The Little Rock-based Oxford American magazine released the cover of its Kickstarter-funded Texas Music Issue this afternoon, featuring a 1975 portrait of Guy and Susanna Clark. They also released details about the magazine and the accompanying CD, which in addition to Clark will feature “Ray Price and Bob Wills, Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry, Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, Lee Ann Womack, Ornette Coleman, Sarah Jarosz, Freddy Fender, Willie Nelson, Barbara Lynn, Johnny Winter, and others.”
In the magazine itself:
Joe Nick Patoski profiles Willie Nelson’s longtime drummer, Paul “The Devil” English; Amanda Petrusich remembers Houston hip-hop genius DJ Screw; Dom Flemons interviews Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz; Rachel Monroe tries on Roy Orbison’s glasses; Michelle García searches for the birth of Tejano music; Margaret Moser pays tribute to the Austin music scene; Tom Maxwell, Cynthia Shearer, and Nathan Salsburg profile Texas folklorists and the musicians they recorded—and much more. The issue also presents new poetry by John Poch, Naomi Shihab Nye, and David Tomas Martinez, and short fiction by Bret Anthony Johnston.
The magazine will be hosting Texas music legend Rodney Crowell at South on Main on Dec. 4, an event they say is “concurrent with the release of the Oxford American’s 16th Annual Music Issue.” Tickets for that show are available now as well.