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This Blues Trail Marker honors Robert Nighthawk, American blues musician born on Nov. 30, 1909. A blues musician, Nighthawk played and recorded under the pseudonyms Robert Lee McCoy and others. He was born in Helena, Arkansas, but grew up in Friars Point, MS.
Museum features permanent exhibition of Blues and Rock 'n Roll memorabilia from the 1920's thru the 1960's. Antiques, movie posters, etc.
Sam Carr, Bertha Lee, and Frank Frost Blues Trail Marker is set in Lula, MS where they grew up. All of them made the Blues famous in the 1920's and 1930's. Lee was most famous for recording with and being the wife of Charlie Patton.
Sam Chatmon (c. 1899-1983), a celebrated singer and guitarist who spent most of his life in Hollandale, sometimes performed with his brothers in a renowned family string band billed as the Mississippi Sheiks. He embarked on a new solo career after coming out of musical retirement in the 1960s. Many local musicians have performed here on Simmons Street, known as "the Blue Front," once one of the most vibrant centers of Blues activity in the Delta.
Snowden Grove Amphitheater has hosted acts such as ZZ Top, Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Whitesnake, Willie Nelson. Fixed seating for 4,000 and additional seating for 7,000 on the lawn.
Formed in 1987 when three local musicians—Joe Lee Huffman, Willie Gene Huffman, and Robert Eaton—got together to play music and share supper, the Sparta Opry has become a community institution. Having offered more than 100 country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel performances some years, all staffed by volunteers, the Opry has become a beloved destination for residents of Chickasaw County and beyond.
Lifeboat Church, where Howlin' Wolf sang as a boy, and St. Peter's United Methodist Church, established in the mid-1800s, combined in the 1960s to form St. Peter's.
Sun House Studios
Described by owner, artist, musician, and teacher, Rosalind Wilcox, as a gallery, community center, and educational center, Sun House Studios has a wide display of art as well as a stage for musical performances, and tables and chairs where one can simply sit and enjoy. The gallery features paintings, jewelry, quilting, furniture, and sculptures.
Born Virginia Wynette Pugh and raised on her grandparents' farm near Tremont, Tammy Wynette (1942-1998) might have remained an unknown local hairdresser, but with fierce determination and a voice and resilient life story that touched millions, she built on an after-hours singing job to become one of the most acclaimed performers in country history. With twenty era-defining No. 1 records, she became celebrated internationally as "The First Lady of Country Music."
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