Issue 40, July / August 2001

Issue 40, July / August 2001


Southern Music Issue Vol. V

“[I]f a moment of time is the world we inhabit in that moment, it is the world that matters and not the clock that measures it.” — William Gay

Gregg Allman, Irma Thomas, Hank Williams Jr., Rosanne Cash, Harry Connick Jr., and others discuss their favorite Southern music. Essays by William Gay, Peter Guralnick, and Lee Durkee. Poetry by Anthony Walton. Comic by C. Ware.

Other contributors include Bill Friskics-Warren, Alan Light, Tom Piazza, Cyntha Shearer, David Eason, and more.


Features

TIME DONE BEEN WON’T BE NO MORE 
(BUT SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN)
by William Gay
Harry Smith’s folk music anthology inspired and revealed a hidden America.

MISSISSIPPI: THE STATE OF THE BLUES
by Matt Dellinger
Are the blues surviving the changing South?

JIM WHITE'S YELLOW MIND
by Lee Durkee
A Florida native has invented his own genre: hick-hop.

ROBERT JOHNSON AND THE TRANSFORMATIVE NATURE OF ART
by Peter Guralnick
Robert Johnson’s music is as powerful now as when he  recorded it. Was the Devil in the deal?

THAT SAME LONESOME BLOOD
by David Eason
Steve Young’s formidable style of country music helped make life more livable for one man.


Columns & Departments

ANCESTORS

MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL
by Heather Heilman
He remains the most influential hill country guitarists.

WHEN JESUS CALLS, HOW DO WE ANSWER HIM?
by Kevin Canty
There’s a thin line between the blues on Saturday night and gospel on Sunday.

BILL NETTLES
by Bill Friskics-Warren
What makes an artist obscure?

CANRAY FONTENOT
by Cynthia Shearer
The feed-store fiddler was an encyclopedia of Creole music.

CHARLEY PATTON
by Tom Piazza
The father of the blues had a voice like no other.

COLLABORATORS

BOB DYLAN AND RALPH STANLEY
by Alan Light
Two legends return to the Lonesome River.

DOC CHEATHAM AND NICHOLAS PAYTON
by Joseph Hooper
New Orleans jazz closes the generation gap.

DEPARTURES

SCOTT DIDLAKE
by Edward Cohen
The resurrection of the African precursor to American banjos.

ELVISANIA

WHAT’D YOU DO, SON?
by Calvert Morgan
Was there one song that told the King’s real life story?

POEMS FOR PRESLEY
by Philip Stephens

JAMES DICKERSON’S COLONEL TOM PARKER
by Ron Carlson

FORUM

Gregg AllmanIrma ThomasHank Williams Jr.Rosanne CashHarry Connick Jr., and others on their favorite Southern tunes, performers, and records.

ICON

EMMYLOU HARRIS
by Geoffrey Himes
Perhaps her greatest talent is finding it in others.

EARL SCRUGGS
by Marty Stuart
The revolutionary banjo picker is back.

INNOVATORS

JESSIE FRAZIER
by Phillip Ratliff
In some hands, found objects equal found music.

PIONEERS

GOLDEN GATE QUARTET
by Roy Kasten
The Virginia foursome sang gospel with soul.

THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS
by David Sanjek
The brank of “vocalese” took them all over the world and to the silver screen.

ROCKERS

THE GANTS
by James Hughes
Mississippi’s answer to the Fab Four.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD
by Diane Roberts
Our Love/hate relationship with “Sweet Home Alabama.”

SOUTHERN GALLERY

BILL CLINTON
by Jessi Renfroe and Marc Smirnoff

BILLY BOB THORNTON
by Rick Clark

TRICIA WALKER
by Mary Jane Lupenheimer

SOUTHERN SIRENS

ANN PEEBLES
by Andria Lisle
A stormy night in Memphis made her a star.

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH RAIN
by Ron Carlson
Different ways to look at weather.

LINDA LYNDELL
by Robert Bowman
The one-hit wonder who helped save Stax.

DEBORAH ALLEN
by David Cantwell
The amorphous career of a former beauty queen.

TROUBADOURS

KEVIN GORDON
by Grant Alden
Rock ‘n’ roll is a way of life, not a job.

THOSE ODD THINGS WITH MELODY
by Kevin Gordon
A musician explains his art.

VICTORIA WILLIAMS
by John Lewis
Her Louisiana upbringing and Christian faith contribute to her unique sound.

WANDERERS

TINY TIM
by Ned Oldham
The Laugh In mainstay’s  last visit to the South.

TOOTS HIBBERT
by Jim Dickinson
Recording a reggae star in Memphis.

Book Views
BATTLE OF THE BLUES
by Dave Marsh

Dealer’s Choice
THE O BROTHERHOOD
by Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
TENNIS-SHOE TONGUE IN HIS HEAD
by Roy Blount Jr.

Local Fare
LESTER MADDOX AND BOBBY LEE FEARS
by John T. Edge

MUSIC NOTES
R.E.M., The Morning 40 Federation, the Autumn Defense, Steve Forbert, and Lucinda Williams

OFF THE SHELF
New books on Levon Helm, Josh White, the Neville Brothers, and the founders of country rock. Plus a conversation with William F. Buckley Jr.

Poetry
HIGH LONESOME
by Anthony Walton

COMICS
by C. Ware

Southern Scene
HARRY SMITH IN ALLEN GINSBERG'S NEW YORK APARTMENT, 1987
photograph by Brian Graham


Cover: Photograph of Alisha Murray by Jim Herrington. Trombone courtesy of Tony Mario