Magazine


Issue 16, Spring 1997

Southern Music Issue Vol. I

“It would be impossible to put out a comprehensive issue on Southern music, so that is not what we have tried to do here… The hope is that we have succeeded in reminding you that there is much to the subject; much to consider; much to return to; much to learn.” — Editor’s Box

Feature on the King of Bluegrass by Tom Piazza. Essays by Rosanne Cash, Steve Yarbrough, Robert Palmer, Corey Harris, and Steve Harvey.

Soundbites by Rick Clark, Jimbo Mathus, Robert Gordon, and others. Also includes work by Nick Tosches, Robert Gordon, Frye Gaillard, JoBeth Britton, Peter Guralnick, John Morthland, Cynthia Shearer, and more.







FEATURE

TRUE ADVENTURES WITH THE KING OF BLUEGRASS
Would having Jimmy Martin on the Grand Ole Opry be like uncorking corn liquor at a polite wine tasting? 
by Tom Piazza


ESSAYS

GUITAR LESSONS 
Learning more than music in the Delta
by Steve Yarbrough

WHY I WEAR MY MOJO HAND 
How to counter the chaos of the blues?
by Robert Palmer

THE MOST HUMAN SOUND
A winter memory echoes forever
by Rosanne Cash

WHY I SING THE BLUES 
A young bluesman remembers his roots
by Corey Harris

MOUNTAIN MINOR
The travails of making your own banjo
by Steve Harvey


VOICES

CASSANDRA WILSON 
The youngest jazz diva
by Marc Woodworth

DIONNE FARRIS
Life after Arrested Development
by Marc Woodworth

Lucinda Williams
The White House poet's daughter
by Marc Woodworth

KATE CAMPBELL 
Mississippi on her mind
by Marc Woodworth


FEATURES

AL GREEN'S CALLING
Finding solace in the master's soul
by Sid Evans

LATE NIGHT WITH SAM & DAVE 
The legendary producer steals the show
by Robert Gordon

OLD-FASHIONED NOTIONS OF LOVE AND MUSIC 
Are the Squirrel Nut Zippers the South's hottest band? 
by Frye Gaillard

MAN LOST, SONGS FOUND 
The Troubled life and lasting music of Ted Hawkins
by Francis Davis

WOMAN WITH AN AXE
Was Sister Rosetta Tharpe the mother of rock guitar? 
by JoBeth Briton

LOUIS PRIMA
New Orleans' other trumpet-playing Louis sang of food and females
by Will Friedwald

NATURAL BORN ELVIS
To his thousaNds of fans, Bill Haney was Elvis
by Tom Graves

WHOSE SKIP JAMES IS THIS?
Trying to give the great Delta bluesman his due
by Peter Guralnick

A CONVERSATION WITH CARL PERKINS A conversation with Carl Perkins
The rockabilly legend on bad breaks, big hits, and lifelong friends
by Jospeh Tidwell

JIM DICKINSON
This producer pushes clients off cliffs

by John Lewis

DANCIN' WITH DADDY G!
The holy jazz of a controversial church
by John Morthland

THE FIRST FAMILY OF ZYDECO
A short history of a unique Louisiana sound
by Michale Tisserland

WILLIE MITCHELL
The mastermind of Memphis r&b
by John Lewis

GET DOWN, MOSES
The many masks of minstrelsy
by Nick Tosches

BARBERSHOP DUET
Searching for Janis Joplin in Port Arthur, TX
by Cynthia Shearer


SOUNDBITES

THE METERS 
The great New Orleans funksters
by Rick Clark

ROSETTA AND ME
Growing up with Charley Patton's daughter
by Jimbo Mathus

PHINEAS NEWBORN JR. 
Memphis's unforgotten jazz genius
by Robert Gordon

BLUE MOUNTAIN 
Mississippi's newest sensStion
by Jimmy Pitts

STEVE FORBERT 
Light in the shadow of Jimmie Rodgers
by Bill Friskics-Warren

CAJUN HOEDOWN 
Dancing Louisiana-style 
by Bern Keating