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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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Bad rap? County cancels contract for Lil Boosie concert

Folks planning on seeing rap artist Lil Boosie in a concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds may be in for a disappointment An attorney for a spring break promotion group say they are still hoping to host a Lil Boosie rap concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds despite a contract dispute with Jackson County. The county has canceled a contract ...

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MDA introduces new 'Mississippi Homecoming' tourism ad campaign

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has unveiled its new advertising campaign. With a nod to 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy, the campaign – “Mississippi Homecoming” – invites visitors to celebrate every aspect of the state’s cultural heritage. “No other state in the country is home to such a wealth and diversity of creative talent ...

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Blues Trail marker ceremony moved due to weather

JACKSON — Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the location for today’s Mississippi Blues Trail marker unveilings has been changed. The markers for both Charley Patton and the Chatmon Family/Mississippi Sheiks will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi e-Center @ Jackson State University located at 1230 Raymond Road in Jackson. Live entertainment will be provided by Bobby ...

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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square in Grenada. Dave ...

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Mississippi to take center stage at Blues Hall of Fame induction

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blues Foundation will induct new members, songs/albums and blues-related literature when it holds its Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May, and Mississippi will be well represented. Blues saxophonists Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson will be inducted as well as Mississippi hill country patriarch R.L. Burnside and Robert Pete Williams. Among ...

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Folks singing the blues over missing B.B. King marker

One of the most important markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail appears to have been stolen. A marker commemorating the birthplace of blues legend B.B. King near Berclair in Leflore County is missing. It was located in front of a small clump of trees at the dusty intersection of County Roads 305 and 513 just west of Itta Bena. All ...

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Delta State student wins national GRAMMY contest

    Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute student Jessica Faith rocked the competition recently after being named one of three winners in the 2014 GRAMMY® Amplifier Center Stage contest thanks to her song “If I Told You.” Faith, a freshman from Monticello, Ark., impressively took home the victory after going up against nearly 2,700 contestants. The platform allows musicians ...

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State's music, musicians take center stage at GRAMMY Week

LOS ANGELES — For the fifth year, Mississippi is showcasing its musical legacy as part of GRAMMY Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards ceremony. Today, the “Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum” at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating the state’s musical heritage and specifically honoring Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. ...

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Shooting begins in Jackson for biopic on James Brown

JACKSON — Filming is underway in Jackson for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Extras arrived last week at Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. Details of the productions are being kept under wraps, but Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, said filming is going great. Hoffman tells ...

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