By Suzanne Lynch, Director of Marketing and Development –
The Tennesee Arts Commission awarded Arts in McNairy an FY2017 Creative Placemaking grant for $7,680. The grant was for a Cultural Heritage Walking Trail, a .8 mile walking trail in downtown Selmer that connects existing cultural and community assets. Additionally, the grant would include trail markers to commemorate members of the McNairy County Music Hall of Fame designed by artists, and a mobile app to augment visitors’ experiences.
The project is well under way. Jordan Hall from WBBJ News 7 in Jackson reported that the app titled McNairy Trail of Music Legends will launch in June on Apple iTunes and Google Play. “Sounds of McNairy County are coming back to life through a new app, which will take visitors through downtown Selmer this summer,” reported Hall.
McNairy County Chamber CEO Eddie Crittendon told Hall that visitors will be able to visit the different sites on the trail and learn about the music history of McNairy County. “They can go to different monuments and learn about the different music history of McNairy County and those folks who, some long-gone now, contributed to making McNairy County the musical site of country music and rockabilly,” Crittendon said.
The app was created by Bryan Huff. It will launch with about two dozen names of musicians who’ve had an impact in the West Tennessee hub for rockabilly and feature their old recordings in their original form. Eventually, all inductees to the McNairy County Music Hall of Fame will be permanently memorialized on McNairy County’s Trail of Music Legends.
The project is sponsored by Arts in McNairy, in cooperation with Tennessee Arts Commission, McNairy County Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Association of Southwest Tennessee, the City of Selmer and McNairy County.