Mississippi Grammy Winners and Nominees Honored at Gulf Coast EventBy Rhonda Miller | Published 08 Jun 2011 01:54am |
Mississippi’s diverse musical heritage is earning national recognition. As MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports, many of the state’s Grammy winners and nominees were recognized at a celebration of their music in Biloxi Tuesday night.
Even before the musicians get on stage, a classic B.B. King recording sets the mood. There are no awards at this Mississippi event, just appreciation for the musicians, like B.B. King and his 15 Grammys.
Jimbo Mathus played guitar on a Grammy-winning album by Buddy Guy, and earned other Grammy nominations. Mathus lives in Oxford now, and he is being recognized by the Governor for his music, but he says it wasn’t always like that.
"Mississippi itself does not lift up its own musicians. I had to go to North Carolina to get recognition as a musician," Mathus said.
Cody and Luther Dickinson of The North Mississippi Allstars earned three Grammy nominations.
Cody Dickinson says he can’t imagine living anywhere but Mississippi.
"It’s just an essential part of who I am. It’s a part of my identity as an artist and if I lose that, I’m afraid I would be completely lost," Dickinson said.
Luther Dickinson says they grew up hearing legendary blues musicians, but now their music doesn’t have a category.
"We love blues and we play blues songs, but by the time we’re done with it, it turns into Mississippi rock 'n' roll," he said.
Gov. Haley Barbour said word is spreading that Mississippi is the birthplace of American music.
"If you look at the blues, everybody understands and agrees it was created in the Missisippi Delta. Elvis Presley, the king of rock 'n' roll. Jimmie Rodgers, the king of country music, was from Meridian, Mississippi."
Barbour said music is not only part of the state's culture, history and heritage. He the music is an important part of Mississippi's economy
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