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Rossville in Fayette County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Mississippi” Fred McDowell

1904 - 1972

 
 
"Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. "Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker
Inscription. Born in Rossville on January 12, 1904, Fred McDowell was one of America's eminent blues artists. His work, rooted in the Delta blues tradition, won him international fame. Of his unique bottleneck guitar style he said: "I make the guitar say what I say, if I play 'Amazing Grace,' it'll sing that too." His influence spread beyond blues to gospel and popular artists. He died in Memphis on July 13, 1972.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 147.)
 
Location. 35° 2.511′ N, 89° 32.606′ W. Marker is in Rossville, Tennessee, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 57 and Rossville Road (State Road 194), on the right when traveling west on State Highway 57. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville TN 38066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Collierville Christian Church (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Wigfall Grays (approx. 6.9 miles away); Battle of Collierville (approx. 6.9 miles away); Collierville, Tenn. (approx. 6.9 miles away); Collierville United Methodist Church
"Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. "Mississippi" Fred McDowell Marker
(approx. 6.9 miles away); Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (approx. 7 miles away); Chalmers's Collierville Raid (approx. 7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Collierville (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Mississippi Fred Mcdowell. Biography from the Blues Hall of Fame. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. "Goin Down to the River". You Tube video of McDowell. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. "John Henry". Another video of McDowell. This features several close-ups of him working the guitar with his bottleneck slide. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. McDowell's Diskography. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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