Gully to Attend Mississippi Picnic as Jimmie Rodgers

Meridian, Miss. Meridian and East Mississippi will be well represented at the Mississippi Picnic in New York City's Central Park this weekend.

Local Jimmie Rodgers tribute artist, Britt Gully, is attending with Jimmie Rodgers Foundation president, Betty Lou Jones.

Gully will perform songs recorded by the Father of Country Music for thousands who gather each year at the 35th Annual Mississippi Picnic.

"It lets us tell the world about Jimmie Rodgers and the museum and the festival," said Jones. "It lets us invite the world to come to Meridian, and to learn more about Rodgers and all of our musical heritage."

Rodgers died at the Taft Hotel in New York City May 26,1933, just after completing his last recording session. He is known as the Blue Yodeler, the Singing Brakeman and is proclaimed to be "the man who started it all" by Bob Dylan.

Four-time Grammy winner and Philadelphia native, Marty Stuart, is headlining the event Saturday in Central Park.