Country Music Trail Unveiled

The State of Mississippi has unveiled its newest heritage attraction, the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The announcement was made during the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism being held in Tupelo this week.

The state’s slogan is ‘Birthplace of America’s Music’.

“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,” said Mary Beth Wilkerson, Mississippi Development Authority tourism director.

Building on the success of the Mississippi Blues Trail, which now boasts over 100 markers across Mississippi and in Muscle Shoals, Ala., Helena, Ark., Chicago and Memphis, the Country Music Trail celebrates Mississippi's rich heritage of country music legends and chart toppers.

The trail will feature a variety of country music artists, including Jimmie Rodgers (known as the “Father of Country Music”), Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jerry Clower, Faith Hill, Paul Overstreet and others to comprise the first 30 markers across the state.

The trail has garnered significant support since before its inception. In early 2009, Mississippi’s own country music legend, Philadelphia native Marty Stuart, an artist who will be featured on the trail, lobbied the State Senate to pass legislation to create the landmark-based attraction.

For more information about the Mississippi Country Music Trail, call 1.866.SEE.MISS.

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  • by ALTHA Location: Albany on Sep 17, 2010 at 04:19 AM
    It must be done it long ago, country music, our history. Mississippi and other states hope to support this idea, and many artists, such as Hoyt Ming - Ackerman, Hank Williams and Mong others, will remind how beautiful country music! Thanks ...
  • by Van Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Here's the complete list. Country Music Trail Markers · 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 – Meridian (Jimmie Rodgers Day, May 26, 1953) · 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
  • by jeff Location: iraq on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    about time that they should do something we as mississipians have known for years that we have produced alot of talent.but no one has ever put it out thanks see yall soon
  • by Stephen on Mar 1, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    This is a great idea. Hopefully other states, such as Alabama, will collaborate with Mississippi to extend the trail into their states. Alabama, like Mississippi, has legendary names such as Hank Williams, the band Alabama, etc.
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