Issue 54, Fall 2006

Issue 54, Fall 2006

Southern Music Issue Vol. VIII

“I don’t really know what to say about the NuGrape Twins. I think maybe what I love most about them and all the old gone singers like them is the cosmic degree to which they give not the faintest crap what I might have to say about them.” — John Jeremiah Sullivan

Liner notes by William Gay, Amanda Petrusich, Lindsey Millar, Paul Reyes, Ron Rash, Wells Tower, Peter Guralnick, and more.

Other contributors include Jeff Sharlett, Melissa King, William Caverlee, and more.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Gone Off Up North
WHAT ABOUT BOB?
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Rumors
A CONCISE HISTORY OF COUNTRY MUSIC
by William Caverlee

OA Comix
by Jeff Baker, Onsmith, Milano Chow, Patrick Dean, J.E. Pitts, Mimi Pond, Till D. Thomas, Martin Cendreda, Richard Cowdry

AN ODE TO COUNTRY MUSIC FROM A BLACK DIXIE CHICK
by Tyina L. Steptoe

Meditations
ROMANCING THE BLUES
by Melissa King

History
COUNTRY MUSIC IN BLACK AND WHITE
by Charles Wolfe

In Memoriam
CHARLES WOLFE (1943–2006)
by Beverly Keel

Essay
A TREATISE ON COVER SONGS
by Tom Bligh

Writing on Writing
REVENGE OF THE INTELLECT
by Bill Friskics Warren

Odes
BAD MOON RISING
by Jeff Sharlet

Odes
SOUTHERN HEAVY METAL
by Bret Anthony Johnston

After the Storm
HAVE SKETCHBOOK, WILL TRAVEL
by Lawrence Lanahan

Southern Scenes
Andy Griffith on a lonesome road, two miles west of Piggott, Arkansas (1956)


Features

6 POEMS ABOUT MUSIC
by Jeff Fallis

ABOUT A GIRL
by Wendy Brenner
My Sister's Love Affair with Country Music

THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
a story by Ron Rash
Sometimes you can find salvation in the late-night music of a roadhouse coverband.

A GLAMOROUS LIFE
by Trent MacNamara
The Hottest DJ in Brooklyn is a Mild-Mannered Whiteboy from Mississippi


CD Liner Notes

Joe Liggins
by Tom Piazza

Jeannie C. Riley
by Chet Flippo

Uncle Dave Macon
by William Gay

Big Star
by Mark Rozzo

Tex Williams
by Geoffrey Himes

Junior Kimbrough
by Alan Light

Junior’s Place
by Beth Ann Fennelly

The Armstrong Twins
by Amanda Petrusich

Sharon Jones
by Lindsey Millar

The Swan Silvertones
by Charles Yu

Bob Dorough
by Paul Reyes

Muhammad Ali & Andy Griffith
by Jack Pendarvis

Louis Moreau Gottschalk
by Carol Ann Fitzgerald

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
by Chris Bachelder

Gary Stewart
by Ron Rash

Katharine Whalen
by Wells Tower

The Nugrape Twins
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

We the People
by Jim Ruland

Eartha Kitt
by Floyd Skloot

Eartha Kitt
by Jack Hitt

Richard Hell
by Charlie Bertsch

To Hell With Love
by Cintra Wilson

Sam Cooke
by Peter Guralnick

Townes Van Zandt
by David Wojahn

Sun Ra
by Daniel Alarcón

Sun Ra
by Karen Bennett


 Cover photograph of Sam Cooke by  Jess Rand, courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives.com