Home to several blues artists, Oktibbeha County and Starkville are part of the Mississippi Blues Trail which highlights the contributions of artists who lived in the area.
Big Joe Williams
Born in 1903 near the Noxubee Swamp at the southern edge of Oktibbeha County, Big Joe Williams was known for his song “Baby Please Don’t Go” which was covered by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Muddy Waters, among others. Williams mentored Muddy Waters and Honeyboy Edwards.
Born in 1910 in the Starkville/Osborn area, Hollins was a guitarist that influenced John Lee Hooker. His songs include “Crosscut Saw Blues,” “Traveling Man Blues,” and “Crawlin’ King Snake.”
Lou Thomas Watts, aka Kid Thomas
Born in 1934 in Sturgis, Kid Thomas‘s work includes “Rockin’ This Joint To-Nite” and “Wolf Pack.” Thomas played the harmonica and was a regular player with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Elmore James.