Issue 58, Fall 2007

Issue 58, Fall 2007

Southern Music Issue Vol. IX

“Monk’s royal-like aura made him an effective bandleader. Musicians weren’t sure how to act around him, so they followed him seemingly spellbound.” — Sam Stephenson in “ Thelonious Monk: Is this home?”

Featuring the music of Eldridge Homes, Karen Dalton, Betty Davis, Amy LaVere, Thelonious Monk, Dwight Yoakam, and many more.

Essays by Sam Stephenson, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Sven Birkerts, Amanda Petrusich, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Hal Crowther, Jeff Sharlet, and more. Fiction by John Rolfe Gardiner and Kevin Brown.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Publisher's Corner
by Ray Wittenberg

Gone Off Up North
AMERICAN YAWP
by Roy Blount, Jr.
Doddley dew dee dowm woddle-y dee d'doodle yo day eedel-y doo doo

Dealer’s Choice
THE RHUMBA MAN
by Hal Crowther

Arkansas History
THE PEOPLE'S SINGER
by Jeff Sharlet

Meditations
FAMILY SONG
by Philip Stephens

Writing on Writing
TEENAGE WASTELAND
by Mike Powell

After the Storm
DON'T LOOK BACK
by Alex Rawls

After the Storm
WHY SHE WON'T LEAVE
by Sheryl St. Germain

Photograph
by William Greiner


Fiction

VOICE OF THE VALLEY
a story by John Rolfe Gardiner

I DON’T THINK NANCI GRIFFITH IS A BITCH ANYMORE
a story by Kevin Brown


Features

Writers Who Rocked
THE RED CRAYOLA
by Fredrick Barthelme
All they wanted to play was the crack-ball stuff

Writers Who Rocked
ANNALS OF LEARNING: MY FIRST DEGREE
by Warren Zanes

Writers Who Rocked
FINDING THE LEVEL
by Sven Birkerts

Writers Who Rocked
CLASSICAL IS A PERIOD, NOT AN ADJECTIVE
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

Writers Who Rocked
MY TROUBADOUR CAREER
by James Whorton, Jr.

MYSTIC NIGHTS
The making of “Blonde on Blonde” in Nashville
by Sean Wilentz

HYPE MACHINE
A North Carolina band navigates the ephemeral blogosphere
by Bill Wasik


CD Liner Notes 

Eldridge Holmes
by Ben Greenman

Hackensaw Boys
by Geoffrey Himes

The Clovers
by Bill Friskics-Warren

Sandy Posey
by Steve Klinge

Reverend Charlie Jackson
by John Uhl

Van Dyke Parks
by Robert Lloyd

Zakary Thaks
by Anthony Mariani

Karen Dalton
by Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
by David Smay

Teddy Grace
by Derek Jenkins

Betty Davis
by Amanda Petrusich

Dwight Yoakam
by Holly Gleason

Amy LaVere
by Jim Ruland

Don Redman
by David French

Mayo Thompson
by William Bowers

The International Submarine Band
by Zeth Lundy

The Parchman Prison Band
by Scott Barretta

Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones
by Bruce Eder

Thelonious Monk
by Sam Stephenson

David Banner
by Nick Weidenfeld

Fred Neil
by Mike Powell

Betty Harris
by Devin McKinney

Percy Mayfield
by Aaron Cohen

Iris DeMent
by Kevin Brockmeier

Daniel Johnston
by Alex V. Cook

The Roches
by John Jeremiah Sullivan


Cover: Thelonious Monk, courtesy of Everett Collection