Latest Country Music Trail marker honors Steve Azar

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Country music artist & Greenville native Steve Azar has been enshrined on the Mississippi Country Music Trail as the trail’s 32nd marker was unveiled during a ceremony at the Delta Hot Tamale Festival over the weekend.

Azar released his first album in 1996, but it was his second album, ďWaitiní on JoeĒ that catapulted the Delta nativeís career in 2001. ďI Donít Have to be Me tilí MondayĒ was the first single released off the album and it would live on to be one of the Top 5 most played songs on country radio of all time. The albumís title track also became a Top 10 radio hit. The songís music video featured Academy Award winner and fellow Mississippian Morgan Freeman and reached #1 on the CMT video charts.

Azar has since released four albums, the last two featuring The Kings Men, the former backup band to B.B. King.

Related:†Azarís album documentary highlights Delta roots

An advocate for the Mississippi Delta region, Azar co-founded the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival and serves as founder and host of the annual Delta Soul Celebrity Golf and Charity event.

Azar was named Mississippiís Music and Culture Ambassador in 2017 by Governor Bryant, who was in attendance at Fridayís ceremony.

ďSteve Azar has long shared his musical talents with the world and since I appointed him as Mississippiís Music and Culture Ambassador in 2017, he has gone above and beyond in sharing the stateís story worldwide,Ē Governor Bryant said. ďIím honored to be on hand to unveil this marker celebrating his country music accomplishments and advocacy for music tourism.Ē

The Steve Azar Mississippi Country Music Trail marker can be found in front of Jimís Cafť at 314 Washington Ave.

Azar, the host of ‘In a Mississippi Minute’ on SuperTalk Mississippi, will also host a concert in Leland on November 2nd to benefit those impacted by the recent flooding in the Mississippi Delta.

Founded in 2010, the Mississippi Country Music Trail recognizes the stateís contributions to country music. To learn more about the Mississippi Country Music Trail, visit mscountrymusictrail.org.

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