James E. Walker Library will host a concert in tribute to Mississippi John Hurt at 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the library’s first floor atrium. Doors open at 5:30.
The Fedora Brothers, also known as Bruce Nemerov and Gene Bush, will perform numbers made famous by the blues legend to mark the closing of an exhibit about his career.
The display was produced by the Arts Center of Cannon County in partnership with the MTSU Center for Popular Music with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Following the concert, the exhibit will move to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss., where it will become part of the permanent collection there.
Hurt was a self-taught guitarist and singer whose performances at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, in coffeehouses and on the college circuit, influenced a generation of folk, blues, country and bluegrass artists.
Nemerov, a former audio specialist with the Center for Popular Music, produced the CD “John Work III: Recording Black Culture” and won a Grammy award for writing its liner notes.
Bush was a friend and student of Mississippi John Hurt in the 1960s before moving to Nashville in the early 1970s.
The Arts Center of Cannon County will have available for purchase at the event “Discovery: The Rebirth of John Hurt,” a CD release from its Spring Fed Records label. Copies of “Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues,” a new biography by Phil Ratcliffe (University of Mississippi Press), also will be available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public.