Meridian Star

January 15, 2013

MAEC, Blues Trail to honor Hartley Peavey

Star and marker unveiled Thursday

By Steve Gillespie / Managing Editor
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —      The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center is scheduled to unveil Hartley Peavey's Walk of Fame star in downtown Meridian Thursday.

    The ceremony will take place at Dumont Plaza, 401 22nd Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Free parking will be available in the Arts District public parking garage.

    Also 3 p.m. Thursday is the scheduled unveiling of a Mississippi Blues Trail Marker by the Mississippi Blues Commission, honoring Peavey Electronics at 5022 Hartley Peavey Drive.

    The marker acknowledges Peavey's contributions to the sound of modern electric blues, rock, country, and jazz through its amplifiers, sound systems, electric guitars and basses, as well as honoring the company's technological innovations.

    In an MAEC announcement on the Walk of Fame ceremony, Peavey, the founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, is described as  "one of the country's most successful entertainment business entrepreneurs."

    Stars previously dedicated along the MAEC Walk of Fame include Jimmie Rodgers (who also is honored with a Blues Marker in Meridian), B.B. King, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Sela Ward, Marty Stuart, Morgan Freeman, Moe Bandy, Mac McAnally, Walter Anderson and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

    Founded in 1965 in Meridian, Peavey Electronics is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey, its brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues throughout the world.

    For more information on Peavey Electronics visit the website www.peavey.com.