Mt. Olive opens museum to honor country great Billy Ray Reynolds


by Rebecca Turner, Our Mississippi Home

A native of Mt. Olive, Mississippi, Billy Ray Reynolds began writing songs and performing in nightclubs at an early age. Reynolds’s career spans 40 years in Nashville until returning home to Mt. Olive in 2003, where he continued to write and record music under his label, Antebellum Music.

Reynolds’s dream of heading to Nashville started in the farm fields of Mississippi. “Billy Ray’s family farmed 40 acres of cotton and corn,” shared his wife, Lora Reynolds. “He grew up singing church hymns with his dad as they plowed the fields. When he couldn’t remember a line, he would make one up, and sometimes he liked his version better.” “Those early days in the fields gave him the dream and vision of leaving Mississippi for Nashville to become a songwriter,” she added.

This article first appeared on Our Mississippi Home.

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