Jimmie Rodgers Days are officially upon us and The Singing Brakeman has come home for the festivities. Singer and musician Britt Gully brings the music legend to life with his stunning portrayal.
This is the 54th Annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival. Organizers are preparing for a great time and they're looking for big crowds in Singing Brakeman Park.
"Come on out. Cheap prices, great food, barbecue cook-off. We cannot have a better weekend in Meridian than the Jimmie Rodgers Festival," said Betty Lou Jones of the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation.
The three day festival continues through Saturday and there is plenty to keep you busy.
Friday night Mustang Sally performed downtown. The Jimmie Rodgers talent competition is Saturday. The youth division starts at 10 a.m. and the adult division at 3 p.m. Plus, all day long they'll be cooking barbecue.
The singer/songwriter concert is Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets for the concerts are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. There is no admission cost for the talent competition.
But on the first day of the Jimmie Rodgers Festival the Singing Brakemen was being honored in a special way.
The Mississippi Development Authority added the music legend to the Mississippi Blues Trail and unveiled a marker in Singing Brakemen Park.
Heritage Trails director Alex Thomas says Rodgers was a natural choice for the Blues Trail. He says these markers make history come alive for music fans.
"They've heard their music, but the markers give a little bit more detail," said Thomas. "The photos, the images about the history, and it really tells a story about that person and why they're important to Mississippi's music."
The Singing Brakeman is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.