Mississippi Magic - Eric Brace, Thomas Cooper, & Thomm Jutz

from the album Riverland (2019)

Storytelling is perhaps the most natural form of human communications.  It's power lies in it's memorability, reliability, and it's ability to build trust between the storyteller and their audience.

In the American South, storytelling is uniquely and forever woven into the culture.  It binds those who consider themselves "southerners," and is celebrated in the works of William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Harper Lee, and Zora Neale Hurston.

On their incredible new folk album - Riverland - Eric Brace, Thomas Cooper, and Thomm Jutz tell stories of Mississippi and the Delta.  The record is steep in southern culture and tradition.  My favorite song on the album is Mississippi Magic, a reflection on the social tension encountered by Mississippians during the efforts to integrate the state's education system at the height of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The song based on the writings and reflections of Will D. Campbell, a white Baptist minister and civil rights activist. He was also a notable author and lecturer of the era.

It is powerful to hear an eyewitness account of these times.  I dig Reverend Campbell's perspective, condemning the "burning and looting" and on how his friends included "the black folks and the kluxers."  I am also moved by the closing lyric:

When we were born we were all kin
And when we're dead we will be kin folks again

This song reminds us of the power of story and song.

Click Here to listen to Mississippi Magic by Eric Brace, Thomas Cooper, & Thomm Jutz.


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