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A portion of Highway 51 in Copiah County named for another MS blues master

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Highway 51, southward from where it intersects with Highway 27 in Crystal Springs to the southern Crystal Springs city limits is now the Tommy Johnson Memorial Highway. Johnson was born in Terry in 1896 and spent a great deal of his life in Crystal Springs.

His unique vocal and guitar style influenced many musicians. The popular rock group "Canned Heat" took their name from a Tommy Johnson song.

"Let me tell you, I tell, we tell all out colleagues in the Delta, they call themselves the home of the Blues," said State Representative Robert Johnson. "We're slowly and clearly beginning to understand, Crystal Springs, Copiah County is the home of the Blues."

Another influential early bluesman Robert Johnson was ALSO born in Copiah County. A section of Interstate 55 has already been named for him.

The annual Tommy Johnson Blues Festival will be held this Saturday at the Planetarium in Jackson.

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