The Oxford American's 2012 Southern Music Issue showcases the rich musical heritage of the state of Louisiana, where sounds emanating from the swamps of Acadiana, the cotton fields of North Louisiana, and the streets and barrelhouses of New Orleans percolated into America's national consciousness and left a profound mark on modern music.
As always, the issue includes a CD featuring an exciting mix of music and artists. Handpicked by the staff of The Oxford American and guest editor Alex Rawls, creator of Myspiltmilk.com and a longtime fixture of the Louisiana music scene, this year's 21-track compilation showcases the great variety of styles and genres that have emerged from the creole state—from Cajun to funk, country, jazz, New Orleans bounce, zydeco, r&b, gospel, blues, rock & roll, and everything in between.
In 152 pages of insightful writing and stunning artwork, The Oxford American delves deep into Louisiana's musical landscape—its past, present, and future.
Jason Berry, author of Up From the Cradle of Jazz, on the life and legacy of Professor Longhair, the “Bach of Rock”
Jazz critic Stanley Crouch with a definitive exposition on the jazz aesthetic and the fundamental innovations of New Orleans's greatest jazz artists
Amanda Petrusich on the emotional power of the singing and playing of Amédé Ardoin, the great Creole accordionist
PLUS: Interviews, profiles, remembrances, and special features devoted to an array of artists and institutions, including Johnny Adams, Rev. Utah Smith, Margaret Lewis, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, Robert Pete Williams, The Meters, Barbara Reid, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shreveport’s Louisiana Hayride, Terrance Simien, New Orleans brass bands, Bourbon Street, Tony Joe White, Zydeco hip-hop, and more.