B.B. King buys juke joint in his Miss. Delta hometown

B.B. King is the new owner of a juke

joint where he and other artists have kept the blues alive for the

past several decades.

Mary Shepard has owned Club Ebony for the past three decades.

She says she sold the club to King because she wants to relax and

spend time with her family.

Shepard tells Greenville TV station WABG that her last day at

the club is April 6.

A Mississippi Delta Blues Trail Marker outside Club Ebony says

several musical icons have played there since 1945, including Count

Basie, Ray Charles, James Brown, Ike Turner - and, of course, King.

Indianola is King's hometown.