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.
TIME DONE BEEN WON’T BE NO MORE
(BUT SEE THAT MY GRAVE IS KEPT CLEAN)
Harry Smith’s folk music anthology inspired and revealed a hidden America.
by William Gay
MISSISSIPPI: THE STATE OF THE BLUES
Are the blues surviving the changing South?
by Matt Dellinger
JIM WHITE'S YELLOW MIND
A Florida native has invented his own genre: hick-hop.
by Lee Durkee
ROBERT JOHNSON AND THE TRANSFORMATIVE NATURE OF ART
Robert Johnson’s music is as powerful now as when he recorded it. Was the Devil in the deal?
by Peter Guralnick
THAT SAME LONESOME BLOOD
Steve Young’s formidable style of country music helped make life more livable for one man.
by David Eason
Columns & Departments
MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL
He remains the most influential hill country guitarists.
by Heather Heilman
WHEN JESUS CALLS, HOW DO WE ANSWER HIM?
There’s a thin line between the blues on Saturday night and gospel on Sunday.
by Kevin Canty
What makes an artist obscure?
by Bill Friskics-Warren
The feed-store fiddler was an encyclopedia of Creole music.
by Cynthia Shearer
The father of the blues had a voice like no other.
by Tom Piazza
BOB DYLAN AND RALPH STANLEY
Two legends return to the Lonesome River.
by Alan Light
DOC CHEATHAM AND NICHOLAS PAYTON
New Orleans jazz closes the generation gap.
by Joseph Hooper
The resurrection of the African precursor to American banjos.
by Edward Cohen
WHAT’D YOU DO, SON?
Was there one song that told the King’s real life story?
by Calvert Morgan
POEMS FOR PRESLEY
by Philip Stephens
JAMES DICKERSON’S COLONEL TOM PARKER
by Ron Carlson
Gregg Allman, Irma Thomas, Hank Williams Jr., Rosanne Cash, Harry Connick Jr., and others on their favorite Southern tunes, performers, and records.
Perhaps her greatest talent is finding it in others.
by Geoffrey Himes
The revolutionary banjo picker is back.
by Marty Stuart
In some hands, found objects equal found music.
by Phillip Ratliff
GOLDEN GATE QUARTET
The Virginia foursome sang gospel with soul.
by Roy Kasten
THE DELTA RHYTHM BOYS
The brank of “vocalese” took them all over the world and to the silver screen.
by David Sanjek
Mississippi’s answer to the Fab Four.
by James Hughes
Our Love/hate relationship with “Sweet Home Alabama.”
by Diane Roberts
by Jessi Renfroe and Marc Smirnoff
BILLY BOB THORNTON
by Rick Clark
by Mary Jane Lupenheimer
A stormy night in Memphis made her a star.
by Andria Lisle
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH RAIN
Different ways to look at weather.
by Ron Carlson
The one-hit wonder who helped save Stax.
by Robert Bowman
The amorphous career of a former beauty queen.
by David Cantwell
Rock ‘n’ roll is a way of life, not a job.
by Grant Alden
THOSE ODD THINGS WITH MELODY
A musician explains his art.
by Kevin Gordon
Her Louisiana upbringing and Christian faith contribute to her unique sound.
by John Lewis
The Laugh In mainstay’s last visit to the South.
by Ned Oldham
Recording a reggae star in Memphis.
by Jim Dickinson
BATTLE OF THE BLUES
by Dave Marsh
THE O BROTHERHOOD
by Hal Crowther
Gone Off Up North
TENNIS-SHOE TONGUE IN HIS HEAD
by Roy Blount Jr.
LESTER MADDOX AND BOBBY LEE FEARS
by John T. Edge
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.
by Anthony Walton
by C. Ware
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