Robinsonville in Tunica County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Highway 61 Blues
Travel has been a popular theme in blues lyrics, and highways have symbolized the potential to quickly “pack up and go,” leave troubles behind, or seek out new opportunities elsewhere. As the major route northward out of Mississippi, U. S. Highway 61 has been of particular inspiration to blues artists. The original road began in downtown New Orleans, traveled through Baton Rouge, and ran through Natchez, Vicksburg, Leland, Cleveland, Clarksdale, and Tunica in Mississippi, to Memphis and north to the Canadian border. Mississippi artists who lived near Highway 61 included B. B. King, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Son House, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson No. 2 (Rice Miller), Ike Turner, Robert Nighthawk, Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards, Sam Cooke, James Cotton, Jimmy Reed, and Junior Parker. The first song recorded about the road was
Erected 2008 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 40.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 50.438′ N, 90° 16.387′ W. Marker is in Robinsonville, Mississippi, in Tunica County. Marker is at the intersection of Kirby Road and U.S. 61, on the left when traveling north on Kirby Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6170 Kirby Road, Robinsonville MS 38664, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hollywood Mounds (approx. 7.3 miles away); Johnson Cemetery Mound (approx. 8.7 miles away); Harold "Hardface" Clanton (approx. 12.3 miles away); Town of Tunica Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.4 miles away); Evansville Mounds (approx. 15.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Highway 61 North - Tunica. Mississippi Blues Trail (Submitted on August 26, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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