This spring, Holmes Community College is hosting a series, "Exploring the Mississippi Delta," on the Ridgeland Campus to celebrate the Delta's rich heritage. The first event is a performance and presentation, "The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of American Music" by Tricia Walker on Monday, Feb. 26. Walker, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and director of the Delta Institute of Music at Delta State University, will perform at 12:30 p.m. in the McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Holmes Ridgeland Campus.
A native of Mississippi, she earned her bachelor's from DSU and her master's from Mississippi College before moving to Nashville in 1980 to pursue a career in music. As a writer for Word Music and PolyGram music she has written songs that were recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Kathy Troccoli and Allison Krauss. Krauss even on a Grammy for her version of the song, "Looking in the Eyes of Love," which Walker co-wrote with her. She also worked as a vocalist and instrumentalist with award-winning artists Shania Twain and Paul Overstreet.
Walker has also served as creative director for Crossfield Music Publishing where she developed a staff of five writers and produced company demos and masters. She was the founder of the Bluebird Cafe's legendary Women in the Round, a writer's show featuring singer/songwriters Ashley Cleveland, Karen Staley, Pam Tillis and herself. To learn more about Walker, visit her blog/website at http://bigfrontporch.com/.
As the "Exploring the Mississippi Delta" series progresses, Holmes English Composition II students will be reading and discussing the New York Times Best Deller "Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta" by Richard Grant. A British citizen, Grant offers a look at the Delta as an adventurous travel writer who braved mosquitoes, humidity, snakes and southern drawling natives to hold a mirror up to readers of a world both familiar and perplexing.