Lee Bains III to perform solo show Jan. 27

Photo by Zach Wolfe. Originally published in The Bitter Southerner

Music of the South concert series continues Lee Bains III brings his distinct Southern rock and soul to the University of Mississippi for a solo performance Jan. 27 as part of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Music of the South concert series. Bains, a songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, who lives in Atlanta,… Read More >

Ted Ownby on Elvis Presley as a Southern Studies Student

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Center Director Ted Ownby wrote the introduction for a new book on Elvis Presley by Joel Williamson, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life. Here, his thoughts on whether Southern Studies might’ve saved Presley. Elvis Presley died in 1977. That was the same year the Center for the Study of Southern Culture hosted its first events, and… Read More >

Save the Date for the 2015 Blues Today Symposium

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Mark Camarigg of Living Blues magazine with news of the 2015 Blues Today Symposium, this year focused on North Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Since 2003, Living Blues magazine has sponsored the Blues Today Symposium each spring on the University of Mississippi campus.  The Symposium has featured such keynote speakers as Paul Oliver, Samuel Charters, and Bill Ferris… Read More >

Living Blues’ October issue highlights blues tourism

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Double issue provides a guide for adventurers traveling the Mississippi Blues Trail Blues tourism in Mississippi is highlighted in the special October double-issue of Living Blues magazine. Focusing on more than 180 Mississippi Blues Trail markers, the issue spotlights the people, places and themes of the blues in Mississippi with hundreds of destinations including clubs,… Read More >

Feder Family Gift Supports Study of Southern Music

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We kicked off this year’s Music of the South Concert Series earlier this week with a performance by the band Feufollet.  Here, a story from the Southern Register about Ron and Becky Feder and their family, long-time supporters of the Center and its efforts to study music. This article originally appeared in the Spring 2014… Read More >

August Issue of Living Blues on Newstands

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The August issue of Living Blues magazine is available now.  The issue features a cover story on the state of the blues harp, highlighting the still-vibrant world of blues harmonica and profiling emerging harp players like Grady Champion, Russ Green, Omar Coleman, Bud Carson, Professor Harp, Orange Jefferson, Greg Izor, and more. The new issue… Read More >

Oxford Blues Fest Features Center Faculty, Staff, Friends

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The Oxford Blues Fest, hosted by the University of Mississippi Museum,  begins this evening, Thursday, July 17.   A panel on blues scholarship tomorrow at 1:15pm will feature Scott Barretta of the Highway 61 radio show and Mark Camarigg, managing editor of Center publication Living Blues.  Southern Studies and English professor Adam Gussow will participate in a… Read More >

Fred McDowell the Subject of Latest SouthDocs Film

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The life of Mississippi hill country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904–72) is the subject of a documentary film being made by Scott Barretta and Joe York. The idea for the film came about when the two discovered that the University of Mississippi owned a short film about McDowell called Bluesmaker, which was made in his longtime home of Como by Christian Garrison, who was a resident filmmaker for the university.