Saturday, February 02, 2008

the magnolia state, part 1 - or a highway cruise in the backways of the Big River

Usually, interstate drives through Mississippi are just a blur of pine trees broken only by the occasional yellow or blue franchise sign. The back highways from Raymond, MS to Hattiesburg are slower, so the blurs have a chance to take on some character.

After spending Chrismas day in Kacey's Aunt and Uncle's restored antebellum home in Raymond, Mississippi, we started toward Mobile for the second half of Christmas. Feeling our way to the highway using my semi-flawed, but never boring internal GPS, we came across a record shop, perched on the street like a Cracker Barrell in Times Square, chockablock with vintage vinyl and a variety of music paraphernalia.

The shop, run by an old Mississippi hippie and redolent with the Kinks and incense, has been keeping the farmers' sons and daughters stocked with vinyl for the better part of 20 years. We chatted with the owner for a while, found a handful of Stax 45's buried deep in the shelves (Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MGs, and some others) and continued on, following the Soldier's hand toward home.

The back of the Little Big Store, situated in the old train station.

A highway snack, fit for any Southern boy.

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