A fascinating look at the music
of South Carolina – served up here in the tremendous annual style of the Oxford American! As with other editions of this fantastic series (21 years in the running!), the scope of subjects included is as wide as the manner of presentation – a mixture of essays, articles, interviews, artwork, and fiction – on artists who either started in South Carolina, or helped transform the sound of the state – a lineup that includes Dizzy Gillespie, Eartha Kitt, Esquerita, Toro Y Moi, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dr Ronald McNair, Reverend Gary Davis, Linda Martell, Ranky Tanky, and others. Contributors include Melvin Gibbs, Ciona Rouse, Dave Tompkins, David Ramsey, Zandria F Robinson, Jon Kirby, Nikky Finney, Lauren Du Grav, Marshall Chapman, Eric Crawford, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and others – and as always, the issue comes with a great CD – 24 tracks by artists who include Alice Wine, Ranky Tanky, Moon Pie, Charlie McAlister, Ann Sexton, The Poplin Family, Genius Productions, Carleen & The Groovers, Marshall Chapman, Linda Martell, Uncle Walt's Band, Reverend Gary Davis, and others.