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‘Twanging-Out’ with Young Valley

Jackson is already home to a vast stable of genre-defying original music, but in the last few months, Young Valley has emerged as the new band on the block.

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Facing ‘The Problem’ with 7evenThirty

Jackson native and Dallas, Texas, resident Marques "7evenThirty" Phillips' early musical influences helped shape the eccentric lyrical style of his rap.

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Jimbo’s Fire in the Belly

I've seen Bible-wagging Pentecostal Holiness preachers at revival time who couldn't match rock 'n' roller Jimbo Mathus for fire in the belly.

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Justin Patterson's Own Brand of Country

Brandon songwriter Justin Patterson is busy recording his new EP, "Mississippi Dirt," at Jackson's Blue Sky Studios with producer Casey Combest.

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Seeking the New Soul

Jackson singer and songwriter Tawanna Shaunte's varied sound is a direct result of her diverse background.

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Barnett's Greatest Hits

The music-promoting crew at Ardenland has delivered some tremendous musical talent to Mississippi in its three years of business.

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‘Now Entering Ardenland’

With the number of award-winning acts that Ardenland has funneled through the city, it's easy to forget that the company has only existed for about three years. But Arden Barnett's ...

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Artists to Watch

Hip-hop artist Tira Dixon of Pearl, Miss., delivers brutal, earnest lyrics that are sure 59 tackle themes such as family struggles and dissatisfaction with the American status quo.

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Give Your Life

"God doesn’t call those who are equipped. He equips those that He calls.” That’s the message that Jason Gibson says he and Destiny Project want to spread to their listeners.

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His Ongoing Love Affair

To say that I had a sour spot for musicians, singers, rappers and artists is really putting it mildly. I had no interest in being involved with another person who ...

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Listen to the Music and Watch Jackson Grow

As you will read throughout this issue, there's great music in the capital city area, and the scene seems to get better with each annual Jackson Free Press Music Issue.

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Soul in the Machine

Schooled on the west side of Chicago, DJ Rob "Scrap Dirty" Nichols was one of a few college-aged DJs who brought house music to Jackson in the early '90s.

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Nothing Ties Down 2Chainz

Georgia hip-hop artist Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps visits Jackson at the peak of his popularity.

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Andre Delano

Saxophonist, singer and songwriter Andre Delano may have grown up in East St. Louis, Mo., but he feels just as much a child of Jackson.

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Finding Answers in the Head and the Heart

Josiah Johnson, 30, who is originally from southern California, formed The Head and The Heart in Seattle in 2009.

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