Country music artist coming to Meridian to celebrate Jimmie Rodgers

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- A big name is coming to Meridian to help celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the father of country music.

The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation announced Wednesday that Jamey Johnson will play at the Temple Theatre on September 7th. Opening acts will include Jackson Nance and John Byron. The celebration will continue on September 8th on the birthday of Jimmie Rodgers. Free admission will be offered to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Highland Park.

"We know there will be a lot of people in town for it. He's a great musician, a great country artist, and we're just glad to have him in our city," said Meridian Mayor Percy Bland.

"They should come out and celebrate one of our most famous native sons, and someone who has made a genuine contribution to the world of country music," said Betty Lou Jones, the president of the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation.

Tickets have gone on sale at the Temple Theatre. They cost $30 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. You may but tickets at the theatre Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., or call (601) 693-5353.