Friday, March 15

Southern Six-Pack: Turn Up the Volume

Maybe it's because all of those SXSW tweets are making us jealous, or maybe the gorgeous weather here in Oxford has put a spring (get it?) in our step. Whatever the reason, we've dedicated today's six pack to the glorious intersection of food and music. When we did the same thing for our 2009 symposium, the results were slightly more erudite. But it's Friday—not to mention spring break in these parts—so just kick back and enjoy.

1. My heroes have always been...immortalized on toast? It's Willie Nelson like you've never seen him before.

2. Did you think we had forgotten about barbecue since last year's symposium? Silly otters! We were reminded of this classic (from the late, great, Mississippian Jim Henson) while playing on the iPad last week with a 3-year-old potlikker-ette. She started singing along by the second verse. You will, too.

3. The obituary of Mr. Harry Stamps of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been making the Internet rounds for almost a week now. PLEASE do yourself a favor and read it if you haven't done so already. (As for the musical tie-in, we think you'll agree that Harry's life story is a country hit waiting to happen.) Then, raise a martini glass of buttermilk in his honor.

4.  Chef/author/provocateur Eddie Huang takes his inspiration from hip-hop, as he told us at the 2012 Southern Foodways Symposium. Next week, he'll return to the University of Mississippi campus for the Oxford Conference for the Book. If you're in town, our director John T. Edge interviews Eddie on March 22 at 6 pm at Off-Square Books. Eddie will probably take the stage, as he is wont to do, to the strains of Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothin'." (see above video)
Note: We can neither confirm nor deny the presence of Will "Bonnie Prince Billy" Oldham and Zack Galifianakis as back-up dancers when Eddie appears at Off-Square Books. But for what it's worth, we think the three of them would get along swimmingly.

5. It's an oldie by Internet standards (written in 2010), but such a goodie: Francis Lam reflects on "What Biggie Smalls' Lyrics Taught Me About Food." Now, go fix yourself some cheese eggs and Welch's grape.

6. Despite their Hoboken roots, indie rockers Yo La Tengo are such big fans of Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville that the spicy stuff has inspired not one, but two of their songs. (True story: The band's lawyers wouldn't give Joe York permission to use either of these songs in his film about Prince's. Not that our feelings are hurt or anything.)