The Oxford American is a quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the complexity and vitality of the American South.
Each year they put together an issue dedicated to southern music, and this year the focus is North Carolina music.
They’re presenting several Statewide Singing Circle events throughout the state, where North Carolina songwriters will perform, as well as literary readings highlighting stories from the issue.
Here in the Triangle, the Statewide Singing Circle takes place at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, on Monday, November 26th, at 7:30 p.m. You can find tickets at CarolinaTix.org.
The performers include:
- Tift Merritt
- Shirlette Ammons
- Stephen Anderson
- H.C. McEntire
- Chatham County Line
- Phil Cook
- Alice Gerrard Music
- Brian Horton
- Big Ron Hunter
- Sister Lena Mae Perry of the Branchettes
- ASM (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man)
- Chris Stamey
- Mary Dobbin Williams
- Other surprise guests
The next day, Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, there will be a FREE event at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main Street, Durham:
Stories From the Issue – Durham – 2018 NC Music Issue
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Oxford American magazine, Yep Roc Records, and Free Range Brewing are proud to present the Oxford American’s 2018 North Carolina Music Issue Celebration.
This event is free to the public and will feature a diverse group of writers reading stories from the issue, along with musical punctuations by co-curator, Raleigh-based songwriter Tift Merritt.
Featured guests at the Durham readings will include:
- Dasan Ahanu
- Sarah Bryan
- Benjamin Hedin
- Jill McCorkle
- Mark Powell
- Tom Rankin
- Musical guest Tift Merritt
- Music guest Phil Cook
Oxford American deputy editor Maxwell George, a North Carolina native, will emcee the event.
The event is made possible with the support of co-presenting sponsors NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and North Carolina Humanities Council. Additional major partners include North Carolina Arts Council, Visit North Carolina, ArtsGreensboro, Bob Nocek Presents, Maxx Music, Isis Music Hall, The Pinhook, Letters Bookshop, Free Range Brewing, and Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.