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Oxford American

Oxford American is an American quarterly literary magazine "dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South" It is now published by the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.

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Little Walter, Dave Myers, Junior Wells: Dave Myers: They Used To Call Me The Thumper Because I Played So Hard

Interview by Robert Gordon, Oxford American, July 1998

THE FINGER-POPPING, head-bobbing joie de vivre that Dave Myers exudes all over his new CD is not readily apparent when I call him up to ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: Lee Dorsey: Why Isn't This Man in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Retrospective by Geoffrey Himes, Oxford American, July 1998

NO SINGER in the Big Easy had a more easygoing manner than Lee Dorsey. The rhythms behind him could be wickedly syncopated (they usually were), ...

Mavis Staples, Pop Staples: Pops Staples

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Oxford American, July 1998

THE STAPLE Singers didn't get started until ten years after the family patriarch, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, moved the clan from Winona, Mississippi, to Chicago in ...

Bob Dylan in Mississippi

Essay by Andria Lisle, Oxford American, Summer 1999

"Oxford Town in the afternoon,Ev’rybody singin’ a sorrowful tune.Two men died ‘neath the Mississippi moon,Somebody better investigate soon.Oxford Town, Oxford Town,Ev’rybody’s got their heads bowed ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Southern Gallery: Tom Petty

Interview by Holly George-Warren, Oxford American, 15 July 2000

I GUESS YOU can say it was my theme song: its jangling, melodic guitar riff perfect for pogoing, and the urgent vocals laced with a ...

Jeff Buckley: Our Glorious Spring: Jeff Buckley

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, Oxford American, Summer 2000

THERE IS A PICTURE, taken early in May 1997, at Ellen’s Soul Food Restaurant in Memphis. It’s a Sunday afternoon, and we’ve just arrived from ...

Ann Peebles: Soul Sensation

Retrospective by Andria Lisle, Oxford American, June 2001

WHEN ANN Peebles and Gene "Bowlegs" Miller first crossed paths at the Rosewood Club in South Memphis, neither would have called it destiny. As Miller ...

Jerry McCain: Absolutely the Best – The Complete Jewel Singles

Review by Andria Lisle, Oxford American, Summer 2001

BLUES HARMONICA fans beware: Jerry "Boogie" McCain's harp-blowing is anything but conventional, and this collection, featuring material cut a decade into his career, during the ...

Chris Bell, Big Star, The dB's: Chris Bell: Waltz Across Memphis

Retrospective by Mark Rozzo, Oxford American, Summer 2003

IN MAY OF 1978, the first Big Star pilgrimage took place. Driving out from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, via Interstate 40, three guys obsessed with ...

Jim Ford: White Soul from the Black Hills: Whatever Happened to Jim Ford?

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Oxford American, Fall 2005

TWENTY YEARS AGO I drove around the American South in pursuit of something I called "country soul." By that term I meant the late '60s/early ...

Big Star: "It Isn't Even a Record": Big Star's 'Stroke It, Noel' and Sister Lovers

Retrospective and Interview by Mark Rozzo, Oxford American, 2006

ONE CHILL November evening several years ago, I found myself camped around a driftwood fire on the banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis, watching ...

Bobby Charles, Shannon McNally: Small Town Talk: Shannon McNally's tribute to Bobby Charles

Report and Interview by John Swenson, Oxford American, 2 July 2013

DURING A VISIT to New Orleans twelve years ago, Shannon McNally, a talented young vocalist from New York with a critically acclaimed pop debut to ...

O.V. Wright: The Wright Stuff: O.V. Wright

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Oxford American, December 2013

NOTE: This is the original, previously unpublished version of Bill's article.  ...

Matraca Berg: The Daughter of Music Row

Retrospective and Interview by Holly Gleason, Oxford American, 22 January 2014

A SLIGHT, YOUNG brunette stood alone in a navy Richard Tyler slip on the Opry House stage, backed by a pianist and a string quartet, ...

Willie Nelson: Paul English: Watching Willie's Back

Profile and Interview by Joe Nick Patoski, Oxford American, 13 Winter 2014

PAUL ENGLISH was talking about breaking someone's legs, cheerily using the threat as a means to get to the punch line of a story. The ...

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