Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tourism -- Country Music Trail in Mississippi

This is a little off topic, but may interest readers planning a vacation -- Mississippi has just inaugurated a Country Music tourism trail, with historic markers denoting places of interest. There aleady is a "Blues Trail" with more than 100 markers.

The announcement was made during the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism under way  in Tupelo.
“As we continue to spotlight the state’s slogan, ‘Birthplace of America’s Music,’ we are excited to unveil such a key element in that message, the Mississippi Country Music Trail,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, Tourism director for the Mississippi Development Authority. “Because music—and country music in particular—is such an important part of Mississippi’s cultural legacy, the Country Music Trail will help to increase awareness of Mississippi as a tourism destination for a diverse spectrum of consumers.”
The Country Music trail will include markers to 30 musicians around the state:

Ben Peters – Hollandale
Bob Ferguson – Philadelphia
Bobbie Gentry – Chickasaw County
Carl Jackson – Louisville
Charley Pride – Sledge
Chris LeDoux – Biloxi
Conway Twitty – Friars Point
Country Music Comes of Age (Jimmie Rodgers Day) – Meridian
Country Music Radio
Country Theaters (Sparta Opry) – Chickasaw County
Elsie McWilliams – Meridian
Elvis Presley – Tupelo
Faith Hill – Star
Hank Cochran – Isola
Hoyt Ming – Ackerman
Jerry Clower – Liberty
Jesse Rodgers – Waynesboro
Jimmie Rodgers – Meridian
Johnny Russell – Moorhead
Leake County Revelers – Sebastopol
Mac McAnally – Belmont
Marty Stuart – Philadelphia
Moe Bandy – Meridian
Namour & Smith – Avalon
O.B. McClinton – Senatobia
Paul Overstreet – Vancleave
Rod Brasfield – Smithville
Smith County Jamboree – Polkville
Tammy Wynette – Tremont
Tommy Cutrer – McComb

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