3rd Annual Rockabilly Highway Revival to expand

Submitted Report

Loud cars and loud music,  trademarks of a time not forgotten, will once again converge on downtown Selmer for the 3rd Annual Rockabilly Highway Revival on Saturday, June 11. 

Harkening back to an era when Elvis was shaking his hips, Jerry Lee Lewis was burning his piano and Carl Perkins was singing about his Blue Suede Shoes, the Rockabilly Highway Revival music festival pays tribute to these and many other acts that forever changed the musical landscape.

This year’s festival will once again be a daylong event. In addition to a change up in headline entertainment, there will be a few changes to the attractions that will be spread out in downtown Selmer. 

Unlike previous years, this year’s vendors and entertainment will be spread throughout downtown. Visitors can enjoy music at Pat’s Café’s “Pickin’ at Pat’s” and at the recently dedicated Farmer’s Market.

The annual antique car show will start at 8:30 a.m. and will once again be showcased throughout all of downtown Selmer. The antique tractor show, which will once again be located at the Farmer’s Market, will also start at 8:30 a.m. The motorcycles will line up at 2 p.m., after the riders have first traveled the length of the Rockabilly Highway.

This year’s main attractions will be Phil Hummer & the White Falcons, Sun Records recording artist Rayburn Anthony, and Brandon Giles & the Tricky Two. 

The headline acts will take the main stage starting at 4:30 p.m. Both Rayburn Anthony and Brandon Giles are new to this year’s festival and both are looking forward to making their mark on Rockabilly Highway. Hummer, the inspiration for the original Rockabilly Mural, is excited about returning to Selmer.

“That’s my wall,” Hummer exclaimed when asked about returning to Selmer. “Any town that’ll allow a forty foot Phil Hummer to be painted on one of their buildings is a place I want to play.”

Also new to this year’s festivities will be a carnival near the downtown area. The carnival, which usually sets up at the Selmer City Park, will be located at the site of the old Dixie Café. The festival is scheduled to run Thursday, June 9 until Saturday, June 11.

The festival will close out with a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.


Vendors needed

Rockabilly Highway Revival organizers are seeking local vendors for this year’s event. Local artists, jewelry makers, non-profit groups, etc. are invited to set up a booth at this year’s festival. 

Organizers would especially like to invite local churches and youth groups to set up.

Anyone interested in setting up a booth should call the McNairy Regional Alliance at (731) 645-6360.