Magazine


Issue 45, April 2003

Southern Music Issue Vol. VI

“[Willie Nelson] takes out a joint and passes it to me. I usually don’t partake, but to pass up a chance to inhale with Willie would be a sin.” — Jon Bon Jovi, from “Willie Stories”

Willie Nelson stories told by B. B. King, Jon Bon Jovi, Toby Keith, James Caan, Kris Kristofferson, and others. Essays on Blind Willie Johnson, Otis Blackwell, Tommy Thompson, R.L. Burnside, Chris Bell, Ester Phillips, and many more.

Contributors include John Jeremiah Sullivan, Billy Collins, Roy Blount Jr., Katy Vine, Lauren Wilcox, and more.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor's Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

THE FRONT
Dispatches from around the South.

 

Sense of Place
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
photographs by Henry Horenstein

 

Essay
FATE AND A JUKEBOX
by Philip Stephens

 

In Virginia
THE COLLECTOR
by Eddie Dean

 

Essay
THE MECHANICAL MUSE
by T.R. Hummer

 

In Memorium: Otis Blackwell 
THE MAN BEHIND THE SONGS YOU LOVE
by Tom Russell


In Memorium: Tommy Thompson
FATHER BANJO
by Hal Crowther


Southern Scenes
OTHAR TURNER (1907–2003)
photograph by Bill Steber

 


 

CD Liner Notes

 

JOHNNY DARRELL
Nashville Casualty
by John Schulian

 

SWAMP DOGG
Up From the Dirty South
by Bill Friskics-Warren

 

THE DEL McCOURY BAND
Leader of the Pack
by Grant Alden

 

ANN SAVOY & LINDA RONSTADT
Out of the Bayou
A conversation

 

KING PLEASURE
Messenger of Jazz
by Michael Perry

 

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Amazing Grace
by Richard Smith

 

MY MORNING JACKET
I Think I'm Going to Hell
by William Bowers

 

NELLIE LUTCHER
Real Gone Gal
by Jonny Whiteside

 

THE COLLINS KIDS
Straight Into Compton
by Alex Halberstadt

 

ESTHER PHILLIPS
Tough Mother For You
by Lauren Wilcox

 

THE GOURDS
No Alternative
by Katy Vine

 

MARSHALL CHAPMAN
A Southern Belle Raisin' Hell
by Geoffrey Himes

 

LITTLE MILTON
That Old Cool
by Kevin Canty

 

MEMPHIS MINNIE
Her Own Blues
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

R.L. BURNSIDE
Authenticity Be Damned!
by Will Blythe

 

BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON
Sounds of the Spirit
by Alan Light

 

P.J. PROBY
Buck Wild
by Mike Stax

 

THE DELMORE BROTHERS
Imitating Nobody
by William Hogeland

 

THE YO-YO’S
Fools For Love
by Ron Hall

 

CHRIS BELL
That Don't Get Him Back Again
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

 

WILLIE NELSON
Willie Stories
with Bobby Bare, Toby Keith, Marty Stuart, Steve Earle, Pam Tillis, Jon Bon Jovi, James Caan, Billy Joe Shaver, Essence, B.B. King, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kris Kristofferson, Kevin Russell, John Taylor, Ringo Garza

 

MARILYN MONROE & JANE RUSSELL
Nothing Like the Real Thing
by Ron Carlson

 

WILL KIMBROUGH
Good Will
by Rick Cornell

 


 

Poetry

 

1955
by David Huddle

 

FOOL ME GOOD and MUSICAL CHAIRS
by Billy Collins

 


Cover: Esther Phillips