Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The Sucarnochee Revue launched its 10th season Thursday at noon at the Temple Theatre with Revue Host Jacky Jack White, Hartley Peavey of Peavey Electronics, and special musical guests and dignitaries.
The Revue's 2013 lineup will kickoff June 7 with Meridian's Greatest Hitmakers – the first of seven monthly shows slated at The Temple Theatre – followed by The Revue features Belmont on July 5; Little Big Stars on August 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.
"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, according to a press release.
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, Ala. 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.
The tourism departments in the states of Alabama and Mississippi and the city of Meridian have recognized The Revue's national and worldwide 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.