Jai Johanny Johanson (pronounced Jay Johnny) learned to play the drums while growing up in Ocean Springs. He remembers playing clubs in Gulfport while still in high school.
Through contacts made while playing around Jackson State, Jai Johanny landed a job as drummer for Otis Redding. He explains how that led to a spot in Percy Sledge’s band.
By 1969, Jai Johanny had a new stage name. That year, Jaimoe (Jay Moe) would help
form a new band with an unknown guitar player named Duane Allman.
After Hurricane Katrina, the decision was made not to re-open the Gulfport harbor to commercial fishermen. William Stewart discusses the impact this has had on the fishing industry.
Eugene Stork of Pecan, Mississippi, spent many years as a commercial fisherman. He recalls the pleasure of harvesting oysters, and how his wife would help him process his catch. He also describes the proper way to shuck an oyster.
Betty McGehee of Natchez recalls growing up on several plantations in Louisiana that were managed by her father.
Shedetails the difference between tenant farmers and day hands. McGehee also explains how the lack of transportation made tenant farmers dependent on the plantation store for supplies.