11th Annual Exit 56 Blues Fest Returns May 29

(Photo): A highlight of the Exit 56 Blues Fest is the annual Women in Blues (WIB) showcase. This year’s one-day event will continue this tradition with a WIB Jam Session as the finale. The festival takes place Saturday, May 29, 10 am – 6 pm, at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.

BROWNSVILLE TN (May 7, 2021): After last year’s shift to virtual, the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville TN is happy to announce the return of the Exit 56 Blues Fest Saturday, May 29. The music festival will be presented as a one day event and will take place from 10 am until 6 pm. Along with local and regional Blues acts, festivalgoers will enjoy a Corvette and Classic Car Cruise In, arts and crafts and great food, including Brownsville barbecue.

“It’s exciting to be able to bring the Blues Fest back this year,” says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Director of the Delta Heritage Center. “Last year’s shift to a virtual platform helped us continue to honor our rural Blues heritage but there’s nothing like having people here in person to enjoy it.”

This year’s entertainment line-up includes:
Saturday, May 29
10 am: Tucson Simpson
11 am: Tyler Goodson
Noon: Linzie Butler & Rob Hurt
1 pm: Simply Leland
2 pm: The Tennissippi Trio (JD Taylor, Yates McKendree and Andrew White)
3 pm: Lorina McMinn
3:50 pm: Sandy Carroll
4:30 pm: Reba Russell
5:15 pm: Women in Blues Jam Session

Safety is a priority for this year’s festival and CDC guidelines will be followed. Attendees will be asked to wear face coverings in the buildings as well as outdoors while in close proximity to those not in their party. Social distancing both inside and out will be encouraged. Sanitizer stations will be located throughout the event. Restroom facilities will be checked and cleaned often. The festival is asking that attendees help keep each other safe by following these guidelines including frequent hand washing.

Admission is free. Those looking for more information about the event can visit www.Exit56Blues.com or contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000 or [email protected].

About the Center: The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, in Brownsville, is a music heritage destination that 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 the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The Delta Heritage Center is also a featured stop along the Americana Music Triangle connecting Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans and an official Tennessee Music Pathways location. To learn more about the Center, visit www.westtnheritage.com or call 731-779-9000.