In celebration of their Goner debut CIty of Rotten Eyes, released today, we decided to put the Overnight Lows‘ love of “the 23rd most dangerous city in America” to the test. As you can see below, Jackson, MS residents Marsh and Daphne (guitar and bass, respectively – drummer Paul Artigues has the good sense to live in New Orleans) delivered.
THE OVERNIGHT LOWS’ GUIDE TO JACKSON, MS:
“One great thing about Jackson is that it’s right in between two awesome cities, Memphis and New Orleans, so we go to both a lot. We spend most of our time in Jackson, though. We’ve got lots of great friends here who are really fun to hang out with. Boredom is never an issue.” – Daphne Nabors
Bars: Depends on what’s happening. For bands, it’s usually Ole Tavern, Red Room, Martin’s, or Sam’s. If there’s not a band we want to see but we want to go to a bar and see people we’ll walk down to Fenian’s – it’s an Irish pub type place that never has a cover & is really close to our house. The best dive bar is Sam’s Lounge – it’s in a motel with “luv tubs!”
Best place to spend Sunday morning: Church, followed by a walk to La Cazuela for margaritas and “white bubblin’ cheese.”
Jook joints: Been hearing a lot about a new place on Farish Street called F. Jones Corner. I haven’t made it there yet, but by all accounts it’s a really fun place.
Local celebrities: In Fondren, this guy (Richard McKey, I think) has an art studio, and outside of it – facing the street – he has made a GIANT Obama head. It’s pretty sweet.
Record stores: The only surviving record store in Jackson proper is Be Bop. In Raymond MS, though, is this place called Little Big Store. It’s in an old train depot and it’s packed with all kindsa old records.
Restaurants: Spice Avenue (Indian), Saigon (Vietnamese), Thai House, Cherokee (bar food), Ms. D.’s (fried chicken), Peaches (soul food and the BEST pancakes and Bobby Rush on the jukebox), and we just discovered the best authentic Mexican place in town and my new favorite – La Morena.
Thrift stores: N.U.T.S. on Millsaps Ave., Orange Peel (actually consignment) and St. Luke’s Thrift Store in the Fondren area. St. Lukes is the place to go for serious deals – most everything is way less than a dollar – but their hours are tricky, open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, in the mornings only. My favorite find there was one of those playground rides like they used to have at McDonald’s that is some kind of awesome thing on top that you sit on and there’s a gigantic metal screw on the bottom that screws it into the ground. Anyway, this one is a motorcycle and I love it. It’s in our backyard now. And it only cost me one dollar, after I convinced the lady that I really did want it!