Classic Country Concert Series Coming to Pascagoula

A trio of legendary Classic Country music artists is coming to the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula this fall.

Lee Roy Parnell, Michel Martin Murphey, and Deana Carter are all headed to South Mississippi beginning next week. The trio, responsible for over 20 number one hits over the years on the country and pop music charts, form the “Classic Country Concert Series” presented by Grand Magnolia Music and Roy’s Bar in Pascagoula. Tickets for all three shows are currently on sale at

On Thursday, Sept 22, the slide guitar legend, singer/songwriter and classic country hitmaker Parnell returns to Pascagoula for a 7:00 p.m., show.

The critically acclaimed, Grammy Award nominee Parnell, was one of the top hitmakers in country music for over two decades after relocating to Nashville from Texas. He is also a member of the prestigious Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.

One of the top country music performers throughout the 1990s and the first part of the 21st century, some of Parnell’s bigger radio hits include “What Kind of Fool do you think I am,” “Love without Mercy,” “On the Road” and “Holding my own” as well as “Tender Moments” and “A Little bit of you” among numerous others.

He has charted more than 20 singles on the Top 40 country charts, including 7 top 10 hits.

Murphey will be making his debut in Pascagoula on Sunday, Oct. 23rd. It will also mark his first appearance on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the first time in over 25 years.

Rolling Stone Magazine once called the multiple Grammy Award Nominee Murphey “One of the best songwriters in the country”. And country superstar Garth Brooks said of Murphey, “One of the three main influences on my career”

Murphey’s musical journey has taken many unpredictable paths over the past five decades, as he has topped the pop, country and bluegrass charts. He is best known for his chart-topping hits “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Cherokee Fiddle” and “Backsliders Wine” among many others across his 35 albums released to date.

Murphey will be the fourth member of the prestigious Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame to perform at The Grand Magnolia in the past five years, along with Rodney Crowell, J.D. Souther and Lee Roy Parnell.

Three-time Grammy Award Nominee Deana Carter is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough debut album “Did I shave my legs for this”, and she is bringing her songs to The Grand Magnolia in Pascagoula for the first time ever.

Carter will play The Grand Magnolia Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 28th. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Her initial album, of course, is anchored by the dreamy super hit ”Strawberry Wine”, which was named “Single of the Year” by The Country Music Association. The song also garnered nominations for “Song of the Year’, “Video of the year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year”.

Overall, Carter’s albums have accounted for 14 singles, including three which reached Number One on the Billboard country charts. In addition to “Strawberry Wine”, “We danced anyway” and “How Do I get there” also topped the charts. “Did I Shave my Legs for this” and “Count Me In” are also among Carter’s most popular songs as well.

She also co-wrote “You and Tequila”, which became a big hit for Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter. That song was nominated as The Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year”, as well as two Grammy nods, including the coveted “Song of the Year”. It also received a nomination as The Academy of Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year”.

The appearance by Parnell, Murphey and Carter at The Grand Magnolia continues the venue’s tradition of bringing top artists of the Classic Country genre to South Mississippi. In the past year or so, John Conlee, Rodney Crowell, The Bellamy Brothers and Paul Overstreet have all played the Grand Magnolia. Also, Coral Reefer Band leader Mac McAnally and Tony Haselden of LeRoux, both of which have penned many classic country hits, have played solo at The Grand Magnolia. Over 30 artists have stood on stage at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry and also played at The Grand Magnolia over the past five years.

Grand Magnolia Music is sponsored by Roy’s Bar in Pascagoula, Liquors Unlimited in Pascagoula, Burnham Drugs in Moss Point and Riverside Dental in Moss Point as well as Linda Walsh of Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty and Dustin Thomas for Elect Dustin Thomas County Prosecutor along with The Grand Magnolia Ballroom and Suites, Scranton’s Restaurant and Catering, The Beau Rivage Casino and Resort, Cathead Vodka and Lagniappe Weekly in Mobile.

A portion of every ticket sold to every show benefits The Animal Transfer Project for Dixie Adoptables Animal Rescue.


Written by Curtis Rockwell

Curtis has almost three decades of experience at four different daily newspapers across South Mississippi, specializing in Sports and live Music.


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