February 28, 2013

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Tennessee’s rich musical heritage, with its indelible contribution to the world stage, will be the focus of the 2013 edition of the Oxford American magazine’s award-winning and critically acclaimed annual Southern music issue.

The issue will be published in December and available on newsstands nationwide. It will be packaged with a compilation CD dedicated to Tennessee music, including the music of Memphis, “Home of the Blues” and “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Music City” Nashville, Bristol, the “Birthplace of Country Music,” and all points in-between. The print issue will include a special editorial section comprised of articles about the artists and songs featured on the Tennessee CD.

“In addition to delving into the state’s many noteworthy historic recordings and figures, we will also put emphasis on Tennessee’s current vibrant creative artistic culture,” said Rick Clark, the magazine’s music editor.

The issue and compilation CD is being produced in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. After the issue’s release, the magazine and the agency will work together to hold events around the state to celebrate the remarkable musical energy of Tennessee, from its legendary musicians, such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, B.B. King and Al Green, to today’s top artists and recent Grammy Award winners, including The Black Keys, Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson.

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