Delta Music Museum and Arcade Theater
Just as the landscape along the Mississippi River changes as it flows from Memphis down through the Delta, so do the musical traditions. From bluegrass to gospel to blues and rockabilly, you can find all these music genres historically preserved and celebrated at the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday, Louisiana.
The diversity of the musical styles showcased here is illustrated best in the lives of three cousins who grew up in Ferriday and who rose to national prominence. Jerry Lee Lewis became a national sensation in the mid-1950s as the wild-haired, piano-pounding innovator of rockabilly music, while Mickey Gilley went on to become a country western star with more than 30 hits in the Top 40 and operating a world-famous nightclub that bears his name in Houston. The third cousin, Jimmy Swaggart, became one of the country’s most successful television evangelists and was known for singing and playing the piano during services.
There are 21 other musical celebrities showcased in the museum including Linda Gail Lewis, Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Conway Twitty, Percy Sledge, Irma Thomas and many others. Visitors enter to the sound of music as tour guides share stories about the musicians.
The museum not only pays tribute to the musical greats of the past; the Arcade Theater next door has been restored and the hall resounds with performances and broadcasts by musicians.