The music scene lost a star this week, as Jean Cornett, co-founder of the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, beloved mother, promoter and caretaker to countless music fans has passed away. She fused her love of family and music into a variety of events, such as her hometown Festival of the Bluegrass and her crowning achievement, Suwannee. It can truly be said that Miss Jean, as she was known, WAS the spirit in the park’s name. From her earliest days, she saw how folks were treated at shows, and dreamt of making the experiences better for attendees. With an indomitable drive, an army of volunteers and well wishers formed around her, inspired by her dedication and selflessness and the trust of the hundreds of musical acts she worked with, Jean Cornett left a legacy on the music scene that will never fade, with generations brought up under her wing.
I had the opportunity to interview her and her husband about their history, their life together and the legacy they have founded. When a light fades, it’s our duty to shine brighter, and with Miss Jean’s passing we all have a duty to step up and keep her dreams alive.
Rest In Peace.