Mississippi is the birthplace of America's music. Don't believe me? Just look at that road sign. Whether you believe that or not (if you don't, you're wrong), we're still the home of a surprisingly lively and vital music scene despite our meager resources and relatively small population. Here's a playlist of current artists born in Mississippi. There are big time artists (Randy Houser, Rae Sremmurd, Jimmy Buffett), up-and-comers (William Michael Morgan, Dream Cult) and several from the roots realm who we cover fairly regularly (Water Liars, Jason Eady, Cory Brannan, Jimbo Mathus). Hip-hop, Americana, blues, country, indie rock... a little bit of everything. I didn't include Charley Pride or Faith Hill because I'm just not sure their status in regards to putting out new music. Anyway, enjoy! The Spotify playlist appears below the screen captures of the playlist.
There's been a lot of talk in the news recently about getting rid of all forms and fashions of the Confederate flag on the government property and regalia of several southern states. In fact, FTM's home state of Mississippi still has that flag as a portion of its very state flag. On Twitter, many have been presenting serious and humorous options for changing MS's flag. Here are a few (non-serious) alternative designs for Mississippi's state flag, based on the country music stars from the state. Randy Houser doesn't get one.
Nashville Gab recently wrote a piece that very fairly discussed the unequal public treatment of LeAnn Rimes and Jason Aldean regarding their marital infidelity. This brought out the Aldean Army to protest the treatment of their hero. Their comments were generally ugly, profane, dumb and/or misspelled. Here's an example.
Gab ended up taking down the piece due to the venomous reactions. Well, FTM happened upon this interesting chart showing the requirements for joining different branches of the "military." Enjoy.