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MULTI GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS FEATURED IN LIVE MUSIC CONCERT SERIES COMING TO JIMMY BUFFETT’S HOMETOWN
Several Grammy Award winners, including the incomparable Rodney Crowell and the legendary J.D. Souther, are featured in a new live music series coming to Pascagoula this Fall.
Grand Magnolia Music takes place in Jimmy Buffett’s hometown, beginning the second week of October. In addition to several shows in the Fall Series, the shows will continue after the first of the year with several more shows for the Spring Series. All of the shows will have a connection in some form or fashion to the Mayor of Margaritaville.
The series is part of the 10th annual Mississippi Songwriters Festival, in association with “Jazz Fest Unplugged” and is also sponsored by Cathead Vodka, Lagniappe Weekly and Scranton’s Restaurant and Catering as well as the Grand Magnolia Ballroom and Suites.
The first show on Mon., Oct. 14th features the multi Grammy Award winner Crowell with special guest Will Kimbrough. This is a rescheduled event from August.
Crowell’s place in the pantheon of country music performers has long been established, but has further been enhanced by his prominent role in the new documentary series “Country Music” by Ken Burns on PBS. Also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Crowell has five number one hits of his own and a legacy of song writing excellence which has made him an icon among giants. With strong roots in country music, Crowell has written chart-topping hits for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and more. But owing to the distinctly universal, literary quality of his award-winning writing, he has also penned beloved songs for artists as diverse as Buffett, Bob Seger, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, John Denver and countless others.
Among the most popular songs in Crowell’s catalog are “Stars on the Water”, “Shame on the Moon”, “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight”, “Long Hard Road”. “Voilá, An American Dream”, “Ashes by Now”, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” and “Please Remember Me”.
The Pascagoula native Buffett has said numerous times over the past few decades that “Stars on the Water” is a one of his favorite songs that he has ever covered, and is one of just a few that he wished he written himself.
Overall, Crowell has penned 15 songs that reached number one on the country charts. In addition to his Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Americana Album, he has earned six other Grammy Nominations.
Kimbrough, a Mobile native, is not just your ordinary, every day opening act. During this legendary career, Crowell counts Kimbrough as one of his favorite collaborators. They have worked together as members of “The Red Dirt Boys”, Emmylou Harris’ back-up band, of which Kimbrough is still a member, and Kimbrough has been a member of Crowell’s touring band in the past as well.
Buffett has recorded eight Kimbrough penned songs over his past five studio albums, and Kimbrough is an honorary member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band as well.
“Perhaps the best thing I can say about Will Kimbrough is this: When I grow up I want to be like him.” Crowell said.
John David Souther will take the stage in Pascagoula on Sunday, Oct. 27th at “An intimate evening with J.D. Souther”.
Considered as the fifth original member of The Eagles, Souther wrote or co-wrote some of the most definitive country rock songs of the ’70s and ’80s, performed by almost all of the genre’s defining artists including the Eagles (“Heartache Tonight,” “Best of My Love”, “New Kid in Town”), Don Henley (“The Heart of the Matter”), James Taylor (“Her Town Too”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Prisoner in Disguise”). He also had a hit of his own with a song he wrote, “You’re Only Lonely,”
Souther is also a close friend with Jackson Browne, with whom he has collaborated many times throughout the years as well.
His song “How Long”, recorded by the Eagles, won a Grammy for best Country Performance in 2008.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Lee Roy Parnell will play in Pascagoula on Thursday, Nov. 14th. The popular Americana / blues rock artist and slide guitar virtuoso is described as “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul and southern rock traditions.”
Much of his work (including songs that he’s penned for others) has regularly found a home inside the Top 40 and have even garnered Grammy considerations. His hit list of songs include “On The Road,” and “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am,” as well as “Holding My Own,” and “Love Without Mercy”.
The Mobile duo Phil and Foster will open the show.
For more information on the series, and to buy tickets, please visit grandmagmusic.com. A portion of each ticket sold will go to Dixie Adoptables Animal Rescue to aid in the adoption transport project.
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