JACKSON, Miss. — Blues is inspired by place — the railroads, fields and slaughterhouses where the musicians once worked by day; by the triumphs and struggles in life; by love found and love lost.

And no place has produced more influential American bluesmen and women than the Mississippi Delta. So it’s only fitting to celebrate some of the most noted musicians who came from Mississippi or whose ties to the genre were formed here. These 25 recordings encapsulate the broad reach of Mississippi’s influence on the blues

W.C. Handy, a Memphis ragtime musician, was a noted bandleader who became known as the “Father of the Blues,” after he encountered the musical style in the town of Tutweiler in the Mississippi Delta. “Yellow Dog Blues” was inspired by the song he heard played by a man while at a train station in Tutwiler.

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