Magazine


Issue 71, Winter 2010


The Alabama Music Issue 

“[Alabama] boasts a long line of jazz virtuosi. And a rambunctious catalog of garage rock. An illustrious heritage of gospel. A star-studded cast of r&b masters and mistresses. A contemporary scene loaded with genre-bending talent. And so on and so on.” — Editor’s Note

The twelfth annual Southern Music Issue includes writing by Greil Marcus, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Amanda Petrusich, Kevin Brockmeier, and many more, plus a 27-song CD of Alabama music.







 

Columns & Departments 

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

South Toward Home
HOW HELENA GOT ITS BISCUITS BACK
by Warwick Sabin

 

I Don’t Hate It!
WEIRD SINCERITY
by Jack Pendarvis

 

Instrumental
BANJO INTERLUDE
by Daniel Wallace

 

People
THE HONEYMOONERS
by Franklin Bruno

 

The List
TEN GREAT SNOWBOUND ALBUMS
by Kevin Brockmeier

 

Profile
STRANGE MACHINERY
by Kent Priestley

 

After the Storm
TO BE CONTINUED...
by Dan Baum

 

Essay
HATING THE BLUES
by Jamey Hatley

 


Fiction

 

SKIP JAMES ON ART
I knew the whole world could fit into two lines.
a story by Greil Marcus

 

FIRST OF THE MONTH
And the child smells worse than last time.
a story by Tom Franklin

 


 

Poetry

 

THE DREAMS OF GREAT MEN
by Holly Day

 

BEFORE BUCKET SEATS
by Kitty Forbes

 

BROWN GLASS BOTTLE & HIGHWAY 61
by Amorak Huey

 

BABEL
by Susan O'Dell Underwood

 

THE DENUNCIATION OF RICKY SKAGGS FROM ON HIGH
by Steve Scafidi

 

SECONDHAND SMOKE
by Terry Minchow-Proffitt

 


 

Alabama Music CD Section

 

Ralph “Soul” Jackson
by Zeth Lundy

 

Curley Money & His Rolling Ramblers
by Alex Cook

 

The K-Pers
by Austin Ray

 

The Maddox Brothers & Rose
by Tony Russell

 

Mary Gresham
by Natalie Elliott

 

Phosphorescent
by Rachael Maddux

 

Odetta
by Amanda Petrusich
by John Uhl

 

Black Haze Express
by Ben Greenman 

 

Hardrock Gunter & the Pebbles
by Mark Kemp

 

Jim Bob & the Leisure Suits
by Ed Reynolds

 

Dan Pickett
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

 

Sammy Salvo
by Ed Whitelock

 

Judy Henske & Jerry Yester
by Richie Unterberger

 

Lil Greenwood
by Scott Barretta

 

Sam Dees
by Roy Kasten

 

The Gosdin Brothers
by Hayden Childs

 

G-Side
by Jon Kirby

 

Eddie Cole & His Gang
by Tom Nolan

 

Crazy Teens
by Roy Hoffman

 

Rev. Fred Lane with Ron 'Pate's Debonairs
by Lee Shook

 

Baker Knight
by Carl Wilson

 

Dinah Washington
by Derek Jenkins

 

Robert Brown & the Sons of the South
by Kevin Nutt

 

Sex Clark Five
by Kim Cooper

 

Sister Gertrude Morgan
by Nick Rombes
by Hampton Sides

 

Various
by Jerald Walker

 


 Cover: “Player” by David van Alphen