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Thacker Mountain director

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, the Oxford-based music and literature program, has hired Kate Teague as its new Executive Producer/Director.  Teague is a 2015 Ole Miss graduate and Mobile, Ala. native. Teague had served as Interim Director while the Board conducted its search and worked with the show the past two years as a production intern. She is a local ...

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Eric Clapton sued by Mississippi musician’s estate over iconic song

The heirs of a Mississippi blues musician claim rock guitarist Eric Clapton gave a songwriting credit to the wrong artist. A lawsuit filed in Nashville federal court says Eric Clapton attributed the song “Alberta” to Huddie Ledbetter — better known as Lead Belly — in the 2013 re-release of Clapton’s “Unplugged” album, when the credit should have gone to Bo ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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Peavey receives lifetime award

Music and audio innovator Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, was recently honored as the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual AV Awards ceremony in London, England. Recognized for his pioneering efforts and 50 years of successful innovation and manufacturing, Peavey appeared in person to accept the award before a crowd of 950 cheering ...

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Museum's blues education program garners national award

CLARKSDALE — The Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale is among 12 winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the winners today at the White House. One international program will also be recognized with the International Spotlight Award for a youth-based program in India. The program recognizes ...

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Lance Bass to introduce new film 'Mississippi I Am' at festival

PEARL — Mississippi native Lance Bass will be coming home on Nov. 8 to participate in the Mississippi International Film Festival (MIFF) at the Tinseltown Cinema in Pearl. At 7 p.m. he will introduce his documentary film, “Mississippi I Am,” and receive recognition from the state of Mississippi as part of its “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming” celebration. ...

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Organizers choose Clarksdale for R&B hall of fame

CLARKSDALE — The Official Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame will be in Clarksdale, says founder and CEO LaMont Robinson. Robinson announced the decision at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, The Clarksdale Press-Register reports. Detroit, Memphis, Nashville and Jackson also had been named as potential locations. “Clarksdale is the perfect home for this project,” Robinson said. “This area ...

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Part of U.S. 51 to be dedicated to influential bluesman

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — A segment of U.S. Highway 51 will be dedicated Thursday to blues artist Tommy Johnson. The dedication will be held at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 27 and U.S. 51 in Crystal Springs. The Legislature designated the segment of U.S. 51 beginning from its intersection with Highway 27 and extending south to Pat Harrison ...

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‘Little Boogaloo’ Eden Brent happy singing the blues

Mississippi recording artist Eden Brent knew early on that she had musical talent, but it was only after getting her college degree and learning the basics of performing from one of the Delta’s most-respected and loved bluesmen that she realized music would be her career. “When I was in grade school, every morning we would say the Pledge of Allegiance, ...

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Hoyt Ming gets marker on Mississippi Country Music Trail

ACKERMAN — Hoyt Ming, the founder, leader of and fiddler in Hoyt Ming & His Pep Steppers, was honored yesterday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker was unveiled at 11 a.m. at East Main and North Hobson in Ackerman. The Pep Steppers was a Tupelo-based country string band consisting of Hoyt, his wife Rozelle, and ...

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