Jerry Lee Lewis Receives Mississippi Country Music Trail Marker and Sings “Touching Home”

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music icon Jerry Lee Lewis received a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail Thursday afternoon at the Lewis Ranch, his longtime home in Nesbit, Mississippi. The event was his first public appearance since a minor stroke in March 2019 and signals a productive 2020 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Watch the presentation here, featuring an acoustic performance of Marty Stuart’s “Touching Home” with Lewis joining in and singing along.

“After pioneering the genres of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly with hits that crossed the country music charts, Jerry Lee decided to move to Nesbit to settle down, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that the music legend is calling Mississippi home,” Governor Phil Bryant said, adding, “it is an honor to dedicate a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker here on his ranch.

In addition to Governor Bryant, the marker unveiling ceremony included remarks from GRAMMY®-winning musician and Mississippi Country Music Trail Commissioner Marty Stuart, Visit Mississippi Director and Mississippi Country Music Trail President Craig Ray, publicist from DeSoto County Supervisor Michael Lee’s Lewis Zach Farnum and Visit Mississippi Tourism Development Office Manager Kamel King. Also in attendance were Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, country artist Steve Azar, Recording Academy’s Jon Hornyak and many other local notables.

A native of Ferriday, Louisiana, Lewis began his musical career in Natchez, Miss. The 1956 rock ‘n’ roll classics “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls of Fire” both topped the country charts. Beginning in 1968, the singer had a string of country music hits, including “To Make Love Sweeter for You”, “There Must Be More to Love Than This”, and “Would You Take Another Chance on Me?” In 1973, the musician established the Lewis Ranch in Nesbit.

The marker is located at the Lewis Ranch, 1595 Malone Rd. in Nesbit. This is the 34th marker on the trail. The Lewis Ranch is open for tours by appointment at thelewisranch.com.

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

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