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Mississippi Music, Literature & Culture (Our Gifts to The World)

Think about how bland life would be if it were not for the contributions that Mississippians have made.

Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll & all the variants that grew from them have their roots in the fertile soil of the Delta. Our writers have formed words that touch the minds of all peoples across the planet regardless of language. Our Artists paint & shape the materials of our land to display their love of it. The actors born here entertain billions with their craft on both the big & little screens. Our athletes are champions in all sports. Our military soldiers & leaders have been key to keeping our country free.

Our history, despite dark periods, is an example of how good can triumph over evil and the inherent goodness of people when united and the beauty & signifigance of their crafts.

Please feel free to talk/discuss your favorite song/music/singer/band/book/writer/movie/actor/food/historical site/school/scientist/artist/actor etc, etc that is a product of the Great State Of Missisippi.

And no, you don't have to be a native to contribute. That wouldn't be representative of the place that is known as the "Hospitality State".

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This is a great idea for a chapter thread, David.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think Mississippi music is all of those great bluesmen - Son House, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker among others - and what an influence they had on Rock and Roll.

Edit: I just realized i left out B.B. - but I had to stop somewhere...
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Yal would be supprised how many folks i run into that swear elvis is from memphis and they can't believe he was born in tupelo!!
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Thanks Steve B. When I thought about this thread, I started to make a list, but it would go on damn near forever. So I figured I'd let folks add their favs as we went. I knew of the Blues artists in the 60's, but it took the Stones, Led Zep, Aerosmith, Ten Years After & EC to make me reach back & learn more.

Big Steve one of these days I'm gonna visit that little house up there. The times I've been in Tupelo in the past I just didn't have the time to stop & see it. And speaking of Tupelo, somewhere in my music collection I've got a tune by Cab Calloway about Tupelo.

We just lost one of our greats recently & can you imagine a world without "That good time music with the Bo' Didley Beat"?
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I work for Amtrak and every 2nd or 3rd trip someone will be getting off the train at Greenwood to find Robert Johnson's gravesite. Trouble is, there's at least four of 'em.
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^^^ Ever checked out the Casey Jones wreck site? There's a lil' run down museum, but I've never gotten by when its open.


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Trouble is, there's at least four of 'em.
I've seen a program showing some of the locations. Though they'd figgured out the most likely site.
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Never been to the Casey Jones musuem. Lot of folklore associated with him as in many other historical figures, but he was known to be looking at the bottom of the bottle quite often, and by most accounts he was under the influence that fateful night. The "ripsaw" manuever that was supposed to take place is still something that occurs daily, even now. Especially now with the length that some of the freight trains are.
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The "ripsaw" manuever that was supposed to take place is still something that occurs daily, even now. Especially now with the length that some of the freight trains are.
I wanted to ask you about that, but got off on another tangent.

Started thinking about Jimmie Rodgers, "The Singing Brakeman" from Meridian. Considered "The Father" or one of, country music. One of the first to record country music.
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Tennessee Williams (I think) March 26, 1911 Columbus
Marty Stewart Sept 30th, 1958 Philadelphia

Turns out I'm just shy a week older than Marty.

Wish I had a fraction of his talent. (And his money)
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Her parents live 9-10 miles south of here on a nice little place she built. I've done service work there for them a few times. They're really nice people. Never met her though.
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How could one forget John Grisham from Southaven. He now lives in Charlottesville Virginia and our train literally is almost right in the backyard of his horse farm, just a few miles south of the station.
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Too late to edit, but does Brett Favre from Kiln count?
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