Issue 21/22, Summer 1998

Issue 21/22, Summer 1998


Southern Music Issue Vol. II

“Your lyrics is what really makes your song, where I’m concerned. It’s not the music; it’s the lyrics.” — Rev. Willie Morganfield, this issue, p.68

Commentary on Captain Beefheart, Vic Chesnutt, Nanci Griffith, Lorette Velvette, Lee Dorsey, and many more. Features an interview with Reverend Willie Morganfield by Tom Piazza as well as a history of Tom Wiggins by John Ryan Seawright. Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Sven Birkerts, Steve Yarbrough, and more.

Also: R.E.M.–inspired art. Appreciations by Dave Marsh and Rosanne Cash.


FEATURES

The Hackberry Ramblers Are in the House!
by Michael Tisserand

Sacred and Profane in Clarksdale
by Tom Piazza

Slavery Onstage
by John Ryan Seawright

COLUMNS

Dealer’s Choice
by Hal Crowther

Waving Not Drowning
by Julia Reed

Gone Off Up North
by Roy Blount Jr.

SOUTHERN CHARITY

Payback Time
by Peter Cooper

ANALYSIS

The Something File
by Ron Carlson

ESSAYS

The Big Time
by Steve Yarbrough

Feet in Smoke
by John J. Sullivan

Walking After Midnight
by Sven Birkerts


PUNK ROCK

In Enemy Territory
by Mark Binelli

AVANT-GARDE

Look, No Hands!
by David Hajdu

ROAD DIARY

Notes from the Underground (Twang Tour)
by Marty Stuart

INFLUENCES

Come Back, Captain Beefheart
by Mark Richard

HISTORY

The Life & Times of Louis Jordan
by Don Bellini

HUMOR

The Southern Songnut
by Jeff Baker

APPRECIATION

Vic Chestnutt
by John J. Sullivan

Every Hillbilly Can Govern
by Dave Marsh

The Archangel
by Rosanne Cash

RHYTHM & BLUES

Lee Dorsey
by Geoffrey Himes

ALBUM ART

Who’s That Girl?
by Mark Lane

SOUTHERN CUISINE

Stand by Your Pan
by John T. Edge

ARGUMENT

The Gangsta Myth
by Anthony Walton

In Defense of Music Row
by Bruce Feiler

SOUTHERN LABELS

Raw Musics
by Bill Friskics-Warren

Daemon Records
by Russell Hall

BOOK REVIEW

The Forbidden Sacred Music
by R. Dante Sawyer

SOUTHERN GALLERY

Othar Turner
by Max Carl 

Pops Staples
by Geoffrey Himes

Stuart Duncan
by Gregory Spatz

Magnolia Sisters
by Ed McKeon

Dave Myers
by Robert Gordon

Nanci Griffith
by Rick Clark

Lorette Velvette
by JoBeth Briton

Ben Folds Five
by Paul Zollo

Olu Dara
by Daniel Cooper

The Mavericks
by Michael McCall

ALBUM REVIEWS

Crossing Country
by John Morthland 

Johnny Mercer
by Will Friedwald

Nothing Comes from Nothing
by Nicholas Dawidoff

RETROSPECTIVE

Rosemary Clooney
by Gary Giddins

COMICS

by P. Revess

SOUTHERN SCENES

by Alice Ochs