Page 13: Photographer Ken Murphy has the blues

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Photographer Ken Murphy is set to release his third book. The first two, My South Coast Home and Mississippi featured stunning photographs of the Magnolia state.

His new project turns the spotlight on Mississippi's musical heritage. The book is titled Mississippi: State of Blues.

"It took me three years to put this book together," said Murphy. "I traveled across the state capturing everything that has to do with the blues."

Murphy teamed up with blues historian Scott Baretta from Ole Miss to feature photos and stories about the Mississippi Blues connection, including those on the coast.

"This is the 100 Men Hall on Union Street in the Bay," Murphy said, pointing to a now restored, gray building. "Back in the 1920s, blues greats played here."

Murphy shot the 100 Men Hall in the early evening, accentuated by dramatic lighting.

The photographs in Mississippi: State of Blues also look at our state's rich history when it comes to bringing the blues to the world stage.

Murphy said his goal is to showcase interesting things about the state he loves.

"I'm about showing people what Mississippi is all about. The fact is the blues are a Mississippi original. It's just the way it is."

Mississippi: State of Blues should get global attention because of the history of the blues in Mississippi. The book is due in stores November first.

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