POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced that Louisiana’s rich musical heritage will be the focus of the 2012 edition of The Oxford American magazine's award-winning and critically-acclaimed annual Southern Music Issue.
“Music lovers from across the globe flock to Louisiana in droves each year to enjoy our tunes; from jazz and bluegrass to gospel and Cajun, there is something for everyone,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “We are honored that our musical heritage will be featured in The Oxford American’s illustrious Southern Music Issue.”
The Oxford American’s 2012 Southern Music Issue will be published in December and will be available nationwide. It will be packaged with a CD dedicated to the exploration of music produced by native Louisianians. The magazine will also include a special editorial section with articles about the artists and songs featured on the CD.
"Louisiana has produced some of the world's most beloved musicians across a wide range of genres, and its musical heritage is already widely respected and admired," said Warwick Sabin, Publisher of The Oxford American. "Our challenge is to thoughtfully and deeply explore the music of Louisiana, in order to unearth hidden treasures and introduce our readers and listeners to people and stories they otherwise would never know. As we have proven over the years, that is what The Oxford American does best, and we are up to the challenge."
The Louisiana CD and the editorial section about Louisiana music is produced in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. After the 2012 Southern Music Issue, The Oxford American will work with Lt. Governor Dardenne to hold events throughout the state to celebrate the musical heritage of Louisiana.
“Louisiana hosts thousands of music evens annually—such as Festival International de Louisiane, French Quarter Fest, Zydeco Festival and Jazz Fest,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “The Southern Music Issue gives us an excuse to highlight established music events as well as add additional experiences to celebrate our musical heritage.”
In 1997, The Oxford American inaugurated the annual Southern Music Issue, which focuses on the musical heritage of the South and covers the breadth and depth of music from the region.
The Oxford American’s annual Southern Music Issue has won two National Magazine Awards and other honors since it was first introduced in 1999. It is considered by many readers and listeners to be among the best music packages in the country. National Public Radio has featured several The Oxford American Southern Music Issues on its broadcasts. The New York Times once wrote, "The Oxford American may be the liveliest literary magazine in America … The CDs are so smart and eclectic they probably belong in the Smithsonian."