Music Heritage

Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon & Yank Rachell - Smithsonian Folk festival July 1972, Washington DC

The blues have long been a part of Brownsville’s musical heritage.  Born in the cotton fields and among laboring poor African American’s in the South in the late 19th and early 20th century, these songs speak about the hardships of work, life, and love.  And they have influenced almost every musical genre that followed, including country and rock-and-roll.  Several blues musicians and recording artists have called Brownsville home.  And the music they made was legendary.

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center