Like many students at Mississippi State University, Don Ryvcko juggles class hours, school work and a part-time job.
STARKVILLE — One of the most under-the-radar musicians in the Golden Triangle splits his time between Columbus and Starkville throughout the year.
Music on the battlefield: From fifes and drums to banjos and bugles, the role of music in the American military spans from the Revolutionary War to today
On a hot summer’s day, William Pat Arinder sat outside a log cabin built in 1838, frailing “Oh! Susanna” on an 1850s banjo. He wore a buttoned-up wool Confederate jacket, faded grey with red detailing at the collar and sleeves, designed for a lanky artillery soldier, with tall leather riding boots and a brown hat embellished with a gold ‘C’ on the side.
Main Street Columbus will host its eighth year of Noon Tunes at the courtyard of the Trotter Convention Center beginning Thursday.
Incentives for recorded music sound good to some Mississippi lawmakers.
Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage.
The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
On Saturday, March 8, the Back Street Opry in the historic Lamar Theatre in Vernon, Ala., will celebrate its 25th anniversery with a free Grand Ole Opry-style stage show.
Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre’s royalty, from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson.
But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name.
In cotton country a couple miles east of the Mississippi River, just off a road known as the blues highway, fourth graders at Tunica Elementary School are exploring the Delta’s homegrown music to learn about rhythm, rhyme and chord progression.