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William Bell acknowledges the audience for their standing ovation following his performance at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on Oct. 12.

International Delta Blues Project, GRAMMY partner for free public film and music event

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The Delta Center’s International Delta Blues Project at Delta State University recently partnered with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi to present a free, public event of educational film and live music on Oct. 12.

The “Take Me to the River” community film screening is one of several Blues Leadership Incubator events that have been offered by the International Delta Blues Project. The incubator events focus on economic opportunity related to blues education and tourism in the Mississippi Delta. The events are free and open to the public through a generous grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.

Martin Shore introduces his film "Take Me to the River."

Martin Shore introduces his film “Take Me to the River.”

Nearly 150 guests from throughout the Delta gathered at the museum to see a 45-minute version of the critically-acclaimed documentary “Take Me to the River,” produced by Martin Shore and created at historic Royal Studios in Memphis. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album. “Take Me To The River” features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi Allstars and many more.

After viewing the film, the crowd enjoyed live performances from The Hi Rhythm section (featuring Charles and Leroy Hodges), Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, William Bell, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, and GRAMMY winner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, owner of Royal Studios. Mitchell recently served as keynote speaker for Delta State’s International Conference on the Blues during a Blues Brunch held at the museum.

According to Frayser Boy, an Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, these performances are as much about education as they are entertainment.

“I come from a hip-hop background. I never really used live music in performances before I was invited to be a part of this project,” he said. “But these guys have taught me more in a couple of years than the 15 or so previous years I was working in this business. All these old guys — these guys that have spent their lives making music — they taught me to better understand where music comes from, and how important it is to our communities. Just as importantly, they are teaching me how to make a career out of this, not just a single record. To do that, I need to know where my music comes from and why it was made the way it was made.”

To underscore the educational emphasis of the event, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area was invited to open the program with oral history documentaries created by students from Delta Hands for Hope of Shaw, Mississippi, and the Rosedale Freedom Project of Rosedale, Mississippi. The students attended after-school workshops learning film and oral history skills through a grant from the MDNHA. The students interviewed and photographed Mississippi Delta residents to learn how music has influenced their lives.

Attendees linger in the lobby of the museum and visit with the musicians following the performance.

Attendees linger in the lobby of the museum and visit with the musicians following the performance.

“The ‘Take Me To The River’ program was one of the best nights of music we’ve had at the museum,” said Jane Marie Dawkins, education and public programs manager for the museum. “The artists, film and student projects all provided a very entertaining and educational experience. It meant a lot to us to showcase this music from our region, and it was an unforgettable night at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.”

For more information about the International Delta Blues Project, visit http://www.internationaldeltabluesproject.com/.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place On Earth” workshops. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

Jessica Faith Wishard (left to right), Kailey Mathis and Brittany McGee are the 2016-17 GRAMMY U officers.

GRAMMY U officers elected for 2016-17

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Officers for the GRAMMY U chapter at Delta State University have been elected for the 2016-17 year.

Kailey Mathis, a junior entertainment industry studies major from Madison, Mississippi, was elected as this year’s president. Jessica Faith Wishard of Monticello, Arkansas will serve as vice president. Brittany McGee of Ecru, Mississippi will serve as secretary/treasurer.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17-25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because GRAMMY U is part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

In setting the vision for this year’s group, Mathis said, “ I hope to see our current and new members participate more within our chapter and in our community. A big thing we want to implement this year is group service projects around the community. We are planning some projects to help local charities, sing at the nursing homes, and also make efforts to help clean the Delta State campus and some streets in Cleveland.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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Mississippi Tourism Association Presents Industry Achievement Awards at Governor’s Conference on Tourism

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The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) presented their annual awards for tourism achievement for the year 2016 during activities at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the Natchez Convention Center in Natchez, Miss. on Sept. 18-20, 2016.

The awards program recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of tourism by members of the 300+-member private sector organization as well as honoring travel media, community leaders and friends of the industry. Awards were presented in 15 categories, each focusing on a different aspect of the hospitality industry or individual achievement.

Receiving the award for Travel Attraction of the Year was GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi. The Museum was cited for being the only GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles, which is home to the first GRAMMY Museum. The Museum features cutting-edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films, which provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience — engaging, educational, celebratory and inspirational. In just 4 months after opening the Museum has brought visitors from 41 states as well as tourists from over 16 countries. More information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi can be found at www.grammymuseumms.org.

“Special recognition should be given to our tourism industry leaders for their outstanding accomplishments. We are happy to have the opportunity to honor the winners of these awards as we truly appreciate their dedication not only to our organization but to the entire tourism industry,” said Wesley Smith, 2016-2017 president of MTA.

For more information on MTA or Mississippi tourism, visit www.visitmissisippi.org or www.mstourism.com.

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Presents An Evening With Cody Dickinson

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GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is pleased to welcome Cody Dickinson to the Sanders Soundstage, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. for an intimate discussion on his new album and career, moderated by Shannon McNally, GRAMMY® nominee and Board member of The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter.

Dickinson, who is probably best known for being a member of the GRAMMY-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, recently released his first solo album, Leeway for the Freeway which features a few collaborations, including one with his brother, Luther Dickinson.  The evening’s conversation will be followed by a special musical performance by Dickinson.

Tickets for the program are $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the Museum box office at 662-441-0100, or in person at the Museum at 800 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS.

About Cody Dickinson

Cody Dickinson is an artistic entrepreneur in the fields of music and film. Over the course of his career Cody has contributed to several major motion picture soundtracks, including “Barnyard”, “Snoop’s Hood of Horror”, “The Mechanic”, “Black Snake Moan”, and “Brand” the film. In recent years Cody has transitioned from creating music for films to producing films.

Cody’s most recent achievement in film is the award-winning documentary he produced and co- created, Take Me to the River. An incredible journey through the music of Memphis, the film brings multiple generations of first-class Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together and captures the creative process of recording a historic new album. Cody also co-produced the soundtrack for the documentary, which pairs music legends and contemporary artists as they reinterpret songs that define the soul of American music.

Perhaps best known as the drummer and founding member of North Mississippi Allstars, Cody continues to be one of the music industry’s premier drummers, demonstrated by his 2013 Blues Music Awards nomination in the ‘Best Instrumentalist/Drums’ category. He’s earned three GRAMMY nominations as a member of North Mississippi Allstars and shared the stage with the likes of Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Mavis Staples, and Patty Griffin among others. As a music producer, Cody has worked with a wide range of musicians including Lucero, Ross Neilson and The Grahams. He also produced British blues guitarist Ian Siegal’s two recent albums, “The Skinny” (2011) and “Candystore Kid” (2012), both of which were nominated for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’ at the annual Blues Music Awards.

In 2015, Cody performed on many new releases, including Jim Lauderdale’s “Soul Searching”, The Word’s “Soul Food” and Cody Simpson’s “Free”.

His first solo record Leeway for the Freeway was released worldwide online via the Orchard on July 8, 2016.

For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit www.grammymuseumms.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi has unveiled a new exhibit devoted to the life and music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

GRAMMY Museum celebrating Stevie Ray Vaughan exhibit in style

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi is gearing up for its new exhibit “Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan” with a special event Wednesday.

The evening’s main event kicks off with a concert on the museum’s front lawn at 7:30 p.m., headlined by Wes Sheffield and the Slowburners, along with 17-year-old blues guitar phenom Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from Clarksdale.

Stevie’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, will help celebrate the unveiling of the exhibit he helped curate.

Tickets to the show are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the museum box office at 662-441-0100, or in person at 800 W. Sunflower Rd. in Cleveland. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the museum grounds.

For more information on the museum and its new exhibit, visit grammymuseumms.org.