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The Oxford American’s 22nd Annual 
Southern Music Issue

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This year we’ve compiled our “greatest hits,” including selections of the most beloved music writing from our archive—guest edited by Brittany Howard, the Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and frontwoman of the Alabama Shakes. This jam-packed issue also includes new essays on iconic Southern artists who have changed the trajectory of American music.

Rather than including a CD this year, we’ve asked guest contributors to curate a selection of playlists that limn the bounty of Southern music across genres. These are available to stream on Spotify

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Rocket Fantastic and other books of poems. They live in Old East Durham, North Carolina, and work at UNC Chapel Hill. Rigorous compassion is at the center of their practice. It has been the honor of their life to know Randall Kenan.
November 10, 2020

A poem from the Greatest Hits Music Issue

“The best of friends are sure to part one day.” / I can’t remember who said it but it’s true. I wish / the little church next door was there in person / so I could hear them singing. I really do.