Hammie Nixon Commemoration
What: Bluesman Hammie Nixon Recognition – Tennessee Music Pathway location marker
When: Thursday, July 22, 2021; 10 am
Where: Rosenwald Cemetery
1101 Cynthia Drive, Brownsville TN
Contact: Sonia Outlaw-Clark, 731-779-9000
Hammie Nixon gravesite recognized as Tennessee Music Pathway location
The media and public is invited to commemorate Brownsville Bluesman Hammie Nixon Thursday, July 22, 2021, 10 am at Rosenwald Cemetery in Brownsville. Rosenwald Cemetery is an official location on the Tennessee Music Pathways due to the grave site of Nixon. Nixon played the harmonica, kazoo and jug and is considered a pioneer in the early days of the Blues, playing with Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Son Bonds, Noah Lewis, Hambone Willie Newbern and even hoboed and performed for a while with Jimmie Rodgers, who later became a country recording artist known for his “blue yodels.” Nixon is credited as a major influence in the development of the harmonica as a Blues ensemble instrument.
The event will also kick off Brownsville’s Summer Jamz Music Fest and includes 4 evenings of live music at various locations throughout Brownsville.
Thursday, July 22, 6:30 pm at CP Boyd Park (Songs at Sunset)
Friday, July 23, 6:30 pm at Tamm Park (Jamz at Tamm)
Saturday, July 24, 7 pm at West TN Delta Heritage Center (Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n Roll)
Sunday, July 25, 7 pm at the Brownsville Amphitheater (Praise in the Park)