The Best Gift All Year: Oxford American Annual Southern Music Issue!

Just in time for those long and excruciating Holiday flights comes the best gift you can give to yourself all year–the Oxford American 12th Annual Southern Music Issue! Kid you not, ladies and gentlemen, this magazine is light on the load but heavy on the content.

Focusing on the music of Alabama, this year’s issue has some excellent articles and the CD and its companion section is not to be missed. Some personal favorite articles are Jack Pendarvis’ “I Don’t Hate It!” detailing the frustrating task of writing about music, Franklin Bruno’s “The Honeymooners” about the legendary song writing duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, and Jamey Hatley’s essay “Hating The Blues” which is a bit of a misleading title, but we’ll let you read it to find out why.

As for the companion CD, some real mind blowers are “Match Box” by Ralph “Soul” Jackson (a smokin’ track from this stalwart of soul), a taste of rare tyke-psych (“The Red Invasion”)¬†from The K-Pers, a heavy slab of psych-folk (“Snowblind”) from the rare Judy Henske & Jerry Yester LP Farewell Aldebaran, and an incredible jam (“The World Don’t Owe You Nothing”) from legendary R&B producer / songwriter Sam Dees. And there’s so much more still! Dig in and read on…

Oxford American is well worth checking out all year long. Have a look around their website HERE and see why. For more info on the Annual Southern Music Issue, click HERE!