Magazine


Issue 27/28, Summer 1999


Southern Music Issue Vol. III

“The South seems always ready to rise again, bringing with it the best of the fused forces that made it the first place where jazz came into being.” — Stanley Crouch in “Crescent City”

Steve Martin praises the banjo. Greil Marcus asks “Who was Geechie Wiley?” and Tom Freeland wonders “Where the Blues Was Born.”

Featuring John Jeremiah Sullivan, William Gay, Larry Brown, Willie Morris, and Karen A. Mann. Fiction by Madison Smartt Bell. Poetry by Michael Chitwood and Anthony Martin.







FEATURES

THE BACK DOOR FRONTMAN
Here is D. L. Menard, the musician who wrote the Cajun National Anthem.
by Tom Graves

BANJO
I wanted everyone in listening distance to understand that this was something very special, indeed.
by Steve Martin

STILL SMOKING
One of rock & roll's founding fathers, Ike Turner, declines a quiet exit.
by John Lewis

GONE TO JAZZ FEST
New Orleans is filled with people who came for jazz fest and never left. 
by Tom Piazza

NO HIDING PLACE
Dorothy Love Coates is the greatest singer you've never heard.
by Dave Marsh and Daniel Wolff

SWEET SONGS NEVER LAST TOO LONG
Navigating the darker currents in the music of John Prine.
by William Gay


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS 

PERSPECTIVE

TRANSCENDING SIGHT 
by Randall Curb

FAMILY LIFE

A LONG GONE DADDY
by Connie May Fowler

MARRIED TO THE KING 
by Carol Henderson

ARGUMENT

CRESCENT CITY RISING
by Stanley Crouch

MOZARTS OF THE SAHARA 
by Phillip Ratliff

SCRAPBOOK

THE GREATEST GARAGE BAND EVER 
by Diane Roberts

AEROSMITH IN MY GARAGE 
by Wendy Brenner

THEY WERE OUR HEROES 
by Willie Morris 

DEPARTURES

THE QUEEN OF BLOND SOUL
by Jerry Wexler

FISHING WITH CHARLIE 
by Larry Brown

OUR POET OF LOSS 
by Douglas Brinkley

SOUTHERN GALLERY

JUNE CARTER CASH 
by Holly George-Warren

BOBBY BLAND'S INFLUENTIAL VOICE 
by Les Black

NINA SIMONE
by Kristine McKenna

BILL WYMAN 
The OA Interview

SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK & ROLL STAR? 
Interview with Jason Morphew

SPOTLIGHT

HOLD ON! HE'S COMIN'! 
by Ron Carlson

HOT ON THE HEELS OF HIS OWN GENIUS 
by Alan Jacobs

TELL YOUR MAMA, TELL YOUR PAPA 
by Scott Billington

ROUGH-CUT DIAMOND 
by Jay Orr

WEST COAST FIDDLER 
by Grant Alden

BOB DYLAN'S MISSISSIPPI 
by Andria Lisle

THE CONTRARIAN
by Bill Friskics-Warren

FROM DISNEY TO DAEMON 
by Karen A. Mann

DOING IT RIGHT
by John Leventhal

IT AIN'T OVER TILL THE FAT ONE SINGS 
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

SHORT STORY

LEADBELLY IN PARIS 
by Madison Smartt Bell

MYSTERY

WHO WAS GEECHIE WILEY 
by Greil Marcus

WHERE THE BLUES WAS BORN
by Tom Freeland

POETRY

THE DONATED ORGAN
by Michael Chitwood

BLACKFACE
by Anthony Walton

HISTORY

INTRODUCTION TO ANOTHER WORLD 
by Robert Gordon

COMICS

HUNTING FOR OLD RECORDS: A TRUE STORY 
by R. Crumb

PRIVATE LESSONS

FLATPICKING WITH A GENTLEMAN 
by Craig Havighurst

RECORD LABEL

IN THE COMPANY OF SOUL 
by John Morthland

CUISINE

BARBEQUE SWINGER 
by John T. Edge

BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF ELVIS
by John Shelton Reed

MUSIC REVIEW

RESCUED FROM OBLIVION
by David Gates

INSTRUMENTAL

DEVIL'S BOX
by Philip Stevens

COLUMNS

DEALER'S CHOICE
Doc Watson's Gifts 
by Hal Crowther

GONE OFF UP NORTH
The Blues and the Gray
by Roy Blount Jr.


 On the cover: Collage by A. Newt Rayburn