Issue 95: 18th Annual Southern Music Issue & CD — The Blues — Bonnie Raitt Cover
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The 2016 160-page magazine and 23-song soundtrack is called Visions of the Blues.
The issue features the greatest artists associated with the blues alongside contemporary musicians who are building on the genre’s legacy and reinterpreting the genre’s traditions. This is the first time that the Oxford American has devoted an entire music issue to a genre theme. To commemorate this occasion, we have created three different cover designs that celebrate three generations of musicians: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria. Our music issues are prized by collectors and often sell out. Order all three covers here.
A few highlights from the issue: John Jeremiah Sullivan on his hometown’s blues history; Elijah Wald on Bob Dylan’s lost blues album; Ann Powers on “Miss You” by Alabama Shakes; Amanda Petrusich on the blues scene in Tokyo, Japan; Daphne A. Brooks on the power of blueswomen’s duets, from Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas to Lauryn Hill and Mary J. Blige; Greil Marcus on “John Henry” by John Lee Hooker; Jewly Hight on Bonnie Raitt’s journey of artistic formation; Crystal Wilkinson on how Prince saved her life; Rashod Ollison on Malaco Records; Jeffery Renard Allen’s short story about a fictional meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Francis Bacon; a memoir by Zandria F. Robinson; and “The Blues,” a new poem by Nikki Giovanni.
PLUS: Rhiannon Giddens, Gil Scott-Heron, Bassekou Kouyaté, Charley Patton, Regina Carter, Barbara Dane, Koko Taylor, Ida Cox, Otis Taylor, and much more.
Cover photo of Bonnie Raitt courtesy of Deborah Feingold / Corbis Premium Historial / Getty Images.