Issue 16, Spring 1997

Issue 16, Spring 1997

Southern Music Issue Vol. I

“It would be impossible to put out a comprehensive issue on Southern music, so that is not what we have tried to do here… The hope is that we have succeeded in reminding you that there is much to the subject; much to consider; much to return to; much to learn.” — Editor’s Box

Feature on the King of Bluegrass by Tom Piazza. Essays by Rosanne Cash, Steve Yarbrough, Robert Palmer, Corey Harris, and Steve Harvey.

Soundbites by Rick Clark, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Gordon, and others. Also includes work by Nick Tosches, Robert Gordon, Frye Gaillard, JoBeth Britton, Peter Guralnick, John Morthland, Cynthia Shearer, and more.


FEATURE

True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass
by Tom Piazza
Would having Jimmy Martin on the Grand Ole Opry be like uncorking corn liquor at a polite wine tasting? 


ESSAYS

Guitar Lessons
by Steve Yarbrough
Learning more than music in the Delta

Why I Wear My Mojo Hand
by Robert Palmer
How to counter the chaos of the blues?

The Most Human Sound
by Rosanne Cash
A winter memory echoes forever

Why I Sing the Blues
by Corey Harris
A young bluesman remembers his roots

Mountain Minor
by Steve Harvey
The travails of making your own banjo


VOICES

Cassandra Wilson
by Marc Woodworth
The youngest jazz diva

Dionne Farris
by Marc Woodworth
Life after Arrested Development

Lucinda Williams
by Marc Woodworth
The White House poet's daughter

Kate Campbell
by Marc Woodworth
Mississippi on her mind


FEATURES

Al Green's Calling
by Sid Evans
Finding solace in the master's soul

Late Night with Sam & Dave
by Robert Gordon
The legendary producer steals the show

Old-Fashioned Notions of Love and Music
by Frye Gaillard
Are the Squirrel Nut Zippers the South's hottest band? 

Man Lost, Songs Found
by Francis Davis
The Troubled life and lasting music of Ted Hawkins

Woman With an Axe
by JoBeth Briton
Was Sister Rosetta Tharpe the mother of rock guitar? 

Louis Prima
by Will Friedwald
New Orleans' other trumpet-playing Louis sang of food and females

Natural Born Elvis
by Tom Graves
To his thousads of fans, Bill Haney was Elvis

Whose Skip James Is This?
by Peter Guralnick
Trying to give the great Delta bluesman his due

A conversation with Carl Perkins
by Jospeh Tidwell
The rockabilly legend on bad breaks, big hits, and lifelong friends

Jim Dickinson
by John Lewis
This producer pushes clients off cliffs

Dancin' With Daddy G!
by John Morthland
The holy jazz of a controversial church

The First Family of Zydeco
by Michale Tisserland
A short history of a unique Louisiana sound

Willie Mitchell
by John Lewis
The mastermind of Memphis r&b

Get Down, Moses
by Nick Tosches
The many masks of minstrelsy

Barbershop Duet
by Cynthia Shearer
Searching for Janis Joplin in Port Arthur, TX


SOUNDBITES

The Meters
by Rick Clark
The great New Orleans funksters

Rosetta and Me
by Jimbo Mathus
Growing up with Charley Patton's daughter

Phineas Newborn Jr.
by Robert Gordon
Memphis's unforgotten jazz genius

Blue Mountain
by Jimmy Pitts
Mississippi's newest senstion

Steve Forbert
by Bill Friskics-Warren
Light in the shadow of Jimmie Rodgers

Cajun Hoedown
by Bern Keating
Dancing Louisiana-style