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Texas Johnny Brown A Star In Mississippi Too

Texas Johnny Brown at The Big Easy, August 25
Texas Johnny Brown at The Big Easy, August 25
Jason Wolter

Rocks Off would like to congratulate one of the stars of this week's "Old School" cover story, Texas Johnny Brown, who will receive a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail this weekend.

The monument for Brown, 83, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ackerman in Brown's native Choctaw County. Brown and his Quality Blues Band will perform a post-dedication concert after a "meet Texas Johnny Brown" reception at the Choctaw County Economic Development Foundation office. Hope the weather holds out.

Brown's marker will be the 139th monument on the Mississippi Blues Trail, a statewide series of monuments commemorating important people, venues, record labels, and even migration patterns ("Mississippi to Alabama"; "Mississippi to Maine") in the state's rich blues history. The Mississippi Blues Commission has also placed out-of-state markers in Chicago, Memphis, Helena, Ark., and Ferriday, La.

The blues trail has also been mentioned as a model for a possible Houston blues "Walk of Fame," which Rocks Off told you about Thursday. Should that come to pass, Brown would be in good company - twice. Congrats, Johnny.


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