Newton, Mississippi — December 18, 2018 — The Mississippi Blues Commission is recognizing Newton County with a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
“This marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail honors Newton County’s contributions to the state’s storied blues legacy, including its famous sons who helped to spread the Mississippi blues worldwide and its beloved music festival that drew attendees near and far to hear authentic, homegrown blues,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray.
Newton County has a dual claim to blues fame – it is the birthplace of several historical blues figures and the site of the legendary Chunky Rhythm & Blues Festival. Held annually on the Richardson farm during the 1980s and ’90s, the festival featured many of the era’s top national blues acts as headliners. Historic blues figures from Newton County include singers Willie Nix, Andrew Brown and Prez Kenneth, bassist Lamar Williams of the Allman Brothers Band and record businessman H.C. Speir.
Located at 1123 North Main Ave. in Newton, the Newton County marker sits at the Historic Newton Depot. The marker is the 202nd installment on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
The Mississippi Blues Trail was launched in 2006 by the Mississippi Blues Commission and commemorates the people, places and history of blues music, the American art form responsible for shaping modern popular music. The free Mississippi Blues Trail app is available now for iOS and Android devices. For additional information, please visit www.msbluestrail.org.