ississippi has a rich musical heritage, but for too many years an important part of that heritage has been overlooked: string band songs. Unfortunately much of this legacy has been lost to the passage of time, as few songs were written down and fewer still were recorded. That is why the books Mississippi Echoes and Mississippi Ethos were written – to preserve what string band songs remain before they vanish forever. These books contain a compilation of the tunes that have survived and which were recorded by artists from throughout the state of Mississippi in the 1920s and 1930s. They include the work of both professional artists who were commercially recorded, and everyday Mississippians who played for the sheer enjoyment of their family and friends. Tim Avalon spent years transcribing this music from old recordings, many of which were poor quality. In both Mississippi Echoes and Mississippi Ethos we have attempted to reproduce, as accurately as possible, the string band tunes as they were originally played. These songs serve as an historical record of a specific time and place in Mississippi’s history, and offer a wellspring of music well suited to anyone wishing to participate in the popular revival of string band music.