MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - About 16 years ago, Jacky Jack White started his grassroots show at the University of West Alabama, featuring local and regional artists. The show became syndicated across the country on both public and commercial radio, and even drew foreign visitors from Ireland, Spain and South Korea.
The Sucarnochee Revue moved to the Temple Theater in Meridian several years ago and it has been there ever since.
"I never played a place that sounded any better," said White. "Before we knew it we had our own following over here and people enjoyed coming to the show. People enjoyed playing on the show. It's just a magic place and it has been a winning combination for us."
With the recent release of the Ken Burns documentary, Country Music, a lot of focus is now going back to its roots, something that Jacky Jack says his show has been highlighting since its inception.
"That's what we're doing. We're doing original music," said White. "We're doing music from the heart from this region and I think that's why we're so doggone successful."
This Sunday, the Temple Theater will come alive again with nine acts taking the stage, including Britt Gully and one of the founding members of Doctor Hook, Meridian's own George Cummings. It's a chance for both up and coming artists as well as veterans to showcase their talents.
"But it's fantastic the people that we've had here the people that have gone on and had hits or who've written hits. They started on the Sucarnochee Revue. And so it has been a launching pad for a lot of people over the years.
Jacky Jack White and the Sucarnochee Revue has provided artists a place to shine and entertained thousands of fans for nearly two decades with America's original music.