If you totally spaced and forgot to attend the grand opening of the Grammy Museum of Mississippi in Cleveland, originally proposed for early this fall, don't worry. There's always next year.
Earlier this month, the museum’s board of directors announced that the state-of-the-art, 27,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Delta State University would not be ready for visitors in September as expected. By Tuesday, Sept. 22, they had settled on its new grand-opening weekend, March 5 and 6, 2016.
“The intricate details of the exhibits themselves are very complex and involve multiple-process phases from start to finish,” Lucy Janoush, president of the Grammy Museum Mississippi Board of Directors, said in a press release. “In order to make this project the showcase it should be, consultants and contractors need more time to finish the exhibit.”
Plans for the Grammy Museum Mississippi, the first satellite site of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, began in 2009, when Mayor Billy Nowell and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce approached Allan Hammons of Hammon & Associates advertising firm about developing a music museum akin to the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, which Hammons helped design and coordinate as its interim executive director.
Hammons eventually led the charge in approaching the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences about building a sister site to the Los Angeles Grammy Museum, which opened in 2008.
For more information on the museum's process from concept to near-completion, read the Jackson Free Press’ cover story, "Follow the Gold-Record Road: Creating the Grammy Museum Mississippi," from March 18, 2015.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Steve Earle is the latest voice to join the flag debate, though his voice comes in the form of a good-old-fashioned protest song. On the track, titled "Mississippi, It's Time," the Virginia-born musician denounces the Confederate battle emblem's position on the Mississippi state flag, which has been a point of contention yet again following a white-supremacist gunman's slaying of nine African Americans at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17.
“I grew up in the South and lived there until I was 50, and I know that I’m not the only southerner who never believed for one second that the Confederate battle flag is symbolic of anything but racism in anything like a modern context,” Steve Earle said in a press release. “This is about giving those southerners a voice.”
Earle and his band, the Dukes, release the song for download on iTunes this Friday, Sept. 11, with all proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The lyrics feature a number of powerful and to-the-point phrases, such as, Mississippi, don't you reckon it's time that the flag came down because the world turned 'round? We can't move ahead if we're looking behind," and "I wish I was in a land that never held a soul in bondage ever. I wouldn't have to drag these chains behind. Mississippi, it's time."
Near the track's close, though, Earle trades any semblance of metaphor for blunt outrage: "What the hell, Mississippi? Mississippi, you're out of your mind. Mississippi, God d***, even Alabama and South Carolina (have) come across the line."
As people from without and within the state push for the removal of the Confederate flag—and the dark ideals it represents—the decision ultimately rests with state lawmakers who can't seem to come to an agreement.
Earle, a pupil of famed songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, has had countless hits on the country music charts, both from his own releases, such as his debut record, 1986's "Guitar Town," and from hits for legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris.
Visit Southern Poverty Law Center's website to listen to "Mississippi, It's Time."
Here are the dates for the performances for this year's state fair.
October 1- Thompson Square
October 2- Ginuwine
October 3- Blue Oyster Cult
October 4- Rhythm & Blues Event: King Edward
October 6- Hinder
October 7- Marshall Tucker Band
October 8- The Charlie Daniels Band
October 9- The Spinners
October 10- Texas Country Showdown – Midway – Free
October 11- Country Rock: Acoustic Crossroads (pavilion) & Brantley Gilbert (coliseum)
For times and more information about the Mississippi State FAir can be found here: http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/ms_fair_commission/state-fair.htm
A plethora of new music...
See the new Paul McCartney video filmed partly in Natchez...
Hear a new version of "Born in the USA" and this week's new releases...
Live music and new releases...
The International Gumbo Festival returns to downtown Jackson.
Regional picks and new releases
If you've been itching to see Bruno Mars live, this weekend is your chance. He'll be playing the FedEx Forum in Memphis on 6/6. If that's not good enough, head down to New Orleans and catch his set at the Smoothie King Center on 6/7. Either way, you're sure to have a great time. Why not just go to both shows?
If you need to stay away from the Enormodome and just want some good rock music, check out Better Than Ezra at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi on 6/7.
Tupelo pays tribute to its native son, Elvis at the Tupelo Elvis Festival at the Bancorp South Arena on 6/6.
If you just want to stay home and listen to records, then there's plenty of new stuff to keep you inside all weekend long:
Miranda Lambert - Platinum (Country)
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Noise Pop)
Fucked Up - Glass Boys (Rock)
Die Antwoord - Donker Mag (Dance)
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Rock)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (Pop/Rock)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Meteorites (Alternative)
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour (Pop/Rock)
50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win (Rap)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run (Rock)
Camper Van Beethoven - El Camino Real (Alternative)
Dave Alvin / Phil Alvin - Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Americana)
Devon Williams - Gilding the Lily (Pop)
Morrissey - Vauxhall & I [20th Anniversary Edition Definitive] (Alternative)
Cypress Grove / Lydia Lunch - A Fistful of Desert Blues (Punk)
Big Smo - Kuntry Livin' (Country)
Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction (Americana)
Here's the new releases for this week...
Mariah Carey - Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse (Contemporary R&B)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Alternative Singer/Songwriter)
Robyn / Röyksopp - Do It Again (Downbeat)
Hercules & Love Affair - The Feast of the Broken Heart (Club/Dance)
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour (Pop)
Cher Lloyd - Sorry I'm Late (Pop)
Bruce Robison / Kelly Willis - Our Year (Americana)
Ben Frost - A U R O R A (Experimental Electronic)
Owen Pallett - In Conflict (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Napolian - Incursio (Left-Field Hip-Hop)
Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary (Americana)
Various Artists - Sound of Siam, Vol. 2: Molam & Luk Thung 1970-1982 (Thai Pop)
They Might Be Giants - Idlewild: A Compilation (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Kiss - Kiss 40 Years: Decades of Decibels (Arena Rock)
Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Indie Pop)
Popstrangers - Fortuna (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Crowbar - Symmetry in Black (Heavy Metal)
Pearl Jam just announced some 2014 tour dates. Looks like Eddie Vedder and company will hit the FedEx Forum in Memphis in October after playing the Austin City Limits Festival. Go here for the full skinny.
There are some heavy hitters on this week's new releases:
Coldplay - Ghost Stories (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Alternative Rap)
Conor Oberst - Upside-Down Mountain (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
Oasis - Definitely Maybe [Deluxe Edition] (Alternative Pop/Rock)
Miles Davis - Take Off: The Complete Blue Note Albums (Cool Jazz)
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Brantley Gilbert - Just as I Am (Contemporary Country)
Yann Tiersen - ∞ (Infinity) (Film Score)
R.E.M. - Complete Rarities I.R.S. 1982-1987 (Alternative Pop/Rock)
R.E.M. - Unplugged 1991 & 2001: The Complete Sessions (Alternative Pop/Rock)
Archie Bronson - Outfit Wild Crush (Indie Rock)
Billy Joel - A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia (Contemporary Pop/Rock)
Trans Am - Volume X (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Afrojack - Forget the World (EDM)
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Goin' Home (Modern Electric Blues)
Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria (Funky Breaks)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (Adult Alternative Pop/Rock)
Comet Control - Comet Control (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Plaid - Reachy Prints (Techno)
Pujol - Kludge (Indie Rock)
John Doe - The Best of John Doe This Far (Roots Rock)
Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies (Alternative/Indie Rock)
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror (Neo-Psychedelia)
Chatham County Line - Tightrope (Bluegrass)
Bo Ningen - III (Alternative/Indie Rock)
FKA Twigs - EP2 (Indie Electronic)
Les Big Byrd - They Worshipped Cats (Indie Rock)
Hank Thompson - Songs for Rounders/At the Golden Nugget (Bakersfield Sound)
Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 (Honky Tonk)
Bottin - Punica Fides (Left-Field House)
Hollis Brown - Gets Loaded (American Trad Rock)
Hedley - Wild Life (Punk-Pop)