Lucious Spiller

Guitar player Lucious Spiller is pictured performing at the 2018 Exit 56 Blues Fest. He is from Clarksdale, Miss., and returns this year for a noon performance May 25.

The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center has released its lineup of performers for the ninth annual Exit 56 Blues Fest May 25-26 in Brownsville.

The festival, presented from the porch of the last home of blues legend Sleepy John Estes, will showcase two full days of blues performances including a Women in Blues line up on May 26.

“We’re excited to showcase the region’s top blues performers and offer a mix of traditional blues, rhythm and blues, rockin’ blues and everything in between at this year’s festival,” said Sonia Outlaw-Clark, executive director of the center.

“It’s a pleasure to see dedicated blues fans return to Brownsville each year and to welcome new audiences to the festival to help preserve and honor our rural blues heritage,” she said.

The Exit 56 Blues Fest features live music from an eclectic gathering of blues men and women, arts and crafts, car and motorcycle cruise-in, Corvette car show, and the famous deep-fried barbecue eating competition.

This year’s entertainment lineup for May 25 begins with Django Riders at 10 a.m. followed by Poor Howard Stith at 11 a.m., and Lucious Spiller at noon.

Robert Kimbrough Sr. will take the stage at 1 p.m. followed an hour later by Maxwell and The Shakedown Kings.        

At 3 p.m., the Corvette car show announcements will be made, along with the Deep-Fried barbecue eating championship. 

The group Old Guys Play the Blues hits the stage at 4:30 p.m. followed by R.L. Boyce at 6 p.m., Little Boys Blue at 7 p.m. and Sean “Bad” Apple at 8 p.m.

The Dylan Whitley Band wraps up the first day at 9 p.m.

On May 26, it’s the “Women in Blues Showcase” with Rita Nicole Perry beginning the day at 11 a.m. followed by Sandy Carroll at noon and Lorina McMinn at 1 p.m.

Barbara Blue takes the stage at 2 p.m., and Joyce Henderson plays at 3 p.m.

A Women in Blues Jam is the big conclusion set for 4 p.m. Admission is free. Those looking for more information about the event can visit or contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000 or

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