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Southern Music – Oxford American Magazine’s CD issue

My friends are always saying that my musical tastes are eclectic-with my favorite artists and bands ranging from the Eagles (and their individual performances as solo artists) to Emmylou Harris to Aaron Neville to the Texas Tornados, Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen and the Mavericks. Throw in Celine Dion and Chris Hillman, and a few Hispanic artists or groups such as Los Temerarios and Ramon Ayala. So it’s not surprising that I always am intrigued by Oxford American magazine’s annual music issue, which is accompanied by a music CD. What better $10 buy than a single copy magazine and CD with more than 20 songs on it? Or better still, a $14.95 a year subscription. I only wish I had discovered these earlier-as several issues are out of print and the others relatively expensive (one goes for $50).

The 2006 music issue is an exceptional variety of Southern music-and like its predecessors not “contemporary” in that the songs have a wide appeal and a wide range of performance dates. This year, for example, the 24-track includes Amiram Riagai’s 1979 rendition of “Souvenir de Porto Rico” composed by Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) as well a groovy funk by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings “How Long Do I have to Wait for You?” performed in 2005. Throw in some period pieces by Muhammad Ali (1976) and Andy Griffith (1957), and you’ve got an amazing compilation of tracks. In my opinion, the best tracks are Eartha Kitt’s “C’est Si Bon” (1953) and Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz” (1964). But there’s a track for everyone who loves guitars and down home music that tugs at you from every corner of the room.

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