Celebrating Mississippi's Music Heritage

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

An entire weekend is coming up that will celebrate Mississippi's Music Heritage. Two entire days are being dedicated to talking about, learning about, even performing music that came from the Magnolia State.

Friday, August 20th a group of singer/songwriters will share their own stories and perform at the MSU Riley Center. The following Saturday, a symposium will be held and it will be followed by a blues concert. Meridian's own Chris Ethridge will be a panelist during the symposium.

Marty Stuart's Sparkle and Twang Exhibit recognizes country, rock, and gospel music. Activities during the weekend of August 20th will compliment this celebration of Mississippi's Music Heritage.

"We decided to bring in a group of singer/songwriters on Friday night and they will perform in the studio theater, which is adjacent to the exhibit. It's a very intimate setting. And then Saturday there will be a symposium all day with a combination of musicians as well as music experts," describes Penny Kemp, the Marketing Director for the MSU Riley Center.

You may or may not realize just how rich Mississippi's musical heritage really is. One person who does is a man who has been involved in the music scene since he was a teenager. Meridian's own Chris Ethridge recognizes Mississippi's greats.

"If you look at some of the greatest artist in the world, most of them have come from Mississippi. Jimmie Rodgers, Elvis Presley, BB King, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, you can just keep going on, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, you can go on and on, forever and ever," says Ethridge.

Ethridge helped usher in country-rock through his work with the Flying Burrito Brothers and the International Submarine Band. He also played with artists including Willie Nelson and Randy Newman. Ethridge will be one of the panelists during the upcoming symposium.

"I'm going to talk with Scott Barretta. We're going to talk about roots music and talk about some of the people that I've played with and I'm really looking forward to it," explains Ethridge.

Ethridge says he mainly plays the bass. He also plays a little guitar and piano. And soon you'll have the chance to hear directly from him all about Mississippi's musical history. Plus, stories of his own.

Tickets for all of the events can be purchased at the MSU Riley Center Box Office. They can be bought separately or together as a package.


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