Traveling 3,900 kilometers, from the frost of the Canadian border to the tropical heat of the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi forms the backbone of the United States. Spread over 31 states, its watershed covers the heart of deep America, from the Rockies in the west to the Appalachians in the east. But who remembers that he was French before becoming the gateway to the Wild West? River of slavery and racism, its muddy southern meanders have seen the most beautiful pages of African-American music written, but also the hardest ones, those of blues and jazz then rock ‘n’ roll, soul and even rap.

For further

– William Ferris, The voices of Mississippi, Papa Guede, 2013

– The Song of the Rivers – Mississippi, Crossed Chords, 2014

– Bernard Brigouleix and Michèle Gayral, Mississippi, America’s river novel, Editions du Rocher, 2012

– Saturday Night Fish Fry, Soul Jazz Records, 2001

– Stax Of Funk Vol. 1 et 2, BGP Records, 2000 et 2002

– Delta Swamp Rock Vol. 1, Soul Jazz Records, 2011

Playlist of songs heard

Title name

  • Barbara Fairchild : Mississippi
  • The Temptations : Ol’ Man River
  • Johnny Cash : Big River
  • Brother Ali : Uncle Sam Goddamn
  • Chuck Berry : You can’t catch me
  • Henry Townshend : Cairo blues
  • Elfie : Tom Sawyer (credits of the television series)
  • Rufus Thomas: Funky Mississippi
  • Little Sonny : Eli’s Pork Chop
  • Three-6 Mafia : Funky Town
  • Howlin’ Wolf : Evil (1969)
  • Bobbie Gentry : Mississippi Delta
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith : Little Liza Jane
  • Moses Robin: Dear beautiful eyes of Louisiana
  • Sugar Boy And His Cane Cutters : Jock-O-Mo