Monday, June 13, 2011

June “Concert on the Porch” to feature Hannah Company, Jupiter Stone

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn., will present the second in its summer concert series "Concert on the Porch" Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m.. The free concert will feature two bands with Brownsville ties, Hannah Company and Jupiter Stone.
Hannah Company
Hannah Company made its musical debut at this year’s Cinco de Mayo Heritage Celebration. Members of the group include Hannah Baynes, Andrew Cooper and Amy and Joe Mallette. Since May, the rock group has enjoyed playing at private parties and other local events.
Jupiter Stone
The members of Jupiter Stone consider themselves “students of music.” Each member brings a different musical style to the group and they mesh to form a modern appeal, bridging generations with their rock and rhythm and blues mix. The band spends its weekends playing in and around Jackson and Memphis and has released a CD, simply titled “Jupiter Stone.” Band members are Josh and Steven Stewart of Brownsville, David Aplin and Kenny Napper.

Concert on the Porch is a family-friendly event and both groups promise something for all ages. You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free evening concert. Grilled hot dogs, drinks and popcorn will be available. You may also pack a picnic or visit one of the nearby restaurants.

Concert on the Porch is a free summer concert series featuring guest artists performing from the porch of Blues legend Sleepy John Estes, located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. The Center is located behind McDonald’s off of Hwy. 76 South and Interstate 40 at Exit 56. For a complete list of summer concerts and more information, visit, or call 731-779-9000.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We're a Poker Run Stop!

The Tennessee State HOG Rally is being held in Jackson, Tenn., this week and we're fortunate enough to be one of their Poker Run Stops. The fun began today and will last through Saturday. Already we are meeting some great folks and having fun (and we don't even own a bike). These Harley owners are a great bunch. Good luck guys and thanks for making us part of your stay in West Tennessee. Come back real soon!

These are our first 3 riders to stop! Fun!

Exit 56 Fun!

We had a blast Saturday at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center's first Exit 56 Blues Fest in Brownsville! Over 400 people turned out throughout the day for arts and crafts, good food, and great blues music. If you weren't here, this is what you missed!
Jackson's Ronnie Thompson performing during the Exit 56 Blues Fest.

Blind Red Rooster singing Sleepy John Estes' "Going to Brownsville"

Blind Red Rooster

The crowds gathered in the shady spots to enjoy the blues music.

Haywood's Got Talent winner Clifton Smith really puts some feelings into his music.

Author Pamela Whinnery discussed her Tennessee Celebrity Cookbook with a festivalgoer.

A Cotton Boll Quilt on display in the West Tennessee Cotton Museum. Part of the "Heritage Quilts of West Tennessee" exhibit.

It was a good night to cruise-in for the Blues. Many came from the Memphis and  Jackson area .

The Diverse Five, featuring Clifton Smith.

Joe Adams of A Cut Above won the "Most Unique Item Award" for his wood puzzles.

Graham Perry and Kevin Kilgore, founding members of the group Tucson Simpson, put on a great show.

The quilt exhibit got a lot of attention and drew viewers from all over West Tennessee. It was sponsored by Pat's Fabrics.

A few of the quilts on display at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center.

Haywood County Reading Railroad's booth won "Most Creative Booth."

Another view of  Reading Railroad's whole tent.