State to create country music trail

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Musician Marty Stuart on Monday officially announced the creation of the Mississippi Country Music Trail.
The trail has 30 markers, including six in Northeast Mississippi. Tupelo will get a marker as the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
The country music trail, according to the Mississippi Development Authority, will be similar to the Mississippi Blues Trail, which has more than 100 markers in Mississippi and four other states.
Stuart made the announcement at a luncheon held at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. The event was part of the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which is wrapping up today at the BancorpSouth Arena and the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
Earlier in the conference, MDA officials mentioned other trails in the works, including culinary and literature.
But music is in the spotlight this year, thanks to the state’s tourism slogan of “the birthplace of America’s music.”
The markers feature a variety of country music artists, including Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Jerry Clower, Faith Hill, Tammy Wynette, Mac McAnally and Stuart.
The region’s other markers will go in Belmont, Smithville, Tremont and Chickasaw County, which has two.
No timeline was announced for the installation of the markers.
In a press release from MDA, Stuart was credited for lobbying the state’s Senate to pass legislation that would create the trail.
“I want to tell the story of Mississippi music to the world,” Stuart said during the announcement.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

Northeast Mississippi Country Music Trail markers
Bobbie Gentry – Chickasaw County
Country Theaters (Sparta Opry) – Chickasaw County
Elvis Presley – Tupelo
Mac McAnally – Belmont
Rod Brasfield – Smithville
Tammy Wynette – Tremont
State to create country music trail
* Six of the markers will be in Northeast Mississippi.