“[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)
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.
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.
by Bill Friskics-Warren
What makes an artist obscure?
by Cynthia Shearer
The feed-store fiddler was an encyclopedia of Creole music.
by Tom Piazza
The father of the blues had a voice like no other.
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.
by Edward Cohen
The resurrection of the African precursor to American banjos.
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
Gregg Allman, Irma Thomas, Hank Williams Jr., Rosanne Cash, Harry Connick Jr., and others on their favorite Southern tunes, performers, and records.
by Geoffrey Himes
Perhaps her greatest talent is finding it in others.
by Marty Stuart
The revolutionary banjo picker is back.
by Phillip Ratliff
In some hands, found objects equal found music.
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.
by James Hughes
Mississippi’s answer to the Fab Four.
by Diane Roberts
Our Love/hate relationship with “Sweet Home Alabama.”
by Jessi Renfroe and Marc Smirnoff
BILLY BOB THORNTON
by Rick Clark
by Mary Jane Lupenheimer
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.
by Robert Bowman
The one-hit wonder who helped save Stax.
by David Cantwell
The amorphous career of a former beauty queen.
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.
by John Lewis
Her Louisiana upbringing and Christian faith contribute to her unique sound.
by Ned Oldham
The Laugh In mainstay’s last visit to the South.
by Jim Dickinson
Recording a reggae star in Memphis.
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