Magazine


Issue 21/22, Summer 1998


Southern Music Issue Vol. II

“Your lyrics is what really makes your song, where I’m concerned. It’s not the music; it’s the lyrics.” — Rev. Willie Morganfield, this issue, p.68

Commentary on Captain Beefheart, Vic Chesnutt, Nanci Griffith, Lorette Velvette, Lee Dorsey, and many more. Features an interview with Reverend Willie Morganfield by Tom Piazza as well as a history of Tom Wiggins by John Ryan Seawright. Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Sven Birkerts, Steve Yarbrough, and more.

Also: R.E.M.–inspired art. Appreciations by Dave Marsh and Rosanne Cash.







FEATURES

THE HACKBERRY RAMBLERS ARE IN THE HOUSE!
by Michael Tisserand

SACRED AND PROFANE IN CLARKSDALE
by Tom Piazza

SLAVERY ONSTAGE
by John Ryan Seawright

COLUMNS

DEALER'S CHOICE
by Hal Crowther

WAVING NOT DROWNING 
by Julia Reed

GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.

SOUTHERN CHARITY

PAYBACK TIME
by Peter Cooper

ANALYSIS

THE SOMETHING FILE 
by Ron Carlson

ESSAYS

THE BIG TIME 
by Steve Yarbrough

FEET IN SMOKE 
by John J. Sullivan

WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT 
by Sven Birkerts


PUNK ROCK

IN ENEMY TERRITORY
by Mark Binelli

AVANT-GARDE

LOOK, NO HANDS! 
by David Hajdu

ROAD DIARY

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND (TWANG TOUR) 
by Marty Stuart

INFLUENCES

COME BACK, CAPTAIN BEEFHEART 
by Mark Richard

HISTORY

THE LIFE & TIMES OF LOUIS JORDAN 
by Don Bellini

HUMOR

THE SOUTHERN SONGNUT 
by Jeff Baker

APPRECIATION

VIC CHESTNUTT 
by John J. Sullivan

EVERY HILLBILLY CAN GOVERN 
by Dave Marsh

THE ARCHANGEL 
by Rosanne Cash

RHYTHM & BLUES

LEE DORSEY
by Geoffrey Himes

ALBUM ART

WHO'S THAT GIRL? 
by Mark Lane

SOUTHERN CUISINE

STAND BY YOUR PAN 
by John T. Edge

ARGUMENT

THE GANGSTA MYTH
by Anthony Walton

IN DEFENSE OF MUSIC ROW 
by Bruce Feiler

SOUTHERN LABELS

RAW MUSICS 
by Bill Friskics-Warren

DAEMON RECORDS 
by Russell Hall

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORBIDDEN SACRED MUSIC
by R. Dante Sawyer

SOUTHERN GALLERY

OTHAR TURNER 
by Max Carl 

POPS STAPLES 
by Geoffrey Himes

STUART DUNCAN 
by Gregory Spatz

MAGNOLIA SISTERS 
by Ed McKeon

DAVE MYERS 
by Robert Gordon

NANCI GRIFFITH 
by Rick Clark

LORETTE VELVETTE 
by JoBeth Briton

BEN FOLDS FIVE 
by Paul Zollo

OLU DARA
by Daniel Cooper

THE MAVERICKS
by Michael McCall

ALBUM REVIEWS

CROSSING COUNTRY 
by John Morthland 

JOHNNY MERCER 
by Will Friedwald

NOTHING COMES FROM NOTHING
by Nicholas Dawidoff

RETROSPECTIVE

ROSEMARY CLOONEY
by Gary Giddins

COMICS

by P. Revees

SOUTHERN SCENES

by Alice Ochs