It's that time of year! The annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival, a tradition in our area since 1953.
Of course, Mississippi is known as the birthplace of music and some consider Jimmie Rodgers the one to have started it all. After all, he is the father of country music.
"Festival week is here in Meridian," Jimmie Rodgers Foundation member Josh Taylor says. "And Jimmie's back and we hope the local community comes out to support. We've got a lot of out of towners that'll be here. Should be a full week of events and music."
Taylor says things kick off Wednesday night with song writers night. Mac McAnally and the boys will be on hand at the Temple Theater. Then, there is country night on Thursday with Daryl Singletary at Dumont Plaza. Friday night is juke joint night on main street, an opportunity to experience the culture that created Jimmie Rodgers and his music.
"Saturday is probably the big day," Taylor points out. "We'll start off that morning with the talent competition in Dumont Plaza, followed up by Jimmie's Jam that afternoon. Of course, Michael Grimm and a whole lot of other good acts coming in. Wynonna and the Big Noise will be playing in the Riley Center that same night."
Taylor says coordinators are hoping for a big turnout this coming week. He says hotels in the area are already starting to fill up and discount rates are even being offered to those staying in town for the Jimmie Rodgers Festival.