MERIDIAN — Special to The Star
Music lovers will not be disappointed by the MSU Riley Center’s Spring/Summer Series, which is filled with hit-makers from a variety of genres and decades.
The series kicks off March 22, when singing/songwriting veteran Roseanne Cash comes to town, fresh off the debut of her latest album, “The River & the Thread.”
Skillful songwriting weaves its way throughout this season of shows. The Southern Soul Assembly tour joins the instrumental and songwriting talents JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, and Luther Dickinson, four musicians steeped in Southern soul music. John Prine — lauded within the industry for his songwriting chops—brings four decades of well-crafted tunes to the stage. Opening for Prine is Holly Williams, granddaughter and daughter of Hank Williams Sr. and Jr.
The spotlight shines bright on songwriters for the “The Heart Behind the Music” tour, which features talented musicians performing, as well as talking about the meaning behind their hit songs. The tour’s Meridian stop includes Bryan White (“I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore”), Billy Dean (“Only Here for a Little While”), Collin Raye (“Love, Me,”), and Deana Carter (“Strawberry Wine”).
As a Grammy winner, Emmy winner, and music legend managing to capture the hearts of several generations, Tony Bennett may be the hottest summer ticket of the season. His July performance is sponsored by The Riley Foundation, a philanthropy which has served Meridian and Lauderdale County for 15 years.
Touring through Meridian after the 2013 release of her latest album is the much-loved Amy Grant. Country music favorite Clint Black also brings his talents and easy-going stage presence to the Riley Center this season. Versatile industry veteran, singer/songwriter, and producer Eric Benét will delight R&B fans with his June performance.
Ticketholders may also find themselves dancing and singing along during “SHADOWS OF THE '60’S” A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN SUPER GROUPS created by entertainment veteran Dave Revel and featuring songs of The Four Tops, The Temptations and The Supremes.