Feder Family Gift Supports Study of Southern Music

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

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

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

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.