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(Photo by Phil Gallo)

The blues was the central topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum Thursday as the Mississippi Development Authority's Dept. of Tourism premiered a new video on the state's musical history and presented three musical acts who call Mississippi home. The blues marker is only the ninth one to be placed outside the state. The 112 that have been posted in Mississippi, which gave the world Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley and B.B. King, constitute a blues trail; a country trail is next on the agenda. In conversation and speeches much was made of the fact that eight percent of all members of the Grammy lifetime achievement recipients hail from Mississippi and that the foundation of blues, country, rock 'n' roll and gospel have a connection with the state. Their work is not done though: The plan to erect another 50 plaques just in Mississippi alone.

Pictured above: Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, left, joined Alex Thomas and Gray Swoope of the Mississippi Development Authority in unveiling a "blues marker" for the museum to commemorate the Grammy Awards' support of the state's music legends.

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The Homemade Jamz Band, a group of three teen siblings and their father Renaud Perry from Tupelo, Miss., played a rowdy 20-minute blues set that included a song about Mississippi hill country and name-checked blues legends such as R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Perry builds the guitar and bass, both of which have muffler-shaped bodies and exhaust pipes. (Photo by Phil Gallo)
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Mississippi Getaway: Transplanted to Holly Springs, Miss., from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Shannon McNally honored the late producer Jim Dickinson and her new home state with Jimmie Rodgers' "Missing Mississippi and You" and her own "Lovely," which she wrote on a drive from Tennessee to Louisiana. (Photo by Phl Gallo)
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Former Squirrel Nut Zippers leader Jimbo Mathus flew in for the event, hand writing a few thoughts of praise for his home state and the education in music and rural life his father provided. Mathis recently finished recording his second solo album, which Memphis Intl. will release. (Photo by Phil Gallo)