The Oxford American’s 20th Annual Southern Music Issue

It’s almost here. The 20th Annual Southern Music Issue from Oxford American Magazine. I can’t wait to add the North Carolina edition to my collection.

I’d love to rent a custom RV and travel to the Southern states. The additional benefit of this publication are all the great tourist attractions featured inside. I have quite the itinerary planned ūüėČ

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The Oxford American presents its 20th annual Southern Music Issue, featuring more than 25 stories exploring the history and legacy of North Carolina music. Among the many notable contributors to this year’s Southern Music Issue are novelists Jonathan Lethem, Jill McCorkle, and Wiley Cash, and the beloved North Carolina musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Tift Merritt.

Tryon-native Nina Simone, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, graces the cover in a portrait by Jim Blanchard; Simone is the subject of a feature essay about artistic influence and identity, written by poet Tiana Clark.

The issue comes with a 28-song sampler of recordings by North Carolinians sourced across nearly a century. The compilation highlights music from NC legends like Simone, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, James Taylor, and Elizabeth Cotten, plus a wide-ranging host of others. Accompanying the sampler are detailed liner notes and essays on the songs by Ron Rash, Laura Ballance, Randall Kenan, and others.

The issue, available for pre-order in their online store (link above), will mail to subscribers on November 6, and will be available on newsstands nationwide on November 20.

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Rock Cellar Magazine

Rock Cellar Magazine is a free music, news, journalism, and cultural entertainment website. Their focus is on artists and bands from the 1960s through the present. Of particular interest are the seasoned, established artists who continue to crank their music out amid the chaos of a redefined music industry.

Give it a read.

Music of 1968, Rock and Roll’s Greatest Year from Time Life

It’s a hefty claim that the music of 1968 was rock and roll’s greatest year. Time Life’s editors conducted an admirable job substantiating that belief.

The magazine has compelling photographs from premier rock photographers Jim Marshall, Barry Feinstein, Michael Ochs, Elliot Landy, Herb Greene, and Baron Wolman.

The 10 albums that defined that year are all a part of my vinyl collection and receive regular listening.

  1. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Odessey and Oracle – The Zombies
  3. Music From Big Pink – The Band
  4. Waiting For The Sun – The Doors
  5. Truth – Jeff Beck
  6. Wheels Of Fire – Cream
  7. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  8. Astral Weeks-Van Morrison
  9. The Beatles – The Beatles
  10. Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones

The Ultimate Music Guide – Yes

Yes¬†is a progressive rock band that I return to often as their music echoes as poetry in the Music Of Our Heart. I obtained this¬†issue of The Ultimate Music Guide Yes via the Uncut North America Digital Magazine Music Store. I couldn’t find it in my local magazine rack at Barnes & Noble.¬† Isn’t that what my iPad Pro and the Web is designed to accomplish ūüėČ

1968 * 50 Years On – Shindig! No. 75

Moving into 2018, I reflect upon the music released 50 years ago in 1968. This was the year I started collecting records and reading Rolling Stone in earnest. The cover story of Shindig! Magazine, Issue 75, January 2018 features a smartly designed psychedelic cover to commiserate the era.

Some of the more interesting albums released in January 1968 according to Wikipedia were, Vincebus Eruptum by Blue Cheer which gave us heavy metal.

Spirit’s d√©but album.

The first album from Canadian rock group, Steppenwolf.

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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


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

Beer To Drink Music To ’17

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

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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!

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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs legacy and reinterpreting the genre‚Äôs 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 ShakesAmanda 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. BligeGreil Marcus on ‚ÄúJohn Henry‚ÄĚ by John Lee HookerJewly 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 GiddensGil Scott-Heron, Bassekou Kouyat√©, 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”.

  

PREORDER THE BIGGEST MUSIC ISSUE OF THE YEAR!

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.

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

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