The state of Mississippi has made some significant contributions to our country, especially in music, so I’m sometime frustrated seeing some negative jokes or press on TV. Historically, I understand there are some good reasons for this.   Slavery, discriminatory voter practices in  the 60’s, and the state not repealing  its ban on interracial marriage until 1987 are some good examples.

What I hate about this is that it some times hides away the good things about Mississippi and how much progress has been made. You can make a good argument that Mississippi is the key historical state when it comes to rock and roll, blues, jazz, and country music. Who doesn’t know Elvis Presley or Jimmy Buffett? More blues singers have come from the state of Mississippi than all the other Southern states combined. (more…)


Back in the day, before my  trip to Vegas that introduced me to Britney Spears and the floods that decimated the Tunica Casino industry (ok, not really – they are all running now), I was working on a series of post on the new Gateway to the Blues.  (Go back and read part I now). (more…)

During my last trip to Tunica, I got the chance to swing by the Tunica Visitors Center to talk with Webster Franklin, President & CEO of the Tunica Convention & Visitors Bureau.  They have a great project going on around the Blues that is going to make visiting Tunica an even better experience. In fact, it’s interesting enough I thought I’d do a few posts on this. (more…)