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May 17, 2014

Rodgers Music Symposium sets tone for festival

MERIDIAN —     The Jimmie Rogers Foundation held its fifth consecutive Music Symposium Friday afternoon at Peavey Electronics.

    This event helped set the tone for the 2014 Jimmie Rogers Festival which kicked off Thursday and continues today. This marks the 61st anniversary for the festival that has adopted a theme of "Jimmie Rogers: His Friends and Collaborators," including the Ralph Peer and Elsie McWilliams.

    This years Music Symposium included renditions of some of Rogers classic songs, various guest speakers, and a contribution of Jimmie Rogers Memorial Folio Volume 2, autographed by Elsie McWilliams, from Otha Barham.

    "We are so happy that Otha Barham decided to share his valuable and very important memory of his visit with Elsie McWilliams in 1972 when she gave him and autographed him this songbook," said Betty Lou Jones, president of the Jimmie Rogers Foundation.

    "This will be a very important part of our Elsie McWilliams display in the Jimmie Rogers Museum. It will be something for people to look at, to know, and to appreciate, the history of of Elsie McWilliams and Jimmie Rogers," Jones said.

    The crowd got to hear Jimmie Rogers interpreter and entertainer Britt Gully perform some of Rogers classic songs. Gully said the Jimmie Rogers Festival is beneficial to the area because it allows to keep Jimmies memory alive here in Meridian.

     "Jimmie Rogers Festival is a wonderful thing, that has been around forever. It all started with Jimmie., he took over the world from right here in Meridian, it is important they we know that each year," Gully said.

    The festival wraps up today at Singing Brakeman Park on Front Street.  

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