|Bobby Rush Boulevard|
JACKSON. MS) – Mississippi’s capital is renaming one of its major streets for Grammy-winning, legendary blues singer Bobby Rush who lives in the city. The Jackson City Council voted Tuesday to rename Ellis Avenue to Bobby Rush Boulevard. The north-south corridor provides a direct route from Interstate 20 to the Jackson Zoo. The name change takes effect in a month.
Rush, a Louisiana native who has lived in Arkansas and Chicago before moving to Jackson in the 1980s, has won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album. His first was in 2017 at the age of 83 and the second in 2020. He’s also won 12 Blues Music Awards (BMA) over the years including a BMA for Entertainer of The Year.
The award-winning entertainer known for his “folk funk” style, has a Mississippi Blues Trail marker named after him.
(Photo here by Bill Steber)