“...You might say it all started right here.” - B.B.King

Dockery Farms was established in 1895 to produce cotton, America's biggest export at the time. African Americans who worked at Dockery, including blues pioneer Charley Patton, created a culture that inspired the music we know as the blues. Their songs influenced the development of popular music all over the world. more

Notes from Dockery Farms
News, music, and musings from the foundation and the farm.

National Geographic "Diggers" Show

National Geographic 'Diggers' Show will air on Channel 276, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 9 p.m. Central Time

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February 21, 2013

National Geographic Visits Dockery

Nationally syndicated TV show, "Diggers," sponsored by the National Geographic Society, filmed at Dockery recently. The show will air February 19, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. Central. One of their discoveries was a hubcap from a Model T Ford which was found near the historic commissary where bluesmen provided entertainment for the Dockery labor force.  

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February 12, 2013

Give My Poor Heart Ease: An oral history of the blues as heard by folklorist William Ferris

Noted historian and folklorist, William Ferris, who serves as the Chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation advisory board, has published a new book called Give My Poor Heart Ease. The book, which includes over 20 interviews from the 1960s and 70s with Mississippi blues musicians, comes with a CD of original music and a DVD documentary. Each story is supported by photos and sound recordings, some of which can be found on the book’s web site.

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January 6, 2012