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This year we’ve compiled our “greatest hits,” including selections of the most beloved music writing from our archive—guest edited by Brittany Howard, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and frontwoman of the Alabama Shakes. This jam-packed issue also includes new essays on iconic Southern artists who have changed the trajectory of American music.

Rather than including a CD this year, we’ve asked guest contributors to curate a selection of playlists that limn the bounty of Southern music across genres. These are available to stream on Spotify

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Andria Lisle

Andria Lisle is a visual-art curator, author, journalist, and former music biz veteran who once worked for Ike Turner. She has toured with the Grifters, the Bo-Keys, and Otha Turner’s Rising Star Fife & Drum Band; driven Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks across the Mississippi Delta and taken Sonic Youth to Mississippi’s Graceland Too; sipped tea with Al Kapone; slung t-shirts for Tommy Wright III; and traded jokes with 8Ball & MJG. Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses, the Clean, John Wesley Harding, and the Cheater Slicks have slept on her floor. Read more about her adventures at andrialisle.com

November 10, 2020

Originally published in our 2001 Music Issue 

“One night we were at the house getting ready to go to a concert later that evening, and it was just pouring down with rain, and thunder was cracking,” Peebles told the Memphis Flyer in 1994. “All of a sudden I popped up and said, ‘Man, I can’t stand the rain.’ And Don looked at me and said, ‘Ooh, that’s a good song title!’”