‘Jackson’ by Lucinda Williams

Jackson appears on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams. Car Wheels, released on June 30, 1998, by Mercury Records, won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and was Williams’ first album to go “gold” for sales of 500,000 units. Jackson, which tracks a road trip through Louisiana and Mississippi, is like a roll-call of Southern towns along the way, many of which are significant to Williams. She said in a 2016 interview that her sister was born in Jackson and her brother in Vicksburg, which is also mentioned in the song.

‘Cadillac on 22’s’ by David Banner

Cadillac on 22’s is a popular single that appeared on rapper and record producer David Banner’s second studio album,  Mississippi: The Album. Released on May 20, 2003, the album was his major-label debut on SRC Records and Universal Records. Born in Brookhaven, Banner later moved with his family to Jackson, where he grew up. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Banner started his music career as a member of the rap duo Crooked Lettaz, before going solo in 2000 with the release Them Firewater Boyz, Vol. 1.

‘Shake ‘Em on Down’ by Mississippi Fred McDowell

Early blues singer Bukka White recorded Shake ‘Em On Down in Chicago in 1937 just before his incarceration at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm in Mississippi. Many musicians have re-recorded the song, including Mississippi Fred McDowell, who offered several renditions, using both acoustic and electric slide guitars. Born in Rossville, Tenn., McDowell moved in 1928 to Mississippi to pick cotton and finally settled in Como. His playing and singing styles became internationally known through recordings Alan Lomax made of his music in 1959. His life and music have recently been documented in a film, Shake ‘Em on Down, by Joe York and Scott Barretta.

‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis

Great Balls of Fire was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis in 1957 on Sun Records in Memphis. Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer, the song also was featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree. Lewis’ signature tune, which epitomizes his incendiary style, was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone magazine and sold 1 million copies in its first 10 days of release in the United States and 5 million copies total. Not surprisingly, Great Balls of Fire is one of the world’s best-selling singles of all time. Lewis, born in Ferriday, La., near Natchez, now lives in Nesbit in North Mississippi.