The Delta Blues at Dockery Farms

These musicians, who lived on and around Dockery Farms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, invented a new style of singing and playing guitar. At Dockery Farms, they sang, played, and wrote the haunting songs that influenced music from jazz to rock & roll.

Soulful, fiery and heartfelt, the delta blues began a tradition of a uniquely American style of music.

Henry Sloan


This mysterious forefather and likely founder of the delta blues taught Charley Patton everything he knew.

Charley Patton


Father of the delta blues, teacher and influencer to the generation that brought the blues to mainstream America.

Son House


Proponent of the hollerin’ and moanin’ school of blues, Eddie “Son” House played alongside Charley on his 1930 records.

Robert Johnson


Legend has it that the most famous of the blues players sold his soul in exchange for his talent at Dockery Farms.

Howlin’ Wolf


Learned to play and entertain from Patton himself and went on to record Patton’s Saddle My Pony in 1959.

Pops Staples


Roebuck “Pops” Staples carried Patton’s legacy from the Mississippi lowlands to the stockyards of Chicago.

Honeyboy Edwards


A student of Patton’s and a colleague of Johnson, Edwards was the source of many first-hand accounts of the blues.

From Dylan, the Stones, Clapton, and Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes, the Delta Blues have left their mark.