Wednesday, July 10th I made my way back into Ferriday to check off one attraction I had missed: The Delta Music Museum, which had been closed the previous day. It is housed in the old post office, a neat building. The museum broadens its focus from the Ferriday area and features musicians from the whole Delta region. That said, Ferriday still accounts for a good number of them. If you say “the cousins” to someone from Ferriday, they will naturally think of the three people in the picture above. I’ve already written about Jerry Lee Lewis (at the piano). The other two are Mickey Gilley (left) and Jimmy Swaggart (center). They are first cousins, all from Ferriday, all born within a six month span, all talented self-taught piano players. Gilley went more of the country music direction, scoring 17 number one hits. He also opened a successful honky tonk bar in Pasadena, Texas and now a theater in Branson, Missouri. Swaggart started from poor beginnings, preaching the gospel across rural Louisiana. He went on to become a successful televangelist. He had a prolific recording career, totaling over 50 gospel albums. In the 80s and 90s, he had a number of scandals and was ultimately defrocked (not nearly as fun as it sounds) by the Assemblies of God church. The lady who checked me in was helpful in so many different ways. She gave me a couple of souvenirs, a Delta Music Museum jar opener and a helpful list showing all seven wives of Jerry Lee Lewis. It was definitely worth sticking around an extra day to see this museum. I saw a couple more sites before deciding to roll out of town. I left with a really positive impression of Ferriday. I had numerous “I just want to shake your hand and tell you good luck,” interactions with the locals. I’m glad Ferriday found its way into my song.