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Buy This Magazine!

13 Dec


This issue just came out — I scored my copy at Barnes & Noble.

The annual CD release is as excellent & eccentric as always.

Don’t miss Ella Fitzgerald’s killer version of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” No kidding, folks — it is actually very good. The big band rocks and Ella gives the rock standard her own unique twist.

Neko Case’s “Hold On, Hold On” is 100% pure ear candy. This track alone is worth the cost of the 2 CDs and magazine that I am here to usher into your lonely little word. Neko’s voice is silky smooth & loaded with emotion.

Also noteworthy is Jerry Lee Lewis’ take on Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Comin’.” Lewis is backed by the Stax rhythm section of Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, etc. It’s a very unique interpretation I think you’ll dig.

I met Jerry Lee two or three years ago in Memphis. I told him that he still sounded great. He gave me a glassy-eyed stare, grinned and replied in his easy Louisiana drawl, “Why, Thank ya!” The Killer looks very frail these days, but he will no doubt go down rockin’ and rollin’.  Shake it, baby! 


Let the parties begin—The OA’s 10th Anniversary Music Issue is out! To celebrate this special birthday, we’ve packed TWO groovin’ CDs with firepower: enough fierce, funky, and fun music to keep your days and nights rockin’ into 2009 (and beyond). That’s right, kids, this issue is accompanied by FIFTY-FIVE party tunes (from Jack Tea to Jerry Lee, Little Walter to Lucinda, plus thrills and chills galore).

In addition to the music, the issue is chockful of exuberant and daring writing by some of the best writers in the country (and one or two from abroad). See below for FOUR FREE ARTICLES from the issue.

We’ll be updating the website every week in December with Online Exclusives: feature articles, multimedia extravaganzas, Editor Marc Smirnoff’s CD Liner Notes, interviews, holiday offers (check out our new line of stylish T-shirts), and other neat stuff.

Shangri-La in Memphis (a great record store and record label) has this to say about the issue: “Check out the bitchin’ cover pic of Jerry Lee Lewis in Mad Plaid! It’s fun time around the Shangri-La HQs when this issue comes out, and this year is no exception. Order it from the folks who keep Southern culture flowing.”


Great Music Writing Found Here

23 Oct

I recently received a copy of this book and ripped through it in just a couple of days. What an amazing, diverse collection of writers and subjects. If you love American music, you will find plenty to savor here. And even if you consider yourself a music scholar, you will surely be inspired to learn more about one of the artists or subjects featured in these pages. Marc Smirnoff, the editor of the wonderful Oxford American magazine, did a terrific job in assembling these articles — all of which have previously appeared in the pages of the OA.

Blind Tom Wiggins’ story is amazing

Most all of the stories are worthwhile with my favorites being the vignettes on the forgotten Blind Tom Wiggins, Minstral Show icon Emmett Miller, Chris Bell of Big Star, folk legend Fred Neil (composer of “Everybody’s Talkin”), Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” hanging out in the 70s with Jerry Lee Lewis, and Schoolhouse Rock composer and Arkansas native Bob Dorough.

Bob Dorough composed & performed the above kiddie classic

Buy this book now and then subscribe to the Oxford American — you’ll love it!

Here is the product description found on Amazon.com …

Not only have a breathtaking array of musical giants come from the South—think Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Rodgers, to name just obvious examples—but so have a breathtaking array of American music genres. From blues to rock & roll to jazz to country to bluegrass—and areas in between—it all started in the American South. Since its debut in 1996, The Oxford American’s more-or-less annual Southern Music Issue has become legendary for its passionate and wide-ranging approach to music and for working with some of America’s greatest writers. These writers—from Peter Guralnick to Nick Tosches to Susan Straight to William Gay—probe the lives and legacies of Southern musicians you may or may not yet be familiar with, but whom you’ll love being introduced, or reintroduced, to. In one creative, fresh way or another, these writers also uncover the essence of music—and why music has such power over us. To celebrate ten years of Southern music issues, most of which are sold-out or very hard to find, the fifty-five essays collected in this dynamic, wide-ranging, and vast anthology appeal to both music fans and fans of great writing.