NYC Picnic to Honor Jimmie Rodgers

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Jackson, Mississippi Country music star Jimmie Rodgers will be celebrated this weekend at the annual Mississippi Picnic in New York City, where a musician will play songs recently recorded using a guitar once owned by Rodgers.

Britt Gully used Rodgers' custom Martin guitar in February to record a tribute album at the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, Miss., Rodgers' hometown. The museum owns the guitar.

It was the first time the instrument had been played in a recording session in years.

Gully, who is from Kemper County, Miss., said the guitar is valued at $1 million.

He'll play a replica of the instrument on Saturday during the picnic at Central Park, an annual gathering of Mississippians who live in the New York metro area.

Rodgers died in 1933.

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