Meridian is 150 years old this year and for more than one third of those years, the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation has paid tribute to one of their favorite sons, Jimmie Rodgers of course. And the tribute continues again this year!
Jimmie Rodgers, also known as the Father of Country Music, was born in Meridian and spent most of his life in the city. In 1953 the Jimmie Rodgers Festival was born and for the past 57 years it has continued.
Betty Lou Jones is the President of the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation. She describes some upcoming events.
"We are looking forward to having the city of Meridian unveiled as the first stop of the country music trails of Mississippi and of course that's honoring Jimmie Rogers and Meridian. And July 10th we are going to be opening Sparkle and Twine, Marty Stewart's musical odyssey. "
The very first event of the festival is April 1st with the Bluegrass Gospel Concert. Here's a look at what's to come:
-April 1st, 2010: Bluegrass Gospel Concert at Meridian's Temple Theatre featuring Doyle Lawson
-April 3rd, 2010: Gospel and Country Talent Contest at the Temple Theatre Ballroom
-April 10Th, 2010: Jimmie Rodgers Pageant at the Quality Inn in Meridian
-July 10th, 2010: Opening of the Exhibit Sparkle and Twang, Marty Stuart's Musical Odyssey.