For no particular reason other than loving the song so much, here’s Ry Cooder and Terry Evans, performing “Down in Mississippi” in Santa Cruz in 1987.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.