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Dr. Jim O'Neal

Research Director

Mississippi Blues Trail

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Mississippi Blues Trail

Background Information


Living Blues Magazine

Sunflower River Blues

Delta Blues Museum

Producer, Writer, Consultant, Historian, Archivist
BluEsoterica Archives & Productions

The Blues Foundation Inc

Rooster Blues Records

University of Mississippi


South Australian Blues




Northwestern University

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When I spoke later with Jim ... [cached]

When I spoke later with Jim O'Neal, the research director for the Mississippi Blues Trail and one of the historians responsible for writing most of the information on the markers, he said that the local founders of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in nearby Indianola had first suggested the statewide markers, which led to getting state funding for the Blues Trail project.

O'Neal, who was the founding editor in 1970 of Living Blues magazine in Chicago and may know as much about the history of the blues as anyone, said he keeps learning more through the ongoing Blues Trail project. The trail has been expanding over the years through a selection process that allows communities to apply for markers.
"We started with a list of the greats, but there was so much local interest," O'Neal said.

About America's Blues [cached]

Jim O'Neal

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Historian & Co-Founder of Living Blues Magazine and Research Director for the Mississippi Blues Trail

Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration | Americana Rhythm Weekly [cached]

For blues enthusiasts, Saturday's events begin at 11:00 a.m. with an expert panel on Robert Johnson's Life & Legacy with Steve LaVere, Scott Ainslie, Scott Barretta and Vasti Jackson, moderated by Jim O'Neal, Research Director of the Mississippi Blues Trail.

American Blues Scene [cached]

Jim O'Neal, Research Director, Mississippi Blues Trail: An important element in the promotion and documentation of blues on the Mississippi Blues Trail, which now has 167 markers in place, has been the public acknowledgment of the troubled racial history of Mississippi. This topic has been addressed directly in the texts of a number of markers.

Highway 61 Radio [cached]

Bluesoterica - Jim O'Neal Boogie Woogie Flu Funky 16 Corners

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