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Still Groovin’: The Global Southern Music Issue


The Spring 2013 Issue, with bonus CD, is still available in print. Get your copy today!

Read it in print, online through Project Muse, and for KindleNookKobo E-ReaderGoogle Nexus, and Sony Reader (Coming Soon).

19-1 Table of Contents

Front Porch
by Jocelyn R. Neal
“The questions we ask of our music suggest parallels for our own reflections: where did it come from, how can it both ‘be’ and ‘become’ southern, and how much of its nature is created through the act of performance?” 

The New Masters of Eloquence
Southernness, Senegal, and Transatlantic Hip-Hop Mobilities

by Ali Colleen Neff
“Key to the emerging styles of the American South and West Africa alike are traditions of eloquence that extend to the foundations of Black Atlantic culture.” 

Steelin’ the Slide
Hawai‘i and the Birth of the Blues Guitar
by John W. Troutman
“Native Hawaiian guitarists, who slid metal bars over their strings to create sweeping glissando sounds, inundated the South in the first decades of the twentieth century.”

Interview: Trading Verses
James “Son Ford” Thomas and Allen Ginsberg

with William R. Ferris
“What does it mean—about the eagle flying on Friday?”

The Color of the Blues
Considering Revisionist Blues Scholarship 

by Christian O’Connell
“The blues is American music with origins within African American culture of the South, but its story has not been limited by the same national or cultural boundaries.”

The Bootleg South
The Geography of Music Piracy in the 1970s

by Alex Sayf Cummings
“The production and sale of illicit music, like liquor, has been part of what the late historian Jack Temple Kirby dubbed the ‘countercultural South’—an undercurrent of defiance to both government and big business that persisted throughout the twentieth century.”

Photo Essay: Outback Elvis
Riding with the King in Parkes, Australia

by Gretchen Wood
“Shops featured Elvis window displays; couples renewed their marriage vows before an Elvis wedding celebrant; and even the statue of Sir Henry Parkes, the town’s namesake, sported Elvis’s seventies-era sunglasses.”

Mason-Dixon Lines: The Banjo
poetry by Michael McFee
“. . . until his finger pads started bleeding again,
fresh calluses splitting as he played . . . ”

Not Forgotten: Rufus Thomas
Man of the House of Happiness

by Thomas Hackett
“His career was entwined with virtually every great blues, R&B, and soul performer of the twentieth century, including Son House, Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, and Al Greene; yet, Thomas believed that as a pure entertainer he had no equal.”

Track List and Liner Notes: Traveling Shoes
compiled by Aaron Smithers

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