Travel back ten years to when Faith Hill sung of her Mississippi upbringing

Faith Hill has never forgotten her roots.

So, as she performed her hit single “Mississippi Girl” on an NBC Holiday Special at The Pantages Theater in Los Angeles back in 2005, the crowd ate up her down-home values and love for her home state.

And her home state still has much love for her too.

“Nashville country music stardom attracted many performers, songwriters and producers from nearby Mississippi, from Jimmie Rodgers to Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Moe Bandy and Faith Hill,” said Visit Mississippi Director Malcolm White in a recent press release. “Seeking opportunities for advancement and versatility, our talented musicians carried with them to Nashville a type of Mississippi soul, a reverberation of the deep South, heard through their blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues influenced country music sound.”

In an attempt to mark the history of some of Mississippi’s biggest country stars, the Mississippi Country Music Trail will unveil its first out of state marker on June 4 at 1111 16th Avenue South in good ole Nashville, Tennessee.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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