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Charley Pride

The three-time GRAMMY® winner to be recognized for his contributions to American music on Friday, Nov. 1

CLEVELAND, Miss. - Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, Mississippi-born country artist Charley Pride will be the inaugural recipient of GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi's Crossroads of American Music Award at the Mississippi Museum's 2019 Gala on Friday, Nov. 1. Established by the Museum's Board of Directors, the Crossroads of American Music Award honors an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Pride will appear at the Museum's 2019 Gala to accept the award on Nov. 1 at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

"We are thrilled to recognize the great Charley Pride as the first-ever recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award," said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. "As a native of Mississippi, Charley has had a significant impact on American music with his uncompromising honky-tonk country music. Charley broke new ground in the '60s when he emerged as one of the most successful black country artists at that time. It's an honor to recognize Charley Pride as the inaugural recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award."

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's Red Carpet Guild, an organization of committed volunteers whose mission is to promote, support and sustain the Mississippi Museum, is currently developing plans for the Mississippi Museum's 2019 Gala, with this year's theme being "Girls, Guitars, & Rocktail Bars." The Gala will celebrate the impact of women on music, and proceeds will benefit the music education initiatives of the Mississippi Museum. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and will feature a reception, dinner and cocktails, live music, and a silent and live auction. Additional details regarding the 2019 Gala are forthcoming.

“I'm honored to be the first recipient of this award from the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi," said Pride. "And thankful to the many great American music artists before me that helped to pave the way for my success. I applaud the Museum for celebrating those artists and championing the importance of American music.”

Encore Broadcast of American Masters - Charley Pride: I'm Just Me:
A special encore presentation of American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me airs Thursday, September 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS(check local listings) to coincide with the premiere of Country Music, a new eight-part, 16-hour film directed by Ken Burns, which features Charley Pride, premiering Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18, and Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25 at 8-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Additionally, the documentary is streaming at pbs.org/americanmasters and on the PBS apps.
 

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The film includes original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Marty Stuart. It also includes several on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests, including Rozene Pride (his wife of 61 years), Willie Nelson, and other fellow musicians. The film also features many songs from his repertoire of classic country hits, along with more modern cuts like "Standing In My Way," from his latest album Music In My Heart, released in 2017. 

 

 

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NEW RECREATIONAL VEHICLE STORAGE FACILITY COMING TO TUPELO

 

Looking for a better, more secure place to store your outdoor toys? Afraid to make that big RV purchase because you have no room to store it? Undercover Storage, located at 600 Commerce Street here in Tupelo and opening on September 16th, is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. With video surveillance, keyed entry, 110 Volt 30/50 AMP power, and a roof to put over your recreational vehicles, Undercover Storage is the best place to keep your boats, RV’s, ATV’s, campers, and any other recreational vehicles you may have. Emily Davis, the marketing manager at Undercover Storage, said many people are tired of having to find room to store their outdoor toys. With the addition of a storage facility specifically designed for recreational vehicles of all sizes, people don’t have to worry about finding a place to store them, the city code or covenants not allowing you to store it at your house, or inclement weather conditions damaging your assets due to them not being under safe covering. The Undercover Storage office, located off-site, is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, but customers will have access to their space 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Davis said there are up to 70 storage spaces all depending on the size of the vehicles each person wishes to store. Prices vary from space to space. For more info or to reserve a space, email info@undercover-storage.com, call 662.718.7888, or visit Undercover Storage’s Facebook Page.

Tippah Lake Bluegrass Festival

37th Annual Tippah Bluegrass Festival

The Festival gets started at 4:00 p.m. with the Courthouse Pickers from Corinth; Savannah Grass from Savannah, TN; Hatchie Bottom Boys of Corinth; Good Time Grass of Booneville, MS; Ellis Family Bluegrass from Pope, MS; Sparks Family of Belmont, MS, and Lisa Lambert Band from Dennis, MS all performing. For more information call 662-837-4398 or for Camping information call 662-837-9850. Free Admission: donations appreciated! Concessions will be available.

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Ranked Among Top 10 Best Concert Albums Ever Recorded At The Ryman By Rolling Stone.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rolling Stone recently ranked Rhonda Vincent & The Rage's album Bluegrass Legends among their top 10 best concert albums ever to be recorded at the 'Mother Church of Country Music' , Ryman Auditorium in historic downtown Nashville. The 2018 recording features collaborations with Bluegrass icons Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, Bobby Osborne, and Sonny Osborne. Other listed recordings include Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Neil Young, Levon Helm and Jason Isbell.

New song "Like I Could" Reaches #1 on Bluegrass Today Airplay Chart:
Vincent's new song "Like I Could" recently reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Airplay chart. The song was co-written by Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, along with Erin Enderlin and Bobby Tomberlin .

A concept video for the song premiered by RollingStone.com, features Vincent's real life husband and manager Herb Sandker, portraying the role of a wandering-eyed lover whose actions spurns the dissolution of a once perfect relationship. The video was shot in Nashville's Music City Bar & Grill, and Directed by Jason Lee Denton and Steve Voss.

2019 IBMA Nominations
Rhonda and bandmates Hunter Berry and Josh Williams have been nominated for a total of four 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Vincent received a pair of nominations for Female Vocalist Of The Year, along with a Collaborative Recording Of The Year nod for her duet with Dolly Parton on "Please," a song originally written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin.

"Our life's love and career are totally immersed in bluegrass music," said Vincent. “It’s what we do! We are so thrilled to be recognized by the members of IBMA. Special thanks to Elton John & Bernie Taupin for allowing us to create a bluegrass version of "Please," and to Dolly Parton for her amazing creativity and for joining us on the song."

Additionally, her Rage band mates Hunter Berry received a Fiddle Player Of The Year nomination, and Josh Williams a Guitar Player Of The Year nomination.

The winners will be announced during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass gala awards presentation on September 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C.

 

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