“...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.

Tedeschi Trucks Band performs at Dockery Farms to rave reviews

On April 24, 2016, audience members were treated to an experience like no other. Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, and their 10-piece band filled the stage–the old cotton storage shed on the Dockery property–with their inimitable sound that combines Memphis soul, electric rhythm & blues, country and rock. Coming to play on this historic site meant a lot to the band, and as Derek said, "We first heard about it like a lot of other folks, from liner notes of old blues records, reading about Charley Patton and Howlin’ Wolf, and we recently saw this clip with B.B. King on the property talking about how this is where it all started, so for us just as fans of the music like everyone else, it’s going to be a bit of a pilgrimage to go back to where all this great music happened and really where a lot of American music really sprung from."

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February 8, 2016

Rosanne Cash LIVE at Dockery Farms: Back to the Roots of the Blues: Saturday June 6th, 2015 6:30PM

Rosanne Cash comes full circle to perform songs from her GRAMMY®-winning album that were inspired by this historically significant area of the south. The opening act for this unique event is Eddie Cotton, Jr., the winner of the 2015 International Blues Challenge.
 
Gates will open at 5 p.m. with blues artists Cadillac John, Bill Abel, and Jake and the Pearl Street Jumpers performing at different locations on the Dockery grounds. 
 

Tickets available online and by calling 662-846-4626. Specially priced tickets are available for Delta State University students and Teach for America teachers. Please call 662-846-4626 to purchase those.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Proceeds from this concert benefit the Dockery Farms Foundation.

 

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April 24, 2015

A Personal Video Tour of Dockery Farms

It all started here, according to B.B. King, who helps narrate this video. Take a tour through historic and current day Dockery Farms with our foundation director, William Lester.

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November 9, 2014