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Three previously unpublished poems by Thomas Merton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

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