Vol. 15, No. 3: Music

Vol. 15, No. 3: Music

Our experts have compiled Top Ten lists of country, blues, jazz, and rock greats. This issue also bringsfor the first time anywherethe amazing “Son” Thomas Interviews and travel into the heart of the Delta with a remarkable bluesman. In “A Brief History of the Boogie,” we’ll reveal just what the pop megastar Madonna thinks about the brand of music that influenced so many others. We’ll journey inside the wide-ranging artistry of Pura Fé in “Blues Power in the Tuscarora Homeland,” discover the “Mill Mother’s Lament,” and explore Emmett Till in southern songs.

Front Porch: Music Vol. 15

by Harry L. Watson

"Whatever feeling you are looking to explore or express—misery, elation, spiritual ecstasy, or low-down lust—chances are that some southern musician has done it already."

The Devil and his Blues: James “Son Ford” Thomas

by William R. Ferris

"You can't always go by what them preachers say, because right now some of them drink more whiskey than me."

Southern Jazz Musicians

by Charles Joyner

"John Coltrane played his hyperactive 'sheets-of-sound' with a scorching intensity, faster than most jazz fans could listen."

“When I Say Get It”: A Brief History of the Boogie

by Burgin Matthews

"'I like to boogie-woogie,' Madonna proclaimed. 'It's like riding on the wind and it never goes away.'"

Blues Power in the Tuscarora Homeland: The Music of Pura Fé

by John W. Troutman

"Pura Fé has developed a highly unusual style of weaving a fast-paced and complex, sinewy web of notes to follow and accent her extraordinarily dynamic vocal range . . . a unique and engagingly melodic tour de force."

Country Music Stars

by Jocelyn R. Neal

"Patsy Cline had a great big barrel of a voice that cut straight into the heart of everyone who heard her sing."

Winston-Salem Blues: Captain Luke, Macavine Hayes, and Whistlin’ Britches

by Joanna Welborn

"A round of 'chicken,' or moonshine, was ordered, and Macavine and Whistlin' Britches were one-upping each other with insults and dirty jokes. Captain Luke played it cool in the corner, sipping a can of Natural Light and smoking a cigar."

Mill Mother’s Lament: Ella May Wiggins and the Gastonia Textile Strike of 1929

by Patrick Huber

"Ella May Wiggins, the 'poet laureate' of the Gastonia Textile Strike of 1929, was silenced by a mill thug's bullet on September 14, 1929."

Blues Greats

by William R. Ferris

"The true 'Hootchie Kootchie Man,' Muddy Waters summons all the powers of the voodoo doctor in his guttural, deep blues voice."

Haunting America: Emmett Till in Music and Song

by Philp C. Kolin

"Dylan linked Till's innocent blood to a Mississippi downpour--so much blood shed from the brutal beatings; Till's killers 'rolled his body down a gulf of bloody red rain.'"


by Al Maginnes

". . . we owe our past the kindness of a visit now and then."

Southern Rockers

by Josh Guthman

"Let's be honest: Southern rock is a critically despised genre, a redneck sound draped in the Confederate flag and fueled by an oh-so-'70s mix of Jack Daniels and Quaaludes."

Cool-Water Music

by Joshua Guthman

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