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Road trip: Blues travelerRoad trip: Blues traveler

Explore the history of America’s music from the air

Every genre of music is a product of its time and place, which makes spiritual journeys of the devout quite easy.
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Bluegrass of the Appalachians, jazz of the South, and the Motown of Detroit could all be enticing airplane journeys. But perhaps none is more suited to an aerial passage as the migration of the blues.

What began in the Deep South in places such as Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and even Florida made a distinct move up the Mississippi River to cities such as St. Louis, Memphis, and eventually Chicago, home of the electric blues from the middle of the last century.

Touring the Blues Highway by air is not only the most efficient way to see the music’s travel north, it’s also the best. Watching the landscape change from Mississippi Delta to Chicago skyline speaks volumes about the influence musicians had over the years.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO: The Mississippi River is 2,350 miles from its headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

Resources:

AOPA Airport Directory: aopa.org/destinations
Delta Blues Museum: deltabluesmuseum.org
Buddy Guy’s Legends: buddyguy.com

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly

Ian J. Twombly is senior content producer for AOPA Media.

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