Issue 111, Winter 2020
This year we’re compiling 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.
The issue also contains playlists presented by guest contributors that limn the bounty of Southern music across genres. These playlists will be accessible on Spotify.
Curated playlists with introductions by Brittany Howard, Kiese Laymon, Taylor Crumpton, Kelsey Waldon, Silas House & Jason Kyle Howard, Rosanne Cash, Cynthia Shearer, Clarissa Brooks, Smithsonian Folkways, and Adia Victoria
Art by Derek Fordjour, Anthony Harrison, Brian Smith, Mike Reddy, Edward Colver, Diana Ejaita, David Scruggs, Janette Beckman, Andres Chaparro, Lawrence N. Shustak, Bernard Gotfryd, Richard A. Chance, Isip Xin, Charles White, Tony Abeyta, Mike Rowe, Travis Boyer, Danny Romeril, Lacy Van Court, Michelle Marchesseault, Aaron Turner, Jason Jägel, Patterson Hood, Mark Cáceres, Garrett Bradley, Kevin Beasley, Martina Attille, Milton Carter, Three Ring Studio
Cover: Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1957. Photo courtesy Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo