Chuck Stewart’s photography provided by Fireball Entertainment Group, courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photographs of John Coltrane, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018 at 5:30 PM | RALEIGH
The Oxford American will host a reception with readings and music, to be followed by a full 90-minute concert at Fletcher Opera Theater. Entry is limited via Ticketmaster.com as part of a VIP admission to the Fletcher Opera Theater concert that evening.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM | ASHEVILLE
Presented in partnership with Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café, join us for stories from the issue featuring Nickole Brown, Wiley Cash, David Joy, Jon Kirby, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and C.L. White, and musical guest Tift Merritt.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM | CHARLOTTE
Presented in partnership with Free Range Brewing, join us for stories from the issue featuring Rebecca Bengal, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Lauren Du Graf, Jon Kirby, John Thomason, and Dave Tompkins, and musical guest Tift Merritt.
TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM | DURHAM
Presented in partnership with The Pinhook and Letters Bookshop, join us for stories from the issue featuring Dasan Ahanu, Sarah Bryan, Benjamin Hedin, Jill McCorkle, Mark Powell, and Tom Rankin, and musical guests Tift Merritt and Phil Cook.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018 at 8:30 PM | ASHEVILLE
Presented in partnership with Isis Music Hall, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, poet Nickole Brown, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Mike Guggino, Amanda Anne Platt, Woody Platt, Jimmy Landry, Michael Libramento, Tyler Ramsey, Graham Sharp, Sarah Siskind, Shannon Whitworth, and other surprise guests.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM | CHARLOTTE
Presented in partnership with Maxx Music, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, Chócala, Phil Cook, David Childers, writer Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Benji Hughes, Stephanie Morgan, Bill Noonan, Thomas Rhyant, and other surprise guests.
MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM | RALEIGH
Presented in partnership with Bob Nocek Presents, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, Shirlette Ammons, Stephen Anderson, Chatham County Line, Phil Cook, Alice Gerrard, Brian Horton, Big Ron Hunter, H.C. McEntire, ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man), Sister Lena Mae Perry of the Branchettes, Chris Stamey, Mary Dobbin Williams, and other surprise guests.
*Note that VIP tickets include entry to the pre-concert reception at the Governor’s Mansion*
The Oxford American magazine’s celebration of its twentieth annual Southern Music issue, this year featuring North Carolina, will be held Monday, November 26 – Saturday, December 1, 2018. This weeklong celebration, co-presented by Hillsborough, North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, and designed in partnership with North Carolina-native singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, will be comprised of music events featuring a Statewide Singing Circle and literary readings highlighting stories from the issue.
In 2017, we’re featuring the music of Kentucky, highlighting some of the Commonwealth’s most enduring legends and local favorites while celebrating overlooked and lesser known musicians. With contributions from Sturgill Simpson, James Lindsey, Bill Monroe, Julia Perry, King Kong, and Loretta Lynn, this 27-track compilation includes songs from 1927 to the present.