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Narmour, Smith getting marker on Country Music Trail

CARROLLTON — Fiddler William “Willie” T. Narmour and guitarist Shellie “Shell” W. Smith will be recognized with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The unveiling is scheduled for at 11 a.m. Saturday on Lexington Street in Carrollton. Blending blues and old-time dance tunes, Narmour and Smith became an influential duo with 48 recordings for Okeh and Bluebird records ...

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Another marker going up on Mississippi Country Music Trail

POLKVILLE — On Sept. 19, one of Mississippi’s longest-running country music festivals will be honored with the newest marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The unveiling ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at 6334 Highway 13 in Polkville, across the street from the Polkville Music Barn. This will be the 26th marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. ...

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Mississippi sounds coming to Americana Music Festival & Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visit Mississippi, the state tourism office of Mississippi, is partnering with the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to present a Mississippi theme at the 15th annual event. As part of the five-day conference, Mississippi musicians, writers and advocates will be featured as part of panel discussions, musical showcases and exhibitions. “This partnership is all ...

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Twang & tourism: Mississippi Country Music Trail tells genre’s story

In 2006 when the Mississippi Blues Trail was still in development, Malcolm White told the Mississippi Business Journal he thought a similar trail honoring the state’s country music heritage was a “distinct possibility.” Four years later, the Mississippi Legislature ended all doubt and the Mississippi Country Music Trail was born. Today, the trail is comprised of 25 markers and is ...

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Country music and soda pop — old plant might become museum warehouse

Mississippi’s creative economy could soon get a boost if an historic structure can be renovated and re-purposed as a facility honoring one of the state’s successful recording artists. Community Development Partnership is petitioning the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors to allow the old Coca-Cola Building in Philadelphia, currently owned by the county, to be transferred to the Industrial Development Authority. ...

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Founder of iconic restaurant to be honored by Marty Stuart

PHILADELPHIA — The founder of a popular Neshoba County restaurant is about to be honored by a well-known country musician. WTOK in Meridian reports Peggy Webb, founder of Peggy’s restaurant in Philadelphia, will be recognized during Marty Stuart’s performance at the Ellis Theater in Philadelphia on Friday night. Webb opened Peggy’s in 1961 and stayed until her retirement 10 years ...

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Bond money to move Marty Stuart museum forward

Included in the $196-million bond bill that awaits Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature is funding to advance a proposed Marty Stuart museum. Stuart, a Philadelphia native, has long been recognized as one of traditional country music’s leading performers and preservationists. His Sparkle and Twang memorabilia collection has been displayed across the U.S., including a recent stint in Meridian. The museum ostensibly ...

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Stuart’s photography book provides insight into southern life and country music

As gift-giving time rapidly approaches, it’s good to know about the latest books of Mississippi writers and photographers. These books are welcome gifts, and one that’s sure to please is “Choctaw Gardens” by Hilda Stuart, mother of country music star Marty Stuart. Hilda Stuart began compiling her photographic work at age 16. The images in the book not only trace ...

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MBJ-TV talks with "The Voice" star Liz Davis

There’s more than one vote that matters this week. Laurel native and former Delta State student Liz Davis recently won a spot on country star Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s hit reality talent show “The Voice.” A country singer herself, Liz talks with MBJ-TV in the following video about her voice, her Mississippi roots and what drives her as an ...

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Glen Campbell still championing Alzheimer's research

We are happy to report that Glen Campbell is still going strong. It has been seven months since the country music legend included Jackson on his farewell concert tour. The 76-year-old Grammy Award winner has enjoyed renewed popularity after going public last year with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Proceeds from his Thalia Mara Hall concert last February went to benefit Alzheimer’s ...

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