Philadelphia, MS native Hardy performs Friday.

No slight to the livestock shows (which run through February 16): if you’re in that world, you’re fully immersed this week and next, I’m certain.

But for the average joe (or Paul as it were), the Dixie National Rodeo at the Mississippi Coliseum is where the action is, catching all the roping and riding, the racing and bucking and all the entertainment in between.

The daily rodeo begins Thursday, February 6 and runs through Wednesday, February 12 (tickets available here or at the Coliseum box office). Weekday shows will begin at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, there are two shows – 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday’s Dixie National is an afternoon matinee at 3 p.m.

Each performance features a country music concert. Here’s who is in the daily lineup:

Thursday, Feb. 6 – Tracy Byrd
Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits including “No Ordinary Man” and “Love Lessons”.

Friday, Feb. 7 – Hardy
Philadelphia, MS native who has written songs for Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith and Morgan Wallen, and has released his own music through Big Loud Records.

Saturday, Feb. 8 – Confederate Railroad 
American country rockers with six studio albums. In addition, 18 of their singles have entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Sunday, Feb. 9 – Gene Watson
Known for 1975 hit, “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” his 1981 #1 hit “Fourteen Carat Mind,” and his signature 1979 song “Farewell Party.” Watson’s long career has notched five number ones, 23 top tens and over 76 charted singles.

Monday, Feb, 10 – Jordan Davis
Davis’s debut single, “Singles You Up”, released in mid-2017, a co-write with Steven Dale Jones and Justin Ebach, that hit number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in April 2018). 

Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Craig Morgan
Morgan’s 2003 I Love It, 2005’s My Kind of Livin’, and 2006’s Little Bit of Life produced several chart hits, including “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts while also holding the No. 1 position on that year’s Billboard Year-End chart for the country format.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Russell Dickerson
With the album “Yours through Triple Tigers,” Dickerson has charted three singles on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay: “Yours”, “Blue Tacoma”, and “Every Little Thing”.

Also, don’t miss the Saturday, Dixie National Rodeo Parade, Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. The route runs Mississippi Street at Jefferson to North President to High to West to Amite to the MS Fairgrounds.