Southaven in Desoto County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
One such family was that of Bill Patton, Jr. and his wife Annie, who moved here with their five children from the Bolton/Edwards area east of Vicksburg in the early 1900s. The Pattons were relatively prosperous and well educated—Bill Patton later bought his own land and operated a country store in nearby Renova—and their son Charley (born between 1885 and 1891, according to various records) decided to pursue a life in music. He was inspired by an older guitarist,
Patton was a popular performer in the region among both whites and blacks, and at Dockery he often played on the porch of the commissary and at all-night picnics hosted by Will Dockery for residents. He began recording in 1929, and many of the songs he recorded addressed daily life and events in the Delta, including some at Dockery. In “34 Blues” Patton sang of being banished from Dockery by plantation manager Herman Jett, apparently because Patton was running off with various tenants’ women. Patton’s “Pea Vine Blues” referred to a train line that ran from Dockery westward to Boyle, where it connected with the “Yellow Dog” line that led to Cleveland and points beyond. Some of Patton’s relatives continued to live and work at Dockery, and though he roamed the Delta and beyond playing the blues and sometimes preaching, Dockery was his most regular stopping point. Patton died of mitral valve disorder on April 28, 1934, near Indianola.
Erected by The Mississippi Blues Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 56.207′ N, 89° 59.487′ W. Marker is in Southaven, Mississippi, in Desoto County. Marker can be reached from Airways Boulevard north of Church Road West, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Tanger Outlet. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5205 Airways Blvd, Southaven MS 38671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Peavine Branch (here, next to this marker); Hubert Sumlin (within shouting distance of this marker); Charley Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); Living Blues (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Club Ebony (about 300 feet away); Po' Monkey's (about 400 feet away); Albert King (about 400 feet away); Graceland (approx. 7.8 miles away in Tennessee). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southaven.
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
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