Marker to Note Blues' Influence on Rodgers Music

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Blues Commission is unveiling a marker next month for Jimmie Rodgers, known as the "Singing Brakeman" and "The Father of Country Music".

The commission will hold the unveiling on May 3 in Meridian in conjunction with the 54th annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival.

The marker will be located at Singing Brakeman Park on Front Street in downtown Meridian. It will pay tribute to Rodgers and the influence the blues had on his music.

Heritage Trails director with the Mississippi Development Authority, Alex Thomas, says the marker's placement is tied in with the role the railroad played in Rodgers' music. The Meridian native recorded more than 120 songs.

Thomas, whose office oversees the Blues Trail marker program, said that more than a third of Rodgers' recordings were blues, which he was exposed to as a young man working as a railway brakeman.

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