Music Industry News Network [02-20-2018]



The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center invites blues fans from around the globe to attend the 8th annual Exit 56 Blues Fest May 26-27 in Brownsville, TN. The festival, presented from the porch of the last home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes, will showcase two full days of blues performances including a “Women in Blues” line up on Sunday, May 27 that will be announced soon.

“We’re excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center this year by continuing to showcase top blues performers at the 2018 Exit 56 Blues Festival” says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Executive Director of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. “To see dedicated blues fans return to Brownsville and welcome new audiences to the festival each year is both a pleasure and honor to host at the home of Sleepy John Estes.”

The Exit 56 Blues Fest features live music from an eclectic gathering of blues men and women, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise in/corvette car show, and the famous deep-fried barbecue eating competition.

A full line-up of events and entertainment is below:

Saturday, May 26

• 10 am: Tyler Goodson
• 11 am: Elam McKnight Band
• Noon: Doctor Ocular
• 1 pm: Sean “Bad” Apple
• 2 pm: Maxwell Russell & The Shakedown Kings
• 3 pm: Linzie Butler & the Blues Gentlemen
• 3:45 pm: Car Show Winner Announcement
• 4:30 pm: Deep Fried BBQ Eating Contest
• 5 pm: Dylan Whitney Band
• 6 pm: Lucious Spiller
• 7 pm: Little Boys Blue
• 8 pm: Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers
• 9 pm: Al Corte’

Sunday, May 27 - Women in Blues Showcase
• Line up to be announced soon

Admission is free. Those looking for more information about the event can visit or call or email the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center at the following: 731-779-9000 or The 2018 Exit 56 Blues Fest is presented by the following sponsors: WBBJ- Channel 7 in Jackson, TN, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Jammin’ Jackson 97.7 FM, WHHG-The Hog 92.3, N da Kno with Jazzii A on WNDK Radio, Music on the Couch Internet radio, Cascades – IFC Disposables, Hub City Blueprint, CoreCivic – Whiteville Correctional Facility, Aeneas Internet & Telephone, Brownsville Mini-Warehouses, Brownsville Press, Dr. Clarey Dowling, Rawls Funeral Home and Golden Circle Tire Pros.

About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside, visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also, located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner now home of the world renowned Tina Turner Museum, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is located along the Americana Music Triangle, 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.

To stay updated on the latest news from the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and the
Tina Turner Museum, visit the following recently redesigned site.

Delta Heritage Center:
Americana Music Triangle:


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