Friday, March 28, 2014

Exit 56 Blues Fest announces music line-up

Little Boys Blue will headline this year's Exit 56 Blues Fest May 24. The festival is free and held annually on the grounds of the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville.
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 Lorina McMinn and The Myxx and  Dorothy Guinn and Savannah Shoals; along with 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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We're excited to share this post with our readers. DeVanté is a student volunteer and a great asset to have around the Center. He is friendly and greets our visitors well. We will certainly miss him when he goes off to college. We hope you enjoy his view of our Center.

 View of a Student Volunteer
By DeVanté Douglas

DeVanté Douglas
I have been a volunteer at the Delta Heritage Center for quite some time now. The Delta Heritage Center is not your typical "museum" if you would like to call it that. It is a wonderful place to stop by if you live in town or if you’re from out of town and just stopping by for a quick second, the place is filled with nice and helpful people.

As a student I have learned so much about the Heritage Center and I absolutely love to volunteer here. I encourage more young people to volunteer, not just for community service but to spend a little time at the Heritage Center to get familiar with our history.

One thing I know for sure is that the wonderful people here sure wouldn't mind having you volunteer. That should make the transition a little better to make for you as young person and as a student. I know it helped me. Of course you could go volunteer at bigger places but that wouldn't mean anything if the people didn't treat you well.

To me it’s all about the people; how they treat each other and those who visit. Believe me when I tell you it will be hard to find anyone nicer than the women at the Delta Heritage Center.
Living or visiting the small town of Brownsville you might think that it doesn't have any historical value. That’s where you would be wrong.  The Delta Heritage Center has a lot of information that you would be surprised to learn. So many things have happened in our town.

The Delta Heritage Center is unique and a good place to visit and volunteer. The Center goes to show you size doesn't mean everything and smaller museums can be full of interesting things. You can’t judge a book by its cover and the Delta Heritage Center is something you have to visit and experience for yourself.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Center receives award for art exhibit brochure

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center was recently honored with an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM). Accepting the award for its "Two Sides to Every Story" art exhibit brochure is Sonia Outlaw-Clark, director of the Center. The award was presented by TAM President Adam Alfrey at award ceremonies held March 19, 2014, in Greeneville, Tenn.

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center recently received an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) during its annual conference in Greeneville, Tenn.
The award recognized the Center for a brochure highlighting the 2013 art exhibition "Two Sides to Every Story." The exhibit showcased the work of Memphis artist John Sadowski and featured realism and abstract works. The realism work depicted regional landmarks and points of interest.
The organization's annual Awards Banquet was held at Greeneville's historic General Morgan Inn March 19. Attendees visited the Andrew Johnson historic sites and the Dickson Williams Mansion prior to the award ceremony held on the hotel terrace.
Founded in 1960, TAM fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies and other members in order to keep the public informed on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee's cultural, historical and scientific heritage. The organization also encourages best practices in Tennessee museums and continued education among its members. To learn more about TAM, visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Did you attend Flagg Grove School?

Flagg Grove School is currently being restored at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tennessee.
Did you attend Flagg Grove School in the northwest area of Haywood County near Nutbush and Ripley? If so, we would like to talk with you and document your stories about the school and what it was like to attend there.
The Center is also seeking items from the school including pictures of the school, class pictures, old school books, school and PTA programs, and any other items relating to the school.
Flagg Grove School is currently being restored and stories and items collected will help tell the story of the school and the students who attended. 
It will also house memorabilia from its most famous student, Anna Mae Bullock, known worldwide as Tina Turner.

If you attended or  have information related to the school, please contact us at 731-779-9000 or email