The Delta Music Museum, in the city of Ferriday, offers exhibits on numerous notable rock and blues musicians with ties to the central Louisiana region. Artists profiled include Fats Domino, Percy Sledge, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Conway Twitty, Leon “Pee Wee” Whitaker and former Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis.
The museum tells the story of three Ferriday natives, cousins actually, who rose to national prominence in the 1950s. Jerry Lee Lewis became known nationwide as the wild-haired, piano-playing innovator of the rockabilly music genre, while Mickey Gilley found fame in country music – he charted over 30 Top 40 hits and opened up the world-famous club bearing his name in Houston. Their cousin Jimmy Swaggart became one of the nation’s most successful television evangelists.
Sharing the museum’s focus with the cousins’ story are exhibits interpreting the significant role the central Louisiana Mississippi River region played in the evolution of Southern blues and R&B, gospel and country. Visitors can view artifacts tied to notable names, multimedia exhibits of live performances, frequent live music demonstrations inside the museum and at the restored Arcade Theater Performing Arts Center next door.
The museum is located at 218 Louisiana Avenue in downtown Ferriday. It is open to individuals and groups from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.