Happy Holidays from the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame… here’s what’s happening!

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Dick Waterman’s Exhibit & Sale ends Dec 6 – “Cast of Blues” Opens Dec 11 –

Be a Docent Volunteer – Hall of Fame Facts & Specials – Little Milton’s Nieces Visit

MEMPHIS, TN – Happy holidays from the Blues Hall of Fame, a program of The Blues Foundation If you are in the Memphis area over the holidays, please come and see our museum. Open seven days a week, we are across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum and surrounded by yummy locally-owned restaurants and cool shops. Come and make a day of it on South Main in downtown Memphis!

Closing Show and Sale of Dick Waterman’s photographs – Sunday, December 6, 2pm to 4pm

Our exhibit Dick Waterman’s Blues: 50 Years of Blues Photography will close at end of day Sunday, December 6. Dick will be in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery from 2pm to 4pm to talk with visitors and sell the work on display along with additional matted prints. These photographs, some of his Dick’s favorites, make wonderful holiday gifts. See the framed selection available here for $350 plus tax. You can also order duplicate matted prints from the show. Prints not in the show arehere and here. Matted prints are $325 plus tax. Shipping for all purchases is additional. The deadline to order matted prints is December 3. To purchase framed prints and order matted prints call us at 901-527-2583, ext. 14 or come down on Sunday. A portion of the sales go to The Blues Foundation.

Cast of Blues opening in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery, December 11, 2015 through April 30, 2016

The faces of legendary blues musicians can be touched and explored in a new exhibit at The Blues Foundation. A Cast of Blues, created over the last 15 years by Como, Mississippi resident Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, is the second exhibit in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Gallery.

The opening is Friday, December 11 from 4pm to 6pm and the show will run through April 30, 2016. The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Gallery is free and open to the public. McConnell-Dickerson developed a love of creating sculpture and states that, “Sculpture is the vehicle in which I access a lost sense.” She chose to create the life casts because, “I wanted to discover the faces behind the music I love so I went to Mississippi to map out the visages of the real Delta Blues Men and Women.” To date she has created 59 life masks. Sharon has been named one of the 15 recipients of the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016.

So proud of our docent volunteers!   

We invite you to volunteer as a Blues Hall of Fame docent. Welcome music fans to our exhibits and help them navigate the touch screen interactive displays. It’s so easy to use but we like the personal interaction with our visitors. If you live in the Memphis area, email Nora at for more info at


Blues Hall of Fame Facts and Specials

The Blues Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, high school and college students with I.D. are $8, children 12 and under are free. Members of The Blues Foundation are free as are patients and their families at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Since 1980, the Blues Hall of Fame has recognized performers, songs, albums, literature and individuals who have made invaluable contributions to the art form. The exhibit features artifacts donated and loaned from members, their families, industry professionals and collectors. Unique artwork also represents these performers. The interactive database can be explored on ten touch screens throughout the exhibit with music, video, photos and the narratives written by Blues Hall of Fame Committee member, Jim O’Neal.

Visitors in the Gallery

The nieces of Little Milton and Pat Campbell visited the Blues Hall of Fame in November. Melanie and Brenna Campbell are the daughters of James Campbell of Flint, Michigan, the brother of Little Milton Campbell. They were so pleased to tour the hall of fame and find several artifacts pertaining to Little Milton’s career, including gold records for the singles, “We’re Gonna Make It” and “If Walls Could Talk.”


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