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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Private 425 square foot apartment with 1 BR, 1 BA and featuring 'Magic Fingers'

........Start an unforgettable journey into the 'land where blues began'.......The Squeeze Box is a great place to begin your blues road trip and gain an appreciation for an area that gave birth to the blues. The Squeeze Box is located in the heart of historic Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the Crossroads.

Decorated in true funky 'Delta Style' by local artisans, John Magnusson and Randall Andrews, you can't help but appreciate the unique history, hospitality and culture. The Squeeze Box is your blues oasis and will make you feel right at home in the Delta! The 4 room private apartment has all the amenities you expect and more......its fully equipped and all it needs is YOU!

Spend your day exploring the town's rich historical sites, specialty shops, museums and restaurants and breath in our history and lifestyle for a few days or weeks!

Museums: Delta Blues Museum

The Delta Blues Museum was established in 1979. This internationally-acclaimed museum showcases the history and significance of the Blues in this region. It features a wax figure of Blues great Muddy Waters and the famous Muddywood Guitar, videotape and slide-and-sound programs, photographs, recordings, books, memorabilia, archives, and much more. Stovall Plantation was the original home of the Muddy Waters Cabin, which is now located in its new home at the renovated Freight Depot on Blues Alley.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues Heritage Museum

This museum is packed full of music memorabilia and artifacts from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. Follow the evolution of America’s music from blues, R&B, and rockabilly to rock ‘n roll and soul and see how it influenced people all over the globe.

Art Galleries:

Hambone Gallery

111 East Second Street,

Clarksdale Mississippi.

Lambfish Gallery

114 Third Street,

Clarksdale, MS.

A gallery featuring original art and pottery.

Foxtrot Gallery

247 Delta Avenue ,

Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Culture & History: BLUES ALLEY

The renovated passenger train depot, located on Blues Alley, now houses the Dutch Oven pastry, pie and cake bakery and sandwich/soup shop. The Dutch Oven specializes in quality baked items in the tradition of its Mennonite proprietors. The historic depot has been refurbished to its original condition both inside and out. Together, Clarksdale Station, the Delta Blues Museum, the former Greyhound Bus Station, and Ground Zero Blues Club make up Blues Alley.


Tennessee Williams

Clarksdale is the childhood home of America’s most performed playwright, Tom “Tennessee” Williams. Young Tom’s grandfather served as rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church and lived in the parsonage. The church and parsonage are still active today.

Take a walking tour of the nearby historic neighborhood that greatly influenced the characters and events that are well known in Williams’ plays and screen adaptations such as Summer and Smoke,and The Glass Menagerie.

The Birthplace of the Blues


Many say Clarksdale, Mississippi is the very birthplace of the blues. It would be hard to argue against it. Site of countless blues festivals and home to famous blues musicians like Muddy Waters,John Lee Hooker,Big Jack Johnson, and Son House, the city will definitely teach you everything you need to know about the health of the blues in the Delta today.

Historic Blues District & Live Entertainment

The vibe of the blues starts in the Historic Blues District, otherwise known as Blues Alley. Within the city, you’ll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artifacts and memorabilia; actor Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club, where famous blues musicians sling lyrics on a juke joint stage almost every night of the week; and the iconic Crossroads of Hwy 61 & 49, the site where Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil.

One-of-a Kind Lodging

At the 'Squeeze Box' Delta Style rules the day. Designed and decorated by local artists. The Squeeze Box features works by local painters,sculptors, and photographers.

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True Blues

When visitors travel to Mississippi to discover our state's blues musical heritage, they find the real, authentic experience here - especially in places like Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta.

When you arrive in Clarksdale, Mississippi, start at the famed crossroads of Highways 49 and 61, said to be the site of where legendary blues man Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in order to master the guitar. A large sign with crossed guitars marks the spot of this diabolical deal in Delta lore. Highway 61 runs north to south and is often referred to as the 'Blues Highway.'

And now that the Mississippi Blues Trail includes dynamic, historical markers at locations throughout the state, you can visit two new Blues Trail Markers that are now in place in the Clarksdale area at the Riverside Hotel and at Muddy Waters' cabin site.

Speaking of Muddy Waters, Clarksdale, Mississippi, is the home of the Delta Blues Museum. Inside you'll find a wealth of information

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and exhibits about the unique American musical art form that is simply known as 'the blues.' Permanent exhibits such as Muddy Waters' childhood cabin make the Delta Blues Museum a must-see for everyone.

Clarksdale's rich blues history is evident all over town. On Sunflower Avenue you will find the Riverside Hotel made famous by Bessie Smith who drew her last breath there after a car accident. Issaquena Avenue is where beginner blues men of the past cut their teeth through street performances. Wade Walton's Barbershop was once the site of spontaneous blues jam sessions and tall tales by the owner who was friends with blues great Sonny Boy Williamson and W.C. Handy. Finally, while in Clarksdale, Mississippi, make it a point to tune into one of the country's oldest blues stations, WROX 1450-AM.

Another interesting site in the area is Hopson Plantation. The Hopson Planting Company was established in 1852 to grow cotton, the Delta's cash crop. The 4,000-acre property reached its

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heyday in the 1940s when the company was first to grow and harvest a cotton crop produced completely by mechanical methods. No longer a functioning farm, the Hopson Plantation and Commissary stands today in much the same condition as it was more than fifty years ago.

After you've worked up an appetite discovering all of the Mississippi blues history and heritage in Clarksdale, you'll have plenty of places to dine. Right beside the sign marking the historic crossroads is another famous Clarksdale landmark: Abe's Bar-B-Q. Since 1924, barbeque lovers have flocked to Abe's to enjoy tender pulled pork sandwiches and splendid sides. Come hungry and order the 'Big Abe.' Chamoun's Rest Haven Restaurant is indeed a haven of multi-cultural dining in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. An extensive menu features American and Italian fare as well as some of the area's best Lebanese cuisine. Don't leave without sampling the stuffed grape leaves, stuffed cabbage and stuffed kibbie.

A heavy dose of Clarksdale

Clarksdale, Mississippi, is a colorful mix of Delta characters and fascinating places. Discover the Riverside Hotel where blueswoman Bessie Smith died and John F. Kennedy, Jr. slept. Eat at the home of the World's Famous Hot Tamales at Hicks', or dine at Madiidi's, a restaurant owned and frequented by Morgan Freeman. Be sure to do some shopping before you leave town - and here's a unique place you'll want to check out: Taking its name from a type of biscuit of similar size, Cathead Delta Blues & Folk Art store features a full selection of Mississippi blues CDs, videos, DVDs, books and collectibles as well as Southern folk art. It's a great place to find some souvenirs for your friends or for yourself. Be sure to stop in and pick up a memory from your trip to the historic Delta.

We're the crossroads of culture and quirkiness with a heavy dose of the blues.

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  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

John Magnusson

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100% cotton linens (400-600 count), both Down and hypo-allergenic pillows, 100% cotton bath towels, DirecTV, MP3 plug in station


Features an extensive collection of original paintings, photographs,drawings, musical instruments, and art installations from the Mississippi Delta.

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Property Reviews

'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
+1 732 740-6155
Clarksdale Mississippi

Cozy Blues Accommodations!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Comfy setting in the middle of Blues locations in Clarksdale. You can walk to any Blues venue, museums, restaurants and shops. Unique "Delta Style" furnishings! Clean facility and a special touch with a relaxing "Magic Fingers" bed. We will return and recommend to others.
Helpful votes: 2/2
'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
+1 732 740-6155
Clarksdale Mississippi
Ottawa, ON Canada

Everything a blues lover could want, and more!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
Sumptuous? No. Funky and fabulous? Ooooh yeah! This little apartment exudes "quirky with character" and I LOVE it. The pictures for this listing and other reviews say it all.

Living in the midst of all the cool artwork and nods to Clarksdales' musical legends was the highlight of a month-long trip to the South on a blues 'pilgrimage'. Add in the music during and around the Juke Joint Festival and the warm and welcoming people of Clarksdale = musical nirvana for me.

Thanks to John and Mark for creating such a unique experience!

Will I go back? You bet. Already booked for next year.
Owner's Response: Diane,

Thrilled that you enjoyed your week at The Squeeze Box, and your time in Clarksdale. We have you on the calendar for your return stay, and have already made a few new art additions to the place (in addition, we installed a larger flat screen television last week). The live music and arts in Clarksdale is truly remarkable, and getting better every day. Thank you for staying with us, and we'll see you again real soon.


Helpful votes: 4/4
'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
+1 732 740-6155
Clarksdale Mississippi

Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
My husband and I have been visiting Clarksdale for about 10 years and have stayed at a number of places---The Shacks, Bins, Lofts at 5 &10, Honey Hill, and lofts above Ground Zero---but, in our opinion, The Squeeze Box beats the others simply because of it's great location. Not only is it ground level, it is also within walking distance to all of the hot spots in Clarksdale. The decor was funky and full of local art, the bed was huge and comfortable, and there is a great bench right next to the front door--perfect for sitting a spell with a cold beverage.
Helpful votes: 10/10
'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
+1 732 740-6155
Clarksdale Mississippi

Down in the Delta with my main Squeeze

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
Down in the Delta with my main Squeeze.

Arriving from Australia with my Memphis Gal now living in Oz, we knew what we were getting into, having been to Clarksdale before.

Downtown, in the heart of the vibrant and ever changing Blues precinct, there is great pleasure in being able to park the car and leave it parked. We preferred to walk to most places and play or listen to music each night.

Food is plentiful and easy to find from the Squeeze. We stayed 6 nights, and ate in some, because there was a small kitchenette, but mostly took advantage of a number of great restaurants that have sprung up since we were last here. Nothing is more than a slow shuffle away.

A quick trip to Memphis and then back for more squeeze action, a return to the scene of the crime, for a second go round in as many weeks.

Now I'm not sayin' it's a 5 star establishment with all the frills. It's more that it suited exactly what we wanted. A cool and inspiring little place, suitable to have a coupla business meetings, or make a snack and regroup for the next big outing to hear some world class music, or find something good to eat or drink, or get some art into us. Oh and a little tyre kicking as well, but that's a whole other piece of catfish.

We brought a bunch of quarters to ride the magic fingers, and although it's not a bucking bronco, it's a bunch of fun after a hard day and night of social, fun loving local hangouts.

Never turned the Tv on once while here. Who needs it. The show is on the street and in the buildings and the wonderful local people and music . Drink it up.

I am high on lack of sleep, too much coffee, wine and good times, but beyond that, don't sweat the little problems that happen in every room away from the home bed. Embrace the Squeezy, and she will squeeze you back and then some!

Be careful, because Clarksdale and the Delta might get to you and you'll find yourself plotting how to stay here longer...... Others have tried to get away and been sucked in to the vortex of Delta time. We'll be back... it happened to us... See you again soon

Adrian and Carla
Owner's Response: Adrian & Carla,

Welcome back! You are the fastest return guests we have ever had; checked in for a week, went traveling and exploring the Delta for awhile, and back again for 3 more days.We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to Clarksdale, and your stay at The Squeeze Box. Sounds like the Delta may have worked it's magic, and sucked you into the vortex. Tell everyone that you know in Australia that Clarksdale awaits their visit, and we will keep the porch light on for them. Thank you for staying at The Squeeze Box.

Helpful votes: 9/9
'Get Your Blues On' at The Squeeze Box
+1 732 740-6155
Clarksdale Mississippi

Even better the second time

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
The Squeeze box has been open almost a year now and I returned for my second stay. Still a perfect downtown location and delightful apartment. I enjoyed the music at Hambone Gallery across the street and was able to walk to the main stage during the 25th anniversary Sunflower Festival.
This time around I figured out how the sound system worked and had the blues channel playing throughout the apartment.
The Magic Fingers in the bedroom since my last visit was a fun addition - 15 minutes of memories for only a Quarter. It put me to sleep each night.

A great place to stay - wish I could just move in!
Thanks again John, Mark and Sarah for making my festival visit a great one.
Helpful votes: 10/10
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Ground Zero Blues Club, Red's Lounge
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Stone Pony,Yazoo Pass, Lady at the Levee
Car: recommended

Blues,live music,museums,art galleries,Civil War Sites,Literary history (Tennessee Williams),Mississippi River, Gambling casinos

Other Activities: Mississippi River kayak & canoe trips.Civil War sites.

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Availability & Rates

Clarksdale Apartment Rental Rates

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2 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%
Notes Weekday rates are $125.00/night, with a two night minimum.
Single night supplement $25.00

During special events, festivals, weekends, and holidays additional minimum stay requirements and/or rates may be in effect. Please contact John at 732 740-6155 with any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Clarksdale Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Living Area
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower features ample hot water & water pressure
  • The bathroom is decorated by local artisans and features galvenized wall coverings and a large 'blue hue' corrugated, modern shower with Kohler faucets. The featured woodwork and sculptures were done by local artist Randall Andrews. 100% cotton towels are also provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size Sealey Posturepedic
  • The master suite features a King-Size Sealy Posturepedic Plush Pillow-Top Mattress with 400+ thread count cotton linens. The room features the X-Ray Viewing Box with art display featuring photographs by artist Amanda Gresham, original artwork by local artists, and a bedside IPOD/MP3 stereo system. For your comfort, The Squeeze Box now features 'Magic Fingers'. It quickly carries you into the land of 'tingling relaxation and ease'. TRY IT, YOU'LL FEEL GREAT
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • freshwater fishing
The Squeeze Box was designed and decorated in true “Delta Style” by local artisans, John Magnusson and Randall Andrews. This four-room private apartment has central AIR CONDITIONING, and features a large living room, kitchen, master suite, and full bath with shower. The bedroom features a King-Size Sealy Posturepedic Plush Pillow-Top Mattress with 400 count cotton linens. The fully equipped kitchen includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, full size microwave, toaster oven and coffee maker. A stereo system pipes music into all rooms, and has a direct link for your IPOD or MP3 player. A separate IPOD/MP3 system is located bedside. ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY DELTA ARTISTS IS DISPLAYED THROUGHOUT THE FLAT. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE ALSO INCORPORATED INTO THE DESIGN. There is a large covered sidewalk veranda where you can relax, sip a refreshing cool beverage, and recharge your batteries before a night on the town listening to live blues at any of the local clubs or juke joints

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