CLARKSDALE, MISS.: or 662-627-7337.

GETTING THERE: The Mississippi Delta region can be reached by a 90-minute drive from the Memphis airport. A car is essential for Delta visits as many of the spots are remote.

LODGING: Shack-Up Inn: Commissary Circle, Clarksdale; or 662-624-8329. Sunday-Thursday nights, $50-$75; additional $10 Friday-Saturday nights, holidays and festivals. Book early for festival weekends.

GUIDEBOOK: "Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues" by Steve Cheseborough, $22.95 plus shipping, Cheseborough also offers guided tours.

DELTA BLUES MUSEUM: Blues Alley, Clarksdale; or 662-627-6820. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. November-February; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March-October. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5.

GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB: Blues Alley, Clarksdale; or 662-621-9009. Club opens at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Closes at 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, at 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Live music Wednesday-Saturday nights.

CATHEAD BLUES: 252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale; or 662-624-5992.