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On May 20, our good friend Anna Kline in the Mississippi Film office sent out an email about her new song, “Flood Waters.” Anna writes the Grits & Soul blog and is the founder and lead singer of a band by the same name. She says the song’s lyrics came to her at work one day, so she immediately recorded a rough version of the song into her phone and brought it to band practice in her living room the next day. Her band recorded the song and within a matter of hours, it made its way to Jackson’s local news station. Less than a week later, “Flood Waters” was on the air. (Scroll down to listen.)

With a chorus that goes: “Ebb and flow, them flood waters creep up slow. The tide it turns, but this got nowhere to go,” it’s obvious Kline was inspired by the uncertainty of rising flood waters from the Mississippi River recently. Plenty of other Southerners shared her concern, and the song resonated. It’s since been played on the air in Memphis, Baton Rouge and caught the interest of CNN.

Kline describes the song as having a “bluesy twinge” and says the Grits & Soul band is roots-based, with touches of bluegrass, folk, soul and Celtic sounds. She’s not sure what the future holds for Grits & Soul, but the band is touring this summer and doesn’t plan to rest on “Flood Waters.”

“We’re going to keep writing, because we know we have a good thing,” she says. “If you want us to come to your town, let us know!”

Grits & Soul played Hal & Mal’s in Jackson last night and can be seen at High Street Farmer’s Market tomorrow, Mint Restaurant in Ridgeland June 20, Finian’s Irish Pub in Jackson June 29 and the Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights event in Jackson August 13. Find out more about the band on MySpace, Facebook and Reverb Nation.


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  • Carol / June 18, 2011

    LOVE IT! I love the blues. How can I get my hands on their music? Where do I buy?

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