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Oxford American Southern Music CD No. 12 [coll] – [Oxford American]

ArtCrimes   6/1/2011   A Library, CD

The Oxford American magazine (partially bankrolled by John Grisham) has been covering all aspects of Southern culture for a good long while now, and each year they devote an entire issue to music, complete with a CD. ??The last couple of years have focused on a specific state, and this year it’s all about Alabama, with about 60 years of music, right up to date with Phosphorescent’s track from 2010. ??These compilations are wide-ranging, with country, soul, gospel, rockabilly, hip hop, and psychedelia, among other more mysterious genres like whatever it is that Jim Bob & the Leisure Suits do. ??Although some of these artitsts may be anything but obscure (Dinah Washington and Odetta, for examples), many of these tracks are either long out of print or picked up from rarely heard compilations on small labels. ??The case being made here is that Alabama’s music is more diverse and fascinating than one might have guessed, and the magazine gives you all the info you’ll need to dig deeper into this stuff. <crimes>

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