First Sidewalk Star To Be Placed By Country Music Artists

This appeared in The Meridian Star - February 10, 2009

In a ceremony on Sunday (February 15), Mississippi country music artist Marty Stuart will unveil the first of many star-shaped plaques to be placed in the sidewalks of downtown Meridian.

The stars will honor of Mississippi artists who have made outstanding national and worldwide contributions to the arts. The honoree, whose name will not be revealed until the ceremony, was selected by the board of directors of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center.

The unveiling is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Fifth Street and 22nd Avenue in front of the MSU-Riley Center for the Performing Arts.

Also on hand for the ceremony will be MAEC president Tommy Dulaney, Mississippi entertainer and former MAEC president Paul Ott, other MAEC board members, and Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith.

Stuart will perform in concert Sunday afternoon with fellow country music artist Kathy Mattea at the Riley Center.

Stuart, who is a Philadelphia native, has scored six top-ten hits, one platinum album, five gold albums, and four Grammy awards. He is a singer, songwriter, and producer and has been performing since the age of 12.

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