Est. 1997

he Black Crowes released Shake Your Money Maker.

Done Henley gets down to the Heart Of The Matter.

Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith, better known as Kris Kross were discovered at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta in 1991 by Jermaine Dupri.

March 1992, NBC announced Branford Marsalis will take over as Music Director and Arranger for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Country artists, Marty Stuart, and Alan Jackson, brought new fans to country music.

Chris Whitley's debut album, Living With The Law,  was acclaimed by both critics and the popular press. Entertainment Weekly names this as one of the "100 must-have rock albums."

In 1993, just under 23 percent of U.S. households had computers, and a negligible number accessed the Internet with early browsers, searching a mere 600 websites.

Sheryl Crow was born and raised in a small town in Southeastern Missouri and grew up listening to music from Memphis. A&M Records released her Tuesday Night Music Club in 1993.

Isaac Tigrett from Jackson, Tennessee, opened the first House Of Blues in 1993.

Outkast, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers André "3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994.

Collective Soul from Stockbridge, Georgia, hit the big time in the Spring of 1994 with their hit single "Shine."

In 1994, Hootie and the Blowfish released Cracked Rear View.

Hell Freezes Over.

According to the Record Industry Association of America, 35% of all compact disc, cassettes, music videos, and LPs sold in the U.S. in 1995 were purchased in the Southern region of the United States.

D'Angelo's debut studio album, Brown Sugar was released in 1995.

Little Richard, B. B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Al Green, and other musicians performed during the three-hour ceremony of a massive "Southern Jamboree" jam session to close the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

After the release of their 1996 self-titled debut album, it didn’t take long for Nashville’s groundbreaking country band BR5-49 to move beyond the thriving "Lower Broadway" music scene.

The Austin, Texas trio known as Fastball release their 1998 album All the Pain Money Can Buy.

Yourself Or Someone Like You, the debut album from Grammy-nominated matchbox20.

"Blood on the Fields" by Wynton Marsalis, premiered on January 28, 1997 at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.  Mr. Marsalis wins the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Lyle Lovett won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Album.

Fourteen-year-old LeAnn Rimes' debut record, "Blue," entered Billboard's country chart at number 49, making Rimes the youngest country singer to debut that high.

Erykah Badu released Baduizm and  LIVE in 1997

Ben Folds Five, Deana Carter, Junior Brown and The Squirrel Nut Zippers hit the road in 1997.

Rounder Records released The Alan Lomax "Collection Sampler" ...the most sweeping portrait ever assembled of American vernacular music . . . (Elijah Wald, Boston Globe), . . .Alan Lomax, one of the secret shapers of 20th-century culture . . . (New York Times).

Feb 10, 1997--Westinghouse Electric Corporation (NYSE:  WX) and Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE:  GET) announced a definitive agreement whereby Westinghouse will acquire, through a plan of merger, Gaylord Entertainment's two major cable networks ­ TNN:  The Nashville Network and CMT:  Country Music Television.

Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer Missy Elliott launched her solo career in 1997 with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly.

Southern Culture On The Skids released Plastic Seat Sweat in 1997.

Work on the script for O Brother, Where Art Thou? began in December 1997.

Southern Music Network streamed the first live internet broadcast from Sun Studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee on August 15, 1997.

The '98 Grammys - Aretha Franklin stepped in at the last instant for ailing opera star Luciano Pavarotti and blew everybody away with "Nessun dorma", the hero's big aria from Puccini's Turandot.

Master P made Forbes list of Top 40 Entertainers

Shawn Mullins- After grinding it out for years, his song Lullaby finally caught the attention of 99X, an influential Atlanta "new rock"-format radio station.  Columbia Records signed Mullins and re-released his CD, Soul's Core.

Dixie Chicks debut disc, Wide Open Spaces, was declared quadruple platinum indicative of over four million albums sold.

Britney Spears' . . . Baby One More Time was one of 1999s biggest-selling pop albums.

1999 - Lucinda Williams wins the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album" Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. #1 in "Village Voice" pop critics poll!  "4 1/2 Stars" - Rolling Stone   "Album of the year" - Spin

Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio was designated as a historic landmark.


By Carl P. McConnell