Issue 50, Summer 2005

Issue 50, Summer 2005

Southern Music Issue Vol. VII

“Does music wield special powers? Reading the pieces in this issue and listening to the songs on the OA CD make me think so.” — Marc Smirnoff, “Pieces of Our Heart”

Features by J.T. LeRoy and Justin Heckert. Roy Blount Jr. remembers Ray Charles. Showcasing the work of Erykah Badu, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Blind Willie McTell, Al Green, and many, many more.

Poetry by James Harmes, Jeff Fallis, and Billy Collins. Photography of Zora Neale Hurston with children.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Gone Off Up North
RAY CHARLES (1930–2004)
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Sidebar
A WARNING TO PARENTS
by Jeff Baker

Sidebar
JIMMY MARTIN (1927–2005)
by Tom Piazza

Southern Scenes
EATONVILLE, FLORIDA, JUNE 1935
Children with Zora Neale Hurston


Features

COAL MINER MOTHER
by J.T. LeRoy
More than a movie.

GRAND AMBITION
by Justin Heckert
For some prodigies, all roads lead to a man in Athens.


Poetry

MURMUR R.E.M. 
by James Harms

ELVIS SINGS “UNCHAINED MELODY,” JUNE 1977
by Jeff Fallis

1967
by Billy Collins


 

CD Liner Notes

DALE HAWKINS
by Lauren Wilcox

HOWARD TATE
by Anthony Doerr

RICKY SKAGGS
by John McManus

JOHNNIE LEE WILLS
by David Stricklin

ZORA NEALE HURSTON
by Paul Reyes

LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS
by Sven Birkerts
by Joe Sacco
by Michael Perry

JIM FORD
by Barney Hoskyns

RED ALLEN
by David Gates

BUBBLE PUPPY
by Brett Milano

JOHNNY WINTER
by Andrew Hudgins
by Michael Parker

COWBOY JACK CLEMENT
by Matt Dellinger

THE DEZURIK [DeZurik] SISTERS
by John Biguenet

MOONDOG
by Daniel Alarcón

BESSIE SMITH
by Carol Ann Fitzgerald

HELEN HUMES
by Lisa Tucker

NAT KING COLE
by Kevin Canty

ERYKAH BADU
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

ERMA FRANKLIN
by Arthur Kempton

THE WILBURN BROTHERS
by Warren Zanes

SAMMI SMITH
by David Cantwell

BLIND WILLIE McTELL
by William Gay

JOE TEX
by Charles D’Ambrosio

AL GREEN
by Susan Straight
by Jeff Sharlet

THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS
by Robert Darden

ATOMIC BOOGIE
by Lindsey Millar

ELVIS PRESLEY
by Alan Light

BUDDY HOLLY
by Don McLeese


Photograph of Elvis by Virgil Apger