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Guitar icon Johnny Winter's emergence on the national music scene in 1969 created a sensation among Rock and Blues audiences. The first of his many hit albums for Columbia Records featured the song "Leland, Mississippi Blues," which paid tribute to his roots here. Winter's grandfather and father, a former mayor of Leland, operated a cotton business, J. D. Winter & Son, at this site. Winter was born in Texas in 1944 but spent parts of his childhood in Leland.
Landrum's Country Homestead & Village is a re-creation of a late 1800's settlement established in 1984 by the Tom and Anne Landrum family. History is brought to life with over 60-buildings nestled on a quiet, beautiful piece of southern landscape. Walking tours, field trips and weddings are held at Landrum's Homestead & Village.
freshwater prawn farm, registration required, retail market and farmer's market
Christmas Tree farm with live reindeer and sleigh rides each year from Thanksgiving Day until we are sold out of Christmas Trees. Pumpkin Patch includes a corn maze, animal park, pig races. Harvest festival is held 3rd weekend of October, annually, and features live entertainment and music.
Little Jr. Parker sang in gospel groups as a child, and played on the various blues circuits beginning in his teenage years. His biggest influence as a harmonica player was Sonny Boy Williamson, with whom he worked before moving on to work for Howlin' Wolf in 1949. In 1950, he was a member of Memphis's ad hoc group, the Beale Streeters, with Bobby 'Blue' Bland and B.B. King. Ike Turner signed him to Modern Records label where he came to the attention of Sam Phillips. He had a string of hits before his death on Nov. 18, 1971, at age 39, during surgery for a brain tumor.
Little Milton Campbell, one of the world's leading performers of Blues and Soul music for several decades, was born on the George Bowles plantation about two miles southwest of this site on September 7, 1933. Acclaimed as both a singer and guitarist, Campbell was a longtime crowd favorite at Mississippi festivals and nightclubs. His hits included "We're Gonna Make It," "The Blues is Alright," and "That's What Love Will Make You Do." He died in Memphis on August 4, 2005.
Lyman Corbitt “Mac” McAnally, Jr., grew up in Belmont, where he sang and played piano at the Belmont First Baptist Church before becoming a session musician and songwriter at the age of fifteen. McAnally wrote and recorded hit songs, their insightful lyrics expanding the range of country music and powerfully evoking the flavor of southern life. He was also a producer and an award-winning guitar player in Nashville from the 1970s into the twenty-first century.
From his boyhood days performing here, Marty Stuart displayed singular zest for every flavor of country music. Beginning as a teenage mandolin player with Lester Flatt, he became an ebullient Grand Ole Opry star, “hillbilly rock” hitmaker, accomplished songwriter, multi-instrumentalist bandleader, and country artifact collector. With a musical missionary’s zeal and a bold showman’s style, Stuart committed himself both to preserving country’s history and contributing to its future.
u-pick strawberries, pumpkin patch, animal viewing, picnic tables, bounce
Evers was the first field secretary for the NAACP in Jackson at the time of his death, June 12, 1963. The small house and site of his assassination, and the neighborhood of similar houses that surround it, make palpable the very simple longings for freedom and opportunity that drove the Civil Rights Movement. As a museum and house in a historic district, the renovated structure informs those who visit of the many sacrifices that took place in Jackson and in Mississippi, and presents a modern link in the succession of Mississippi landmarks that communicate the history of the state.
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