“Jackson’s Still My Home” receives Regional Recognition

April 1, 2021

Josh Smith, Dr. Jeremy Tubbs, Kyle Spurgeon and Jimmy Exum receive awards from the Southern Economic Development Council.

The song, “Jackson's Still My Home,” produced as a community anthem for Jackson, Tennessee, received regional recognition from the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) with an "Award of Superior" during a Communications Awards celebration.

Awards were given to songwriters Josh Smith and Dave Thomas; Producer Dr. Jeremy Tubbs, University of Memphis - Lambuth; Jimmy Exum, co-owner of Jaxon Records; and Jackson Chamber's Kyle Spurgeon, who initiated the idea.

The song highlights Tennessee's musical roots with the city's unique identity. It was recorded by The Hub City All-Stars, which is composed of about 30 artists from Jackson.

Audio was recorded at Jaxon Records, downtown, featuring local and regional musicians who were hand-selected to perform on the audio track and appear in a music video. The video was recorded by videographer Jeremy Gleason and highlights iconic locations in downtown Jackson. The song was produced by Dr. Jeremy Tubbs, director of music and entertainment at the University of Memphis - Lambuth and Josh Smith.

"From the blues of Beale Street to the bluegrass of the Smoky Mountains, music is celebrated statewide in Tennessee," said Kyle Spurgeon, president and CEO of the Jackson Chamber. "As the chamber, we look to highlight the best of the best across all industries, and we were honored to work with Josh's song and this talented group of musicians to showcase the pride of Jackson and our rich musical heritage. We are thrilled to receive these awards from the SEDC."

About the Southern Economic Development Council

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with members in 17 states in the American South. SEDC’s mission is to “provide useful information and dynamic leadership to economic development practitioners throughout the American South.”