Oxford American: Alabama Music Issue
This year’s annual music issue of the magazine is devoted to Alabama….A.J. Wright // ajwright@...
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NEW BONUS CONTENT AT OXFORDAMERICAN.ORG!
This December, cozy up to the warm glow of your computer screen with oxfordamerican.org. We've just published an extravaganza of new content, featuring loads of music and music writing not available in this year's 12TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE and CD (which just hit stores and newsstands). On our website, you'll find:
- The OA's "Alternate Universe" Music Mix—an online compilation of more great Alabama music than we could cram into the hard-copy CD included with the magazine. The mix showcases even more tracks from Alabama's groovy and rich musical heritage including proto-prog rockers Felt and hillbilly tunesmith Ernest Ashworth—and twenty others.
- Read about, and hear, Alabama's best current bands, who battle it out for the Number One spot on our list of "Alabama's Top 15 Contemporary Acts." Featuring streams, video, and trenchant criticism.
- An exclusive interview with disco & soul diva Candi Staton, accompanied by a never-before-released recording of her 2006 song "His Hands" (written for "The First Lady of Southern Soul" by none other than Bonnie "Prince" Billy).
- Our YouTube expert/spy, The Part-Time Voyeur, chooses his favorite Alabama musical performances of all time. No lip-syncing! All footage consists of original, rare performances by such Alabama superstars as Percy Sledge, Hank Williams, The Louvin Brothers, Dinah Washington, and others too cool to miss.
- Web-only features on even more Alabama musical powerhouses, such as jazz bass legend Cleveland Eaton, country heartbreaker Wanda Wayne, and cemetery balladeers The Pine Hill Haints.
- Our normally succinct book review dept. leads off with Editor Smirnoff's lengthy love/hate take on this year’s BEST MUSIC WRITING anthology (a review bound to displease some). Plus short but revealing entries on Alabama literary genius Albert Murray, post-punk songstress Kristin Hersh's memoir RAT GIRL, Jimi Hendrix, Sam Phillips, and others.
If you enjoy basking in the toasty glow of these absorbing online performances, please delve into our 12TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE, which features both dynamic music (in the form of the accompanying CD of Alabama All-Stars) and dynamic text from Greil Marcus (with a rare fiction, channeling the real-life blues legend Skip James), John Jeremiah Sullivan (who’s twice been collected in Da Capo’s BEST MUSIC WRITING anthology), Rachael Maddux (from the recently expired PASTE magazine), Dan Baum (ex-NEW YORKER staff writer), and Jamey Hatley (a young African-American writer who overcame her distaste for blues music).
You might even be so turned on by all this that you'll want to join us for our year-long "Abalabip!" concert series, which will feature the best of the old and new in Alabama music.
Our kickoff show takes place on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham will spotlight Ralph "Soul" Jackson, a newly reunited Sex Clark Five, soul sister Mary Gresham, avant-garde jazz saxist Arthur Doyle, and T-Bone Burnett's favorite new act, The Secret Sisters.
Tickets are a ridiculously low $20 each! Click here to order, or call 501-320-5730.
Presented by The Oxford American, Alabama Department of Tourism, Florence Lauderdale Tourism, Lucy Buffett's LuLu's at Homeport Marina, MINI, and Arkansas Delta Byways.
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