Mississippi Blues Trail to immortalize the hot tamale

ROSEDALE — The hot tamale is the first food item getting its own marker the Mississippi Blues Trail.

A blues marker honoring tamales will be unveiled Friday at the White Front Cafe in Rosedale. The sign says the Mississippi Delta has long been a cultural melting pot.

Tamales are rolls of corn meal and meat, eaten by Mexican migrant laborers who came to the area in the 1920s. Locals adopted tamales into their cuisine.

Legendary blues man Robert Johnson used imagery of a tamale vendor to describe a woman in his 1936 recording “They’re Red Hot.”

Tamales were initially sold by street vendors and later from stands, groceries, restaurants and blues clubs, including Ruby’s Nite Spot in Leland.

A few Blues Trail markers take note of restaurants that catered to musicians.

The Associated Press