A small mural of blues musician Robert Johnson who, according to local mythology, made a Faustian bargain with the Devil for his talent, adorns the Delta Blues Alley Cafe in Downtown Clarksdale, MS.
As you walk through Downtown Clarksdale, MS, you will notice many old, blighted buildings that still have some of the character left over from a time when the Mississippi Delta hummed with the sounds of the blues.
This is the tourism marker for the intersection of highways 49 and 61 a.k.a. the Crossroads. The Crossroads were made famous by the song Cross Road Blues; a Delta blues song written and recorded by Robert Johnson which became part of the mythology of the Faustian bargain made by Johnson in which he sold his soul to the Devil for his musical abilities. The song was later adapted by Eric Clapton and recorded as simply “Crossroads” with his band Cream.