Jackson – While Memphis prepares for the Beale Street Music Fest and the Handy Awards, Henry Harrison is attempting to claim Jackson, Tennessee’s rockabilly heritage with Rockabilly Fest 2000 and the groundbreaking of the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Harrison has progressed further than anyone in shaking Jackson toward acceptance of its musical legacy.
Carl Perkins did achieve local status through his civic work, telethons, and the establishment of the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
But the distinct place Jackson held in rockabilly history has yet to be appreciated or reflected in local efforts.
Harrison’s dogged pursuit of a Hall of Fame now has the Chamber and the City somewhat involved.
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce has signed on as sponsor of a Brenda Lee Autograph Party Friday, April 14th, from 10:00 till 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of Jackson’s new City Hall.
And Harrison reported on Steve Bowers’ “Prime Time Drive” at News-Talk 101.5 FM that the city was going to allow the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame to be built adjacent to Pringles Park, the stadium home of the West TN Diamond Jaxx, a Chicago Cubs Southern League affiliate.
Plans Continue For International
Rockabilly Hall of Fame Show
Jackson, Tennessee – Promoter Henry Harrison continues work toward a September show in Jackson to officially launch efforts to build the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson.
Inquiries on this effort are already coming into rockabillytennessee.com from out-of-state newspapers and radio stations. These inquiries are indicative of growing interest in this project and recognition that Jackson, Tennessee would be an appropriate and authentic site for the hall.
Rockabillytennessee.com will provide the latest information available on this project.
Working date(s) for the show September 16-17 1999, with a possible third day the 18th.
Final plans and scheduling are expected soon.