Kentucky Music Issue – Issue 99, Winter 2017

I look forward to this publication every year 🙂

The Oxford American’s 19th annual music issue explores the Music of Kentucky. The magazines comes with a 27-song CD + free download with bonus tracks. The Commonwealth gave us musicians like Loretta Lynn and Nappy Roots, Richard Hell and Bill Monroe—just to name a very few—and beloved writers like Crystal Wilkinson, Ronni Lundy, Silas House, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and our own poetry editor, Rebecca Gayle Howell. You’ll see those names (and many, many others) in our Kentucky Music Issue—“the greatest mixtape accompanied by the best liner notes ever,” according to Beale Street Caravan. 

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The Music of Kentucky

Notes on the songs, including: 
Minda Honey on James Lindsey
Jay Ruttenberg on King Kong
Nathan Salsburg on the Booker Orchestra and two Kentucky octets
Elyssa East on Sarah Ogan Gunning
Joe Manning on Rachel Grimes


Points South

Marianne Worthington falls for Loretta Lynn’s TV-screen glow 

Eric Reece on when a Freakwater song walks into a bar

If God Had a Name, by Jason Howard

Michael L. Jones digs up the black roots of “Happy Birthday”

Leesa Cross-Smith shares her unlikely love of Sturgill Simpson

Living Too Close to the Ground, by Will Stephenson

Jewly Hight sees Brandon Godman’s bluegrass pride

Real People Radio Stories, by Jeffrey A. Keith

Rebecca Gayle Howell remembers Lexington’s Narcotic Farm

Three previously unpublished poems by Thomas Merton

J. D. Daniels has an ear for Jimmy Raney’s genius

John Thomason visits John Prine’s Paradise lost

Fire in My Bones, by Ashley Blooms

Harmony Holiday talks with Les McCann

How Dwight Yoakam dialed up Ronni Lundy

Cleo, Cleo Black as Coal, a story by Crystal Wilkinson


Features

BLANK PLACE
Richard Hell after Lexington 
by Amanda Petrusich

WATERSHED
Southeastern Kentucky’s Phipps Family legacy 
by Silas House 

BORDER WARS
When the South is everywhere and nowhere
by Zandria F. Robinson 

TUNED UP IN THE SPIRIT
The Old Regular Baptists and the joyful sound 
by David Ramsey  

DEATH RATTLE
Searching for the old jawbone
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Update: The Oxford American Southern Music #18 – Blues Issue

I just received notification that the Oxford American Southern Music Issue  due on news stands on December 12, 2016 has shipped. I can’t wait to absorb the superb music journalism and add it to my Oxford American Southern Music Issue collection 🙂

This year’s 160-page magazine and 23-song soundtrack is called Visions of the Blues. 
 
The issue features the greatest artists associated with the blues alongside contemporary musicians who are building on the genre’s legacy and reinterpreting the genre’s traditions. This is the first time that the Oxford American has devoted an entire music issue to a genre theme. To commemorate this occasion, we have created three different cover designs that celebrate three generations of musicians: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria.  Our music issues are prized by collectors and often sell out.
A few highlights from the issue: John Jeremiah Sullivan on his hometown’s blues history; Elijah Wald on Bob Dylan’s lost blues album; Ann Powers on “Miss You” by Alabama ShakesAmanda Petrusich on the blues scene in Tokyo, Japan; Daphne A. Brooks on the power of blueswomen’s duets, from Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. BligeGreil Marcus on “John Henry” by John Lee HookerJewly Hight on Bonnie Raitt’s journey of artistic formation; Crystal Wilkinson on how Prince saved her life; Rashod Ollison on Malaco Records; Jeffery Renard Allen’s short story about a fictional meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Francis Bacon; a memoir by Zandria F. Robinson; and “The Blues,” a new poem by Nikki Giovanni.
 
PLUS: Rhiannon GiddensGil Scott-Heron, Bassekou Kouyaté, Charley Patton, Regina Carter, Barbara Dane,Koko Taylor, Ida Cox, Otis Taylor, and much more.

Tom Petty sang it best, “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”.

  

Oxford American – The Georgia Music Issue

My appreciation for Southern music has been greatly enhanced by Oxford American. Their 17th Annual Southern Music issue is due to hit the newsstands on December 7th. It is dedicated to the musical heritage of the state of Georgia.

 

I recently participated in the Pledge Music, Georgia Music Issue campaign. My pledge provides me with exclusive availability of the 17th Annual Music issue. The magazine issue shipped yesterday ahead of the 12/7 publication date.

When I know more about the music articles I’ll update my readers accordingly. It has been  a fantastic music magazine series to read and collect for my music library. 🙂

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue will be available on newsstands December 2, 2013. This is the finest literary music magazine you will read and savor this year.

The 15th annual Oxford American Music issue is an appreciation of Tennessee! It comes with a double CD (50 tracks), and the magazine is filled with 176 pages of excellent writing + beautiful art.

I decided not to wait for Tennessee Music Issue 83 to appear on the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. I placed an advanced order today with The Oxford American and hopefully will have my copy on or before 12/2/13.

I was looking at the prior back issues of the annual music magazine. I discovered that many of the issues from 1-14 are sold out. I only own issues 13 and 14 right now. I am contemplating buying the cloth book, The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing. This book celebrates the first 10 years (Issues 1-10), which would mean I just have to acquire issues 11 and 12 at some point…

Second of Two, Santana/Allman Bros. Band Concerts Tonight!

We’re getting down to the sound of Santana and The Allman Bros. Band tonight at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Ct.

Can you say jazz/blues jam? We knew that they could ‘)

The Oxford American – Thirteenth Annual Music Issue

I made a great musical find last night browsing at my local Barnes & Noble book store. I saw out of the corner of my eye a copy of Oxford American magazine sitting by its lonesome. It was calling me to pick it up. I noticed that my favorite music journalist, Peter Guralnick had contributed an article, “Sam Phillips‘s Greatest Discovery” to the publication. It’s a story about Howlin Wolf and its reallllllly good!

I have developed a discerning taste for music journalism over the decades. The Oxford American, thirteenth annual Southern music issue surpasses my expectations with its content. It is a treasure chest of well articulated and researched music literature. The publication adds tremendous depth to the importance of our rich American heritage, the music of the South.

One of my major bucket list items is to take an extended vacation on the Southern blues trail(s). The Oxford American is the magazine I will be taking with us on that journey.

So forgive me as I rub my hands with glee here this morning. I have this great magazine to hunker down with and learn from this weekend.

Life is sweet 😉