Vancleave songwriter honored on Country Music Trail

JACKSON, MS (AP) - One of the leading songwriters in country music will be honored Tuesday with a Mississippi Country Music Trail marker in his hometown of Vancleave.

Paul Overstreet got his big break by penning the song "Same Ole Me" for George Jones in 1982. That hit was followed by decades of Top Ten songs and a 5-year streak as BMI's Songwriter of the Year.

Overstreet later gained recognition for his voice as a solo artist and a member of the group SKO. He founded his own record company, Scarlet Moon, in 1999 and was inducted in to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

The statewide Country Music Trail will feature 30 artists - including Jimmie Rodgers, Faith Hill and Charley Pride - in the initial phase.

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