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Oxford American

Founded in Oxford, Mississippi in 1992, Oxford American is a nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to documenting the vitality and complexity of the American South. Since 1997, they have published their Southern Music issue every year, which comes with a coveted CD curated by the editors.

We're thrilled to be offering their 18th annual music issue — titled Visions of the Blues, it's packed with great writing that ranges from the Alabama Shakes to Francis Bacon and Tokyo's thriving blues scene. And with its 23-track CD, you'll be able to put your feet up this holiday season and immerse yourself in the world of Southern Blues.

In this issue:

  • The power of blues women’s duets, from Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige, discussed by Daphne Brooks
  • Amanda Petrusich encounters a real, thriving blues scene in a place far from its source in the American South: Tokyo, Japan

  • Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt’s journey of artistic formation, and the moment of transition when, on the cusp of turning 40, she had a mainstream breakthrough with Nick of Time

  • Zandria F. Robinson—the daughter of a Memphis-born mother and a Delta-raised father—reflects on the music her father loved 

  • A fictional meeting between Jimi Hendrix and artist Francis Bacon in London during Hendrix’s years there, as imagined by Jeffery Renard Allen

  • And John Jeremiah Sullivan, Southern editor of the Paris Review, mines his hometown Louisville, Kentucky's blues history

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