Reviews of Blues Traveling

Excerpts from reviews of Steve Cheseborough’s Blues Traveling:

* Blues Traveling is a handsomely packaged travel guide for blues aficionados, full of detailed maps and good photos. — Memphis Flyer.

* …will lead you around musical Mississippi with photos, maps and easy directions.  — Playboy.

* This a great thing you’ve done. A marvelous idea. A gazetteer of blues. It’s very interesting. We’ll be using this as our guidebook. — Paul Oliver, author of Blues Fell This Morning, Story of the Blues, Conversation With the Blues etc.

* A serious blues fan of the Mississippi Delta wouldn’t dare leave home without it. Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues, published by the University Press of Mississippi, is a must have for the traveling blues hound. A brief history in the front of the volume is also worth the price of the book. The book will be found useful decades from now, and Cheseborough and the press are to be congratulated on a regional treasure. — Northwest Arkansas Times.

* Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues is an indispensable book to bring along providing a detailed guide to blues landmarks in Mississippi and surrounding areas. Providing detailed maps and driving instructions the author leads us through places like Memphis, Helena (Arkansas), Clarksdale, Greenwood, Rolling Fork, Jackson, Vicksburg and a host of other tiny towns rich in blues history. Along the way the author breezily points out all sorts of fascinating blues landmarks providing just the right amount of historical background. There’s also some wonderful photos included. For blues pilgrims looking to make the journey this guidebook is required reading and should remain by your side as you travel down those dusty Mississippi roads. — Bad Dog Blues (WITR radio, Rochester, N.Y.) website,

* There are flexible itineraries and maps for serious pilgrims. For curious armchair travelers there’s warm, informative text with history, legends, and anecdotes. Neophytes can benefit from visitors’ etiquette advice, and all readers will broaden their understanding and appreciation of the roots of the blues, the Delta’s uniquely rich gift to the world. — Life in the Delta magazine.

* Blues Traveling is the first and only guidebook to Mississippi’s musical places and blues history. — The Town Talk (Alexandria-Pineville, La.).

* Blues fans — this book is a joy and will incite travel. Cheseborough is an independent scholar and blues performer whose eyes and ears will open up the backroads to blues music in a personal and passionate contribution to music and travel writing. — Victory Music Review.