GULF SHORES, Ala. (Sept. 7, 2021) - This August, ConventionSouth magazine, a national print and digital resource for organizations who plan events in the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for their favorite small towns with thriving music scenes. The Facebook ballot provided a list of 15 off-the-beaten-path destinations from across the South that stand out for their local sound. The top 8 vote-getters are receiving recognition as "The South's Top Small Towns with Big Sound.:

The winners are:

  1. Statesville, North Carolina
  2. Lafayette, Louisiana
  3. Cleveland, Mississippi
  4. Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  5. Macon, Georgia
  6. Denton, Texas
  7. Florence/Lauderdale County and Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  8. Stillwater, Oklahoma

Each city will be featured within a special segment of the Music & Meetings feature in the November 2021 issue of ConventionSouth.They can also be found online at and on our Facebook page

Readers and fans were asked to vote on destinations that offer distinctive musical experiences for groups and tourists alike, according to ConventionSouth editor Catherine Dorrough. "With our Music & Meetings feature, and particularly with this social contest, we're celebrating the South's role as the birthplace of so many genres that are foundational to America's musical heritage, from the blues and bluegrass to zydeco and rock 'n' roll. Cities across the South carry on that musical legacy today, with local bands and industry influencers who continue to innovate and experiment. We already think of Nashville and New Orleans as music cities, but we wanted to pay tribute to the smaller towns along the byways of the South that play an equally important role in fostering musical creativity. When groups have an opportunity to hear the unique rhythms of a city, they gain a deeper understanding of the local culture - and they get an opportunity to let loose and have some fun, which any planner will tell you is essential to hosting a successful event."

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