It doesn't hit newsstands until tomorrow, but you can get the Oxford American's 11th Annual Southern Music issue
at Cajun's today. The OA's throwing a preview party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This year's the debut of the magazine's new state series. Appropriately enough, Arkansas goes first. The magazine comes with two CDs, one that's the traditional mix of music from the South spanning wide eras and genres and another that does the same but limits its scope to Arkansas. The 192-page issue includes articles on all 52 artists featured on the two CDs.
Even the deepest crate-diggers are going to be impressed with the Arkansas mix. Billy Lee Riley is just about the only widely familiar name. Fans of contemporary local music will recognize acts like American Princes, Suga City, Jim Mize and Chris Denny, but otherwise it's mostly forgotten gems.
Full disclosure: I pitched some songs and wrote a couple of articles. So did a lot of contributors to the Times
and familiar local names — Sam Eifling, Derek Jenkins, Natalie Elliott, Rod Bryan, Stephen Koch, Red Neckerson.
Pick one up.
And mark your calendar for the next OA music issue party: