The Oxford American is proud to present its 17th annual Southern Music issue, which celebrates the immense musical legacy, both past and present, of the state of Georgia. Published in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division, the issue comes with a 25-song CD compilation that features music by Georgia artists such as James Brown, Sandy Gaye, Gram Parsons, Otis Redding, OutKast, Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers, the Allman Brothers Band, and many more. The Georgia Music issue and compilation CD will be released on newsstands nationwide on Dec. 1, 2015 and celebrated with events on Dec. 7th and 9th in Atlanta and Athens. Order the issue here.
In the magazine, which features a Deborah Feingold image of James Brown on the cover, more than 45 writers take on the task of chronicling numerous musical traditions and artists from Georgia—including legends, innovators, and the state’s brightest visionaries. A few highlights: Peter Guralnick on his discovery of Blind Willie McTell and the electrifying experience of seeing the James Brown Show in 1965; Kiese Laymon on the influence of OutKast; Amanda Petrusich on the Allman Brothers Band and Capricorn Records; Elyssa East on Gram Parsons and his “Nudie suits”; and Brit Bennett on Janelle Monáe and Wondaland Records. The issue has a special section called “Athens x Athens,” in which musicians from the famous scene share stories and anecdotes about what makes the town an unmatched hub for creativity.
A few more highlights: David Ramsey contemplates Little Richard; a profile of the swing jazz bandleaderFletcher Henderson by Cynthia Shearer; Creative Loafing senior staff writer Rodney Carmichael talks Dungeon Family with Rico Wade; rapper Killer Mike turns 40; Wyatt Williams goes in search of Dust-to-Digital’s magnum opus; Dom Flemons pays tribute to “Father of Gospel” Thomas A. Dorsey; new poetry by MacArthur Fellow A. E. Stallings; and much, much more.
The compilation CD includes a cover of the song “Midnight”—written by songwriting legends Boudleaux Bryant and Chet Atkins and recorded by Ray Charles—by the Athens-based band Futurebirds. This song was recorded exclusively for the Oxford American. The compilation ends with a recently discovered 1961 demo recording of Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer performing “Moon River.” The CD, produced by OA’s managing editor Maxwell George, was mastered by Grammy-winning producer Michael Graves of Osiris Studio in Atlanta.
The Georgia events include:
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015
GEORGIA MUSIC ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY
EDDIE’S ATTIC in Decatur
Presented by Discover DeKalb
Show starts @ 7:30 pm
A night of celebration and Georgia music featuring Art Rosenbaum, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls, Waiting for UFOs, and Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of and can be purchased here.
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
GEORGIA MUSIC ISSUE READING
AVID BOOKSHOP in Athens
Oxford American editors and writers read from the issue
6:30 – 7:30 pm
GEORGIA MUSIC ISSUE LAUNCH PARTY
GEORGIA THEATRE in Athens
Show starts @ 9 pm
A night of celebration and Athens music featuring Ruby the RabbitFoot, Shade, Danny Hutchens and The Old Hoss Radbourn Experience, The Historical Mercyland Abstract, and Elf Power. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased here.