Jackson, Mississippi’s Elegant Trainwreck Productions and Homework Town Records will release a vinyl compilation of songs from Mississippi artists entitled “Welcome to Mississippi, America” later this month.
The multi-genre compilation features songs from Argiflex, Clouds & Crayons, Alex Fraser, Dream Cult, SiKa, Silas, Passing Parade, And the Echo, Standard Issues, and Skipp Coon. Comedians Holly Perkins, Patrick Jerome and Nardo Blackmon also contributed pieces. To round off the full Mississippi aesthetic, Jackson based visual artist Ming Donkey designed all the artwork for the release.
The idea for the release arose from a discussion between Elegant Trainwreck’s Cody Cox and Homework Town’s Garrad Lee immediately following the 2016 presidential election.
“The night of the election, I tweeted something along the lines of, ‘Now America gets to be Mississippi for the next eight years,'” Lee said. “Cody and I talked the next day and the idea for our next release to riff off that concept was born.”
“For so long the state of Mississippi has been looked down upon as a backward place, a place not as progressive as the rest of the nation,” said Cody Cox, founder of Elegant Trainwreck Productions.
“While we have our sordid history and our problems, we are aware of them and they are part of an everyday struggle as much as the humidity is. With the recent election and the recent state of political affairs, we have seen what Mississippians already knew, that the country as a whole is complicit in this oppression. While most ignored it, we accepted it as life and continued to push back where we could.:
‘Welcome to Mississippi, America’ has, at its heart, a sense of protest but it also has a sense of home, Cox said.
“We want everyone to know that the struggle for equality is ongoing and we welcome anyone who wants to join the fight. The voices will be heard, both those currently shouting as well as those that have come before,” he adds.
All profits from the sale of the record will be donated to Planned Parenthood Southeast and Mississippi NAACP, two organizations that have been fighting and continue to fight for equality and justice in the state.
“This album features voices speaking on issues facing our state as well as the nation as a whole. Listen to the voices here and remember the voices before. We have come so far but as we know in Mississippi, we have so far to go,” said Cox.
The record is $25 and pre-orders are being taken at elegant-trainwreck.com. All pre-orders will ship by mid-February.
A release party will be held February 17 at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St. Jackson, MS).