Kentucky Music Issue – Issue 99, Winter 2017

I look forward to this publication every year ūüôā

The¬†Oxford American‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒjust to name a very few‚ÄĒand beloved writers like¬†Crystal Wilkinson, Ronni Lundy, Silas House, John Jeremiah Sullivan,¬†and our own poetry editor,¬†Rebecca Gayle Howell.¬†You‚Äôll see those names (and many, many others) in our Kentucky Music Issue‚ÄĒ‚Äúthe greatest mixtape accompanied by the best liner notes ever,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúHappy Birthday‚ÄĚ

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Three previously unpublished poems by Thomas Merton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


Richard Hell after Lexington 
by Amanda Petrusich

Southeastern Kentucky’s Phipps Family legacy 
by Silas House 

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

The Old Regular Baptists and the joyful sound 
by David Ramsey  

Searching for the old jawbone
by John Jeremiah Sullivan


Beer To Drink Music To ’17

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. for the second year is the Official Beer of Record Store Day.


Celebrating music Dogfish ¬†Head has crafted Beer To Drink Music To ’17, a tropical blonde ale brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers.

In addition ¬†to the Record Store Day event, Dogfish Head is helping to sponsor and promote¬†The Paste Sampler,¬†a clear vinyl LP included with Paste Quarterly Spring 2017 an innovative rebirth of Paste Magazine in a large 12″ magazine format.

I got my copy yesterday as a result of an IndieGoGo crowdfund pledge I made. It is a sweet magazine to savor and read. I plan to listen to the sampler this weekend, read my new magazine and have a Beer To Drink Music To ’17 as I sit out the winter storm headed our way.

Cheers to Dogfish Head Brewery for taking a leadership role in music empowerment!


Journal of Music and Audio – Copper Webzine

PS Audio in Boulder, Colorado has launched a fun and informative webzine called Copper. It is a free biweekly publication dedicated to high-end audio enthusiasts. Once upon a time I owned a high-end separates audio system. I wish I still had that setup with the surge in the vinyl media in my music collection.

Download an issue and see what I mean.

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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 ūüôā

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‚Äôs blues history;¬†Elijah Wald¬†on¬†Bob Dylan‚Äôs lost blues album;¬†Ann Powers¬†on ‚ÄúMiss You‚ÄĚ by¬†Alabama Shakes;¬†Amanda Petrusich¬†on the blues scene in Tokyo, Japan;¬†Daphne A. Brooks¬†on the power of blueswomen‚Äôs duets, from¬†Geeshie Wiley¬†and¬†Elvie Thomas¬†to¬†Lauryn Hill¬†and¬†Mary J. Blige;¬†Greil Marcus¬†on ‚ÄúJohn Henry‚ÄĚ by¬†John Lee Hooker;¬†Jewly Hight¬†on¬†Bonnie Raitt‚Äôs journey of artistic formation;¬†Crystal Wilkinson¬†on how¬†Prince¬†saved her life;¬†Rashod Ollison¬†on Malaco Records;¬†Jeffery Renard Allen‚Äôs short story about a fictional meeting between¬†Jimi Hendrix¬†and¬†Francis Bacon; a memoir by¬†Zandria F. Robinson;¬†and ‚ÄúThe Blues,‚ÄĚ a new poem by¬†Nikki Giovanni.
PLUS: Rhiannon Giddens, Gil 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”.



The Oxford American’s 18th Annual Southern Music Issue will feature stories, profiles, and essays about the South’s most storied and influential musical heritage: THE BLUES.

As always, the issue will come packaged with a CD of songs, with liner notes in the magazine.

The issue is out in early December 2016. Reserve your copy today.


(Pictured: Taj Mahal, 1974. Photo by Baron Wolman / Iconic Images)


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. ūüôā

The Doors, Classic Rock Magazine, December Issue

This Classic Rock issue is available via Apple iTunes and can also be found on newsstands such as Barnes & Noble. Since this publication comes from the UK it will carry an import duty when you purchase it at the store. The publisher will reward the in store purchaser with a CD rubber glued to the front cover. (See picture below)

That is how I used to buy Classic Rock Magazine at Barnes & Noble. Due to the fact the publication ships from the UK you may not see the hard copy magazine at Barnes & Noble until the 20th of the month or later. My preference is shifting to the digital edition via the Web or on my iPad.

Digital publishing and the nature of online subscription is an ever moving target. TeamRock (the UK parent publishing firm for multiple rock magazines) has come up with a new way to meet the demands of its international readership.

You can trial the Web HTML5 digital editions of Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog Rock for 30 days for free at TeamRock+. After 30 days it will cost you $3.99 British Pounds, $6.25 US a month for all three digital mags ($2.08 each digital publication a month is a good deal to stay up to speed on these rock genres.) They differ from the iPad edition in layout, appearance, etc.

This is quite the nod to Web browser readers by TeamRock. I trust it will be a successful business model for this UK specialty publisher.