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West Tennessee Celebrates its Blues Heritage with the 5th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest

BROWNSVILLE TN: Honoring the music of Blues pioneers Hammie Nixon, Yank Rachell and "Sleepy" John Estes, music fans of all ages are encouraged to gather Saturday, May 23rd at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN for the 5th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest.

This festival attracts Blues enthusiasts from all over the region. Presented by the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center (recent recipient of nine Tennessee Association of Museum Awards in honor of the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School), this free festival will include live music from an eclectic gathering of West Tennessee Blues men and women, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise in/corvette car show, and the famous deep-fried barbecue eating competition.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 12pm-10pm
Location: Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN
Address: 121 Sunny Hill Cove/Brownsville, TN 38012 (located minutes East of Memphis – off of Tennessee’s “Music Highway” Interstate 40, Exit 56 in the heart of the Tennessee Delta)
Tickets: Free Admission
Schedule: A complete schedule is available online at www.Exit56Blues.com, or by calling the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

This year's Exit 56 Blues Fest music line-up opens with Bonafide Blues Band with Linzie Butler. Also performing throughout the afternoon is Sean “Bad” Apple, Last Chance Jug Band, Elam McKnight Band with West Tennessee Bluesman Dudley Harris, Dylan Whitney Band, James “Super Chickan” Johnson, Little Boys Blue and Travis “Moonchild” Haddix.

Blues music has deep roots in American history, which got its start in the Delta regions of the South. “We are excited to be one of the stops on the Americana Music Triangle and after their launch last week, it is clear to see the relationship these genres have along the ‘Gold Record Road,’” says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. “We are pleased to recognize the launch during this festival and also to present entertainers and musicians from sister locations such as Clarksdale, Mississippi.”

For information on the Exit 56 Blues Festival and to see the detailed schedule, please visit http://exit56blues.com, https://www.facebook.com/Exit56BluesFest or call the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

Americana Music TriangleAbout The Americana Music Triangle: The Americana Music Triangle is the world’s #1 music destination - a preservation project along a 1,500-mile stretch of highway that birthed nine uniquely American genres of music (Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, R&B/Soul, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Cajun/Zydeco and Bluegrass). Spanning more than 30 communities along the “Gold Record Road” (the Natchez Trace Parkway, I-10, Highway 90, Highway 61 and I-40), the Americana Music Triangle is a milestone collaboration of cultural attractions across the South. http://americanamusictriangle.com/

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Who will be the next deep-fried BBQ champion?

BROWNSVILLE TN (May 9, 2014):  Do you love barbecue? Have you tried it deep-fried? Registration is now open for those wishing to compete in this year's Deep-Fried BBQ Eating Championship. The competition will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 24, during the Exit 56 Blues Fest held at the  Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.


Drew Magruder of Brownsville, Tenn., won the title of champion last year when he was able to eat 60 deep-fried barbecue bites in 10 minutes. Magruder was among four who competed for the title during the inaugural event.


"People are always asking about our deep-fried barbecue," says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. "It's really delicious and if you're a barbecue fan, you can't help but like the deep-fried version."


Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and will have 10 minutes to eat as many deep-fried barbecue bites as possible. Water and sauce will be plentiful to help wash it down. There is a $5 entry fee and the lucky winner will receive a trophy, t-shirt and prize package. Interested parties are asked to pre-register for the competition by May 23. Complete rules and registration can be found at www.exit56blues.com.


Along with great barbecue, festival attendees can spend the afternoon and evening listening to the Blues. Performers such as the Bonafide Blues Band, Eric Hughes, Elam McKnight, Lorina McMinn and the Myxx and headliners Little Boys Blue will delight with their special mix of authentic Blues music.


Car enthusiasts can cruise-in from 1-3 p.m., to compete for recognitions such as "Cool Chrome" "Most Likely to Get a Ticket" and 12 other fun titles. There is no entry fee and motorcycles are welcome, too.

Arts and crafts vendors will also be on site throughout the afternoon for those wanting to add a little shopping to the Blues mix. Jewelry, woodwork and paintings are just a few of the items you'll find.

Admission to the festival is free. A complete schedule is available online at www.Exit56Blues.com, or by calling the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

Little Boys Blue

Little Boys Blue will headline the 4th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Brownsville, Tenn.

Exit 56 Blues Fest announces music line-up

BROWNSVILLE TN (March 28, 2014) Blues fans will gather May 24 at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville for the 4th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest. The music festival continues to attract Blues enthusiasts from all over the region and is West Tennessee's only dedicated Blues festival outside of Memphis. The event is Saturday, May 24 and begins at noon. It will feature arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise in, a deep-fried barbecue eating competition and an eclectic gathering of West Tennessee Blues men and women.


This year's music line-up opens with Memphis Jones, a regular a B.B. Kings in Memphis and music historian who entertains the audiences with stories about the songs he sings. Also performing throughout the afternoon is West Tennesseans Red Thomas and the Blues Patrol, Lorina McMinn and The Myxx and  Dorothy Guinn and Savannah Shoals. Rounding out the afternoon entertainment is Mississippi's Sean Apple and his All Night Long Blues Band.


Beginning at 5 p.m., the Elam McKnight Band will take the stage with a set of their own before backing up West Tennessee Bluesman Dudley Harris. Also making a first time appearance at the festival  is Tennessee Sax and the Blues Gentlemen. Many will know Tennessee Sax as Linzie Butler, a Jackson native who has performed all over the world.


The Eric Hughes Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Hughes has played the festival since its inception in 2011 and this year brings his complete band to entertain with his special blend of Delta and urban blues. He recently released his fourth CD entitled "Drink Up."


Headlining this year's festival is Little Boys Blue, a band formed in 1993 by the award-winning team of Jimmy D. Taylor, of Brownsville, and Jackson's Steve Patterson. Accompanied by Mark Brooks, Dave Mallard, Dave Thomas and Alex Taylor, this band does "boogie blues with an attitude," encompassing a mixture of electric, acoustic country blues, rhythm and blues and Americana roots music. The group has just finished working in the studio and will soon release their newest CD, "Bad Love," on the Jaxon Record label.


Admission is free. A complete schedule can be found at www.Exit56Blues.com.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 for
Sleepy's Birthday Blues Jam

Sleepy's Birthday Blues Jam

Help us celebrate Sleepy John Estes' 115th birthday with an Acoustic Blues Jam! Bring your acoustic instruments or just your love of the Blues and enjoy an afternoon of great music. Event will feature birthday cake, giveaways and delicious BBQ!

Sponsored in part by the West Tennessee Blues Society.

Event takes place at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tennessee and will be held indoors.

For more information, call 731-779-9000 or email: info@westtnheritage.com

 

 
 

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