“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Mississippi Country Music Trail Historical Markers

The Country Music Trail in Mississippi describes the giants of country music & the places that cradled their creativity.
Jerry Clower Marker (side B) image, Touch for more information
February 12, 2016
Jerry Clower Marker (side B)
Mississippi (Amite County), Liberty — 7 — Jerry Clower
(Side A) A Liberty native, Jerry Clower (1926-1998) brought his colorful, observant, comic stories of southern life — developed as a sales tool as he worked as a fertilizer salesman — to live shows, recordings, television, . . . — Map (db m92559) HM
Mississippi (Choctaw County), Ackerman — 28 — Hoyt Ming
[Front] Choctaw County fiddler Hoyt Ming (1902-1985) led the lively string band recorded as “Floyd Ming & His Pep Steppers” at a Memphis Victor session in 1928. His “Indian War Whoop,” with its fiddling . . . — Map (db m140731) HM
Mississippi (Harrison County), Biloxi — 21 — Chris LeDoux
(front) Born in Biloxi, Chris LeDoux (1948-2005), the Singing Bronc Rider, pursued dreams of success as both a competitive rodeo cowboy and latter day Western singing star and achieved both. The 1976 World Champion Bareback Bronc Rider . . . — Map (db m79086) HM
Mississippi (Humphreys County), Isola — 25 — Hank Cochran
Front One of country music's most prolific and revered songwriters, Hank Cochran (1935-2010), was born in Isola and spent his early childhood years here. He wrote "Make the World Go Away," "A Little Bitty Tear," "She's Got You," and . . . — Map (db m77169) HM
Mississippi (Itawamba County), Tremont — 14 — Tammy Wynette
Front Born Virginia Wyette Pugh and raised on her grandparents' farm near Tremont, Tammy Wynette (1942-1998) might have remained an unknown local hairdresser, but with fierce determination and a voice and resilient life story that . . . — Map (db m117206) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 11 — Country Music Comes of Age
Front Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers Day festivals of the 1950s, the first held May 26, 1953, became known as National Country Music Days, marking a turning point in the nation's enthusiasm for country music. Stars and fans from every . . . — Map (db m77171) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 3 — Elsie McWilliams
Front Elsie Williamson McWilliams (1896-1985), the sister of Jimmie Rodgers's second wife Carrie, wrote or contributed to music and lyrics for thirty-nine of the songs that Rodgers performed or recorded, although she never received . . . — Map (db m77170) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 1 — Jimmie RodgersFather of Country Music
Front Singing winningly, with storytelling clarity and physicality, of the real lives and fondest dreams of his down home audience, with varied musical backing that ranged from his own solitary guitar to rural pickers, horns, and . . . — Map (db m77176) HM
Mississippi (Lauderdale County), Meridian — 18 — Moe Bandy
Born in Meridian and the grandson of the railway yard manager where Jimmie Rodgers worked, Moe Bandy became one of country music’s most popular singers of the 1970s and ‘80s. A master of honky tonk as well as cowboy songs that reflected . . . — Map (db m60544) HM
Mississippi (Lee County), Tupelo — 12 — Elvis Country
Front Raised on country here in Tupelo, first introduced as “The Hillbilly Cat,” then by RCA Victor as “the hottest new name in country music,” Elvis Presley’s revolutionary musical mix always had country as a key . . . — Map (db m102752) HM
Mississippi (Leflore County), Greenwood — 24 — Bobbie Gentry
Front Born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County (1944) and spending her childhood here, Bobbie Gentry brought the accents, sounds and images of Delta life into scores of haunting songs she wrote and records she made, to become one . . . — Map (db m77177) HM
Mississippi (Neshoba County), Choctaw — 17 — Bob Ferguson
[Front] Long-time Neshoba County resident Bob Ferguson (1927-2001) was a key shaper of the “Nashville Sound” of the 1960s and ‘70s, as the producer of hundreds of major recordings and writer of such classic country songs as . . . — Map (db m140732) HM
Mississippi (Neshoba County), Philadelphia — 31 — Marty Gamblin
[Front] A native of Philadelphia, Marty Gamblin began his long career in the music business through booking bands while still in high school. He later worked closely with Mississippi songwriter/performer Jim Weatherly, and ran Glen . . . — Map (db m140736) HM
Mississippi (Neshoba County), Philadelphia — 2 — Marty Stuart
(side 1) From his boyhood days performing here, Marty Stuart displayed singular zest for every flavor of country music. Beginning as a teenage mandolin player with Lester Flatt, he became an ebullient Grand Ole Opry star, "hillbilly . . . — Map (db m130000) HM
Mississippi (Pike County), Osyka — 15 — T. Tommy Cutrer
Raised in Osyka, the versatile T. Tommy Cutrer succeeded as a country and gospel singer and instrumentalist and also as a businessman and politician, but his greatest fame came as a radio/television personality from the 1940s through the 1990s. As . . . — Map (db m51625) HM
Mississippi (Quitman County), Sledge — 8 — Charley Pride
Front The son of a Sledge sharecropper, Charley Frank Pride first won notice as a singer when music was just a sideline to his early baseball career. Taking a shot at what seemed an unlikely career in Nashville, he went on to record . . . — Map (db m107544) HM
Mississippi (Rankin County), Star — 30 — Faith Hill
(side 1) From the time of her childhood here in Star, Faith Hill demonstrated a zest for music and performing that took her to Nashville while still a teenager, and to stardom from the release of her first record in 1993. She became a . . . — Map (db m91738) HM
Mississippi (Scott County), Sebastopol — 4 — Leake County Revelers
[Front] The most renowned Mississippi string band of the 1920s, the four Revelers—fiddler Will Gilmer, mandolinist R. O. Mosley, banjoist Jim Wolverton and guitarist Dallas Jones—were based here in Sebastapol, and played live . . . — Map (db m140738) HM
Mississippi (Sunflower County), Moorhead — 22 — Johnny Russell
Front John Bright “Johnny” Russell (1940-2001) was born and raised in Moorhead and went on to become a star of the Grand Ole Opry and a popular country recording artist, with such hits as “Catfish John” and . . . — Map (db m77168) HM
Mississippi (Tate County), Senatobia — 9 — O.B. McClinton
Front Country music singer and composer O. B. McClinton, born and raised here in Senatobia, found his first musical success as a songwriter for 1960s Memphis soul labels. When Stax-Volt founded the Enterprise imprint for release of his . . . — Map (db m102890) HM
Mississippi (Tishomingo County), Belmont — 6 — Mac McAnally
(side 1) Lyman Corbitt “Mac” McAnally, Jr., grew up in Belmont, where he sang and played piano at Belmont First Baptist Church before becoming a session musician and songwriter at the age of fifteen. McAnally wrote and recorded . . . — Map (db m41122) HM
Mississippi (Washington County), Hollandale — 5 — Ben Peters
Front A native of Hollandale who picked cotton as a child, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate and Navy pilot, Ben Peters (1933-2005) went on to become a Nashville songwriting legend, penning fourteen number-one hits, including . . . — Map (db m121117) HM
Mississippi (Wayne County), Clara — 23 — Jesse Rodgers
Front Jesse Otto Rodgers (1911-1973) born near Waynesboro, first cousin to Jimmie Rodgers, began singing on Mexican border radio stations after relocating to Texas. He wrote songs and recorded for Bluebird Records in the mid-1930s, . . . — Map (db m80349) HM
Mississippi (Winston County), Louisville — 16 — Carl Jackson
[Front] Born in Louisville in 1953, Carl Jackson played banjo here as a boy, and by age fourteen was backing Jim & Jesse on the Grand Ole Opry. By the age of twenty he had established a versatile career as a recording vocalist, . . . — Map (db m140735) HM

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