ll see artifacts owned by B. B. King and many exhibits about his life and the lives of other musicians who came to fame from the region. 
  • Delta Blues Museum - just inside the Clarksdale Passenger Depot (built in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Delta Blues Museum is packed with significant Blues-related memorabilia, photography, art and even the shack where legend Muddy Waters lived in his youth. 
  • Tunica Blues Museum - on Blues Highway 61, the Tunica Blues Museum and Visitors Center is a gateway to the region and the Tunica Resort area. This one-of-a-kind venue has something for every music fan. 

Tickets for the day-long tour (lasting approximately 11 hours) is $150 for adults and $125 for children. The tour depart on Fridays from the Blues City ticket office at 8 a.m. and arrive back in Memphis around 7 p.m. For more details or to book your day trip from Memphis to Clarksdale, see the Blues City Tours website or phone 901-522-9229.