The Mississippi Country Music Trail honors Steve Azar

Jackson, Mississippi — October 19, 2019 — Governor Phil Bryant joined country musician Steve Azar in Greenville on Saturday as he received the 32nd marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail during the Delta Hot Tamale Festival.

“Steve Azar has long shared his musical talents with the world and since I appointed him as Mississippi’s Music and Culture Ambassador in 2017, he has gone above and beyond in sharing the state’s story worldwide,” said Governor Bryant. “I’m honored to be on hand to unveil this marker celebrating his country music accomplishments and advocacy for music tourism.”
Azar released his first album in 1996, but it was his second album, “Waitin’ on Joe” that catapulted the Greenville native’s career in 2001. “I Don’t Have to be Me til’ Monday” 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 album’s title track also became a Top 10 radio hit. The song’s 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. 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. Governor Bryant appointed Azar as Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi in 2017.

The Steve Azar Mississippi Country Music Trail marker can be found in front of Jim’s Café at 314 Washington Ave.

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

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