Happy happy, joy joy. The Oxford American, a quarterly publication I look forward to reading more than any other magazine I take, has just put out their 7th Annual Southern Music Issue, with free included CD. (Past OA CD compilations are among the favorite discs in my record collection.)
How hip are they, you ask? They've got everybody from Bessie Smith to Elvis on this thing, along with Erma Franklin (Aretha's older sister) and such gems as the Pilgrim Travelers singing "Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb."
If you care one whit for Southern music, or good music in general, and you live anywhere with a half-decent newsstand, I urge you to pick up a copy today (or visit their web site and subscribe!)
If you don't live near a good newsstand, call the folks at OA directly to order: (501) 450-5820.