14th annual Exit 56 Blues Fest May 25-26

CAPTION: Two days of incredible Blues artists, car shows, arts and crafts and food begins Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, during the Exit 56 Blues Fest in Brownsville TN. Among the featured performers is Sister Lucille, a southwest Missouri band with deeply-inspired musical influences combining country, rock, blues and soul into a new collective genre they refer to as “Memphunk.” The complete line-up can be found at Exit56Blues.com.

BROWNSVILLE TN (May 16, 2024): The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center invites Blues enthusiasts to visit Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, for two days of live Blues during the Exit 56 Blues Fest. This year marks 14 years the Center has presented the event that recognizes the musical contributions of legendary Bluesmen Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell, all Brownsville Tenn. natives. The festival takes place on the grounds of the Delta Heritage Center located at Exit 56, just off of Interstate 40.
“Our Brownsville Bluesmen are known around the world and the Exit 56 Blues Fest helps keep their legacy alive and recognized among the Blues community,” says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Director of the Delta Heritage Center. “It’s also important that we recognize the current bluesmen and women who are keeping these traditions alive.”
The Exit 56 Blues Fest does just that with a lineup of regional performers offering a mix of traditional country blues, rhythm and blues, rockin’ blues and everything in between. Also back this year is the Women in Blues feature on Sunday.

This year’s entertainment line-up includes:
Saturday, May 25
10 am: Elam McKnight
11 am: Sean “Bad” Apple
Noon: Simply Leland & Tennessee Smoke
1 pm: The Bonafide Bluesmen (Linzie Butler & Rod Hurt)
2 pm: Old Guys Play The Blues
4 pm: Robert Kimbrough Sr.
5 pm: 61 South with Lew Jetton

Sunday, May 26
10 am: Charlotte Taylor
11 am: Tullie Brae
Noon: Rita Perry
1 pm: Candice Ivory
2 pm: Shy Perry
3 pm: Reba Russell
4 pm: Sister Lucille

Along with great music, attendees can enjoy a Corvette Car Show Saturday and a Classic Car Cruise-In Sunday, arts and crafts and a variety of food – including Brownsville barbecue. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.
More information about the event can be found at www.Exit56Blues.com. 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.