Pat Sansone grew up watching family members perform, so when he joined a band in high school, it was just natural. But it wasn't until later that he realized the inspiration he had in his hometown of Meridian.
"I remember Meridian being a spot for touring acts to play back in the 70s and 80s," said Sansone of The Autumn Defense.
We caught up with Sansone on his tour as he performed in Madison, Wisconsin, just a few days before he plays at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian.
Newscenter 11 asked him if he believes Meridian will become a city that artist's think of including when touring the country.
"I think the more people that stop in and play there and have a good experience there, the word will travel around," said Sansone.
The word has certainly spread about The Autumn Defense. Sansone and his partner, John Stirratt formed the band eight years ago and have now put out three albums.
"We knew each other from the Mississippi Music scene in the late 80s," Sansone said. "He was in bands. I was in bands. We would play in the same stages together."
Sansone and Stirratt also play together in the band, Wilco, which performed before a sold-out crowd in March 2006 at Meridian's Temple Theatre.
The Autumn Defense performs Mar. 11 at 8 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian. Tickets are $18.00 for general admission seating and are available at www.msurileycenter.com.