Msesippi (pronounced Mississippi) McQuown leads Tornado Bait, a "grunge grass" band with roots in Hampton Roads. The members of Tornado Bait can vary show to show, but some of the other members include Zack Hammered (mandolin), Jeff Liscombe (drums), Matt Thomas (melodica), Beth Swan (limber jack), Julie Wilson (washboard and seamstress), Unk Al (bass), and Billy England (bass). The group plays a mix of covers, but also has a wide collection of original music.
McQuown represented Tornado Bait solo during the WMBG Super Sound Showcase sponsored by Retro Daddio. She performed three songs, which had everyone behind the scenes moving and grooving.