TOC for Southern Cultures special Music issue

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Please see below the Table of Contents for Southern Cultures's 7th Music issue, featuring Johnny Cash's last interview, Emmylou Harris as the Widow of Nashville, Muscle Shoals and the rise of FAME Recording Studios, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dutch band Normaal, huapango arribeno musicians and the making of a "Mexican South," the remaking of Beale Street, a newly discovered ballad of Ella May Wiggins, the community of New Orleans musicians, and more, including a collection of the best in new southern music.

Front Porch
by Harry L. Watson
“[I]n a long history of poverty, defeat, and suffering on all sides… music in multiple forms became and indispensable source of solace, renewal, and strength.”

“You Have to Call Me the Way You See Me”
Johnny Cash
“Look, I appreciate… all the praise and the glory, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about anything, really. I just do what I do and just hope the people enjoy it and just try to be myself in whatever I do.”

“You Sleep with None and You Wake with Ghosts”: Emmylou Harris as the Widow of Nashville
by Marcus Desmond Harmon
“Emmylou Harris’s post-Parsons work is a celebration of complicated grief, casting about for ways to both ‘move on’ and stay faithful to the past.”

Southern Borderlands: Music, Migrant Life, and Scenes of a “Mexican South”
by Alex E. Chavez
“The strumming of stringed instruments booms out through the PA, elaborate fiddle melodies erupt, followed by the soaring voice of the poet-practitioner, embracing those present, scanning the scene before him…drifting, shaping, movies that elicit a chorus of gritos.”

Helping Pave the Road to FAMEBehind the Music of Muscle Shoals
by Christopher Reali
“We took time, there was no set pattern to how we recorded. We might record all day, got eat a hamburger, and record ’til midnight. I mean we didn’t have no three-hour sessions. No such thing.”

“Nice to Meet You, Three, Four”: New Orleans Musicians and the Attractions of Community 
by Michael Urban
“I think that everyone who lives here and plays music feels honored in some way, you know. It’s a real privilege to be able to live in New Orleans and play music.”

Rebel Rock: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Normaal, and Regional Identity
by Maartin Zwiers
“I am proud to be a farmer in the lowlands / A place where even squares can have a ball…” 

John Ellington and the Remaking of Beale Street
by Cathryn Stout
“In 1988 and ’89 I started convincing people to come down there. [W]hen I got B.B. King, which took me seven years, that’s really when it completely turned.”

The Saga of Ella May Wiggins
by Annette Cox
“‘Men say mill folks are rotten / an’ mean down to the core, / But if you seen your children starve, / wouldn’t you ask fer more?'”

A Black Man Tells His Son the Whole Story
Poetry by Leonard D. Moore
“For fifty years I sweat my dues, / wept salt liquor from the blues. / This story I tell wherever I go.”

B.B. King: September 16, 1925-May 14, 2015
by William R. Ferris
“Wherever there is suffering, wherever loneliness, wherever love is felt, your spirit, your voice, your music will be heard.”

Guy Caravan: July 27, 1927-May 2, 2015
By Michael K. Honey
“No one I knew, not even Pete Seeger, could make that banjo ring with the sounds of the Appalachian mountains the way Guy could.”

The Music Issue CD: Southern Side Trip
Compiled by Aaron Smithers

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