NORWAY: MS Blues Trail Marker (Notodden Blues Festival)

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Blues Trail is going international.

Mississippi has erected more than 150 Blues Trail markers to highlight the musicand its influence on Mississippi. A marker to be unveiled Friday inNotodden, Norway, is the first international marker. It will be unveiledduring the 25th Annual Notodden Blues Festival.

Alex Thomas, with the Mississippi DevelopmentAuthority’s tourism division, says the marker reinforces the globalinfluence of a genre born in Mississippi.

The Notodden Blues Festival has hosted dozens ofartists from Mississippi. In 1996, Notodden and Clarksdale, Miss.,became sister cities with cultural exchanges including performances byNorwegian artists at Clarksdale’s annual Sunflower River Blues andGospel Festival.

(Story distributed by The Associated Press)