The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center’s summer concert continues this month with Blues artist Dr. David Evans and Elmo Lee Thomas. They will perform “on the porch” Saturday, September 17, beginning at 6 p.m.
Evans has been performing country blues (guitar and vocals) since 1962, having learned directly from many of the old southern blues musicians. One of those musicians was Brownsville bluesman Hammie Nixon. Evans toured with Nixon for five years. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Memphis and has taught at the University of Mississippi. Evans’ first musical partner was Alan Wilson, who went on to become a member of the blues-rock group Canned Heat. Since 1980, Evans has been touring in Europe and is a member of the Last Chance Jug Band, a five-piece group based in Memphis since 1989.
Joining Evans for the September 17, “Concert on the Porch” is Elmo Lee Thomas. Thomas, also a member of the Last Chance Jug Band, has been the driving force behind one of the Mid-South’s most popular bands, Elmo and the Shades, for over 25 years. He is a Memphis native and has a reputation of being a high-energy blues shouter and soul singer. Thomas has long been recognized as one of the region's top harmonica talents.
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center presents "Concert on the Porch" May through September and features a different artist and genre each month. For more information about the concert series, call 731-779-9000 or visit www.westtnheritage.com. The Center is located off of Interstate 40, Exit 56 behind McDonald's, in Brownsville, Tenn.