Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Louisiana
Louisiana and Mississippi have long shared a close musical relationship. One of the most important musical paths was that between Natchez and Ferriday, where African American entrepreneur Will Haney operated Haney’s Big House for several decades. In addition to major national acts the club featured local musicians including Ferriday’s Leon “Pee Wee” Whittaker and Natchez’s Hezekiah Early and Y. Z. Ealey. A young Jerry Lee Lewis often visited the club, soaking up the sounds of the blues.
Erected 2010 by Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 107.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 31° 37.786′ N, 91° 33.222′ W. Marker is in Ferriday, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue (State Highway 586) and South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Louisiana Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is outside the Delta Music Museum which is housed in the historic 1939 post office building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 Louisiana Avenue, Ferriday LA 71334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jerry Lee Lewis (a few steps Jimmy Lee Swaggart (a few steps from this marker); Mickey Gilley (a few steps from this marker); Haney's Big House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leon "Pee Wee" Whittaker (approx. 0.2 miles away); DePrato Mounds (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elkhorn Plantation Mound (approx. 6.8 miles away); Frogmore Mound (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferriday.
Also see . . . The Delta Music Museum.
Just as the landscape along the Mississippi River changes as it flows from Memphis down through the Delta, so do the musical traditions. Gospel and blues to jazz, bluegrass to country, and rock’n’roll to rockabilly-- all these musical genres and more are preserved and celebrated at the Louisiana Delta Music Museum in Ferriday. (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 10, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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