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 😉
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 début album.
The first album from Canadian rock group, Steppenwolf.
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.
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
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Three previously unpublished poems by Thomas Merton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
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
TUNED UP IN THE SPIRIT
The Old Regular Baptists and the joyful sound
by David Ramsey
Searching for the old jawbone
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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!
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.
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 🙂
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)