Country Music Marker unveiled at Fair


Marty Stuart and Carig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi, unveil the 37th Country Music Marker at the Neshoba County Fair on Tuesday.

This marks the fourth Country Music Trail marker in Neshoba County.

The other three, located in Philadelphia, are for Stuart, Marty Gamblin and Bob Ferguson. Giants of country music—its Father, First Lady, High Priest and even its “Hillbilly Cat”—were born in Mississippi. For every Jimmie Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Elvis Presley, there is another Mississippian whose talent surpassed stereotypes to greatly expand country music and its fan base.

From Charley Pride, the most successful African American artist in the genre, to “Mississippi Girl” Faith Hill, a huge pop-crossover star, to the many others whose names are less known, Mississippians have made their marks on country music.

The Country Music Trail commemorates their many varied contributions and influences as well as the places that cradled their creativity.

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