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The Meridian Star
Where can you go to hear down-home music from Mississippi hitmakers like David Ruffin, Paul Davis, Chris Ethridge and Randy Hauser?
You'll find it all at The Sucarnochee Revue! Show Host and Producer Jacky Jack White invites all music lovers to join him as The Revue marks its 10th anniversary June 7, with "Meridian's Greatest Hitmakers," featuring performances by Britt Gully, Piper Lauderdale, J. Burton Fuller and Mississippi Chris Sharp.
The concert is the first of six monthly shows to be recorded live at Meridian's historic Temple Theatre.
“If this was a baseball team, I’d have Britt Gully hitting lead-off, Piper Lauderdale hitting second, J. Burton Fuller batting third, and Mississippi Chris Sharp batting clean-up. I’d bat right after the pitcher,” said White, who credits Chris Sharp from Porterville as a most valuable player because of his technical expertise in the recording and post-production of the show, and his excellent performance and songwriting skills as a regular act.
“We simply would not have a Sucarnochee Revue without Chris. He is my sounding board when we run into problems. Plus, he has a large and loyal following as an artist.” Sharp and his daughter Piper Lauderdale have been featured in folk festivals around the country as far away as California. Recently, Silverwolf Records released “RED BUGS,” which is Sharp’s third CD on the label.
Britt Gully from Cow Creek is “one of the best songwriters and guitarists anywhere,” according to White. Britt’s new CD “Jimmie Rodgers Guitar” is already being considered an historic event. The Jimmie Rodgers Foundation, with producer Allen Delk, utilized the most prized guitar in the world for Gully to play on this new CD featuring Rodgers songs and two originals from Gully.
“Britt comes from good stock. He had a mighty good momma and daddy. I know they would be so very proud of his current accomplishments,” White said.
Gully will be featured in New York’s Central Park in June for the “Mississippi in the Park” concert.
J. Burton Fuller from Emelle, Ala., has played guitar in this area since the 1950s, first distinguishing himself as an early television star with Danny and the Dudes.
“J. Burton can do anything. He makes his own guitars, wood sculptures ... you name it. He is a pure singer and has near perfect timing on rhythm guitar. Plus, he’s as loyal as a collie dog," White said.
The Sucarnochee Revue returns to The Temple Theatre the first Friday of each month through November. Following Meridian's Greatest Hitmakers will be The Revue features Belmont on July 5; Little Big Stars on Aug. 2; Be Bop a Lula ... Rockin' the Revue on Sept. 6; Retro Country Classics on Oct. 4; Camp Meeting Revue – Peace in the Valley on Nov. 1.
All shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, with advance tickets and group discounts available through The Angie Denney Agency.
"As it is plain to see, The Revue is still going strong. It's great to be wanted and the Queen City music lovers wanted us back," White said. "The Revue and the Temple Theatre fit like an electric guitar and a Peavey amplifier."
The Sucarnochee Revue has helped spread the original, traditional music of the twin states' folk culture and soil-rich Black Belt Region – a heritage that boasts legends like Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and bluesman Willie King – literally around the world.
Featuring musicians from the country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, rock 'n' roll and blues genres, The Revue is a two-hour show recorded live at Meridian's Temple Theatre and at the University of West Alabama's Bibb Graves Auditorium in Livingston. Young artists such as American Idol’s Skylar Laine, as well as award-winning songwriters like Wood Newton and Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham, have graced the Sucarnochee stage.
The Revue's weekly one-hour radio show has aired over 59 stations across the country and worldwide on Internet radio. The Revue has also been syndicated in 10 states and in Australia and has been broadcast on Alabama and Mississippi Public Television and Radio and locally on WMOX-AM on Saturday afternoons. The Revue has aired on two Fox affiliates and one ABC affiliate and is in the process of becoming a thirty minute syndicated television series.
White, a Silverwolf and South City recording artist, is from Livingston and has had songs on the charts as a singer/songwriter since 1985. Artists who have recorded his songs include Ray Stevens, Charley Pride, Buddy Jewell, Steve Wariner, Neal McCoy and Mark Lowery. White received an ASCAP Award for "If I Didn’t Love You" and an NSAI Award for the number one Southern Gospel song, "When Men Pray." More than 100 of his songs have been recorded.
In March 2009, the Sucarnochee Revue radio program was awarded a citation from the Country Music Association for “Outstanding work and promotion of Grassroots Music across the world." In April 2009, White was awarded the Fellowship in Music Grant from the Alabama State Council for the Arts. The Revue has also received recognition from the Black Belt Community Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Tourism departments in Alabama and Mississippi and the city of Meridian have recognized The Revue's national and wordwide impact on the preservation of Folk Music and Folk Culture. The Sucarnochee Revue has proved to be an effective ambassador for the Black Belt and its heritage by showcasing regional music in its most authentic manner.
The Revue is sponsored in Alabama by UWA's Center for the Study of the Black Belt and the Sumter County Fine Arts Council. Alabama show dates are Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Dec. 20, March 14 and April 19. All shows are open to the public with $10 admission at the door.
Want to go?
What: 10th season kick off of Sucarnochee Revue
When: June 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Temple Theater, downtown Meridian
Admission: $10 at the door
Ticket or other Information: Angie Denney, (601) 917-4096 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Adrienne Dison, (601) 938-0802 or email@example.com