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…)