To some, the small town of New Albany may just be a sign you pass on the highway. But if you pull off the road and visit the town, you may be pleasantly surprised by its charming historic downtown.
“The Rainey,” New Albany’s best fine dining restaurant, is located there. The town may be small with a population just shy of 9,000, but it is filled with fun people who enjoy a night out for yummy food and drinks.
In my house, music is always playing. It is not uncommon to wake up to the sound of Journey, Tom Petty, or Van Halen. Likewise, no car ride is complete without the classics. At age 10, I could sing every word to nearly every song by Kiss. For me, music has always played a large role in my life. I am a firm believer that music makes the hard times easier and the good times better.
For years, it sat mostly quiet in our den. I ran past it on my way outside to play football, baseball, basketball or soccer. Although my mom occasionally played hymns or Dan Fogelberg songs on it, I was not interested in an old piano. However, my opinion of the old piano began to change during my senior year of high school.
Pascagoula native Kendall Eubanks’ grandmother, Barbara Veil, was once in a gospel band that toured the nation. Veil also taught piano lessons most of her life. Eubanks’ father was part of the U.S. Special Forces Army Choir. “The Special Forces has a really prestigious choir,” Eubanks said, “and it takes a lot to get into. But my dad had solos in it and what not. He’s always been really musically involved and plays a lot of instruments.”
Hickory Flat, Mississippi is home to one red light, one grocery story and Hickory Flat Attendance Center, a 1A K-12 school. Some people may think this small town is nothing more than a spot between Holly Springs and New Albany. However, it’s also the birthplace of the new Southern rock band, Pink House.
The Oxford band And The Echo has dropped a new single that was “Made For You.” The track by the same name has been released on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.
Sometimes music is personal. Tupelo native Maggie Houin, 20, wrote two songs this year for both her older sisters who each had a child. Her sister, Mollie Houin, was the first sibling to have a child in the Houin family. Her little girl, Tatum, inspired Houin to pen a ballad.
It didn’t take long for Andrew “Buck” Long to realize he was not like most kids from Greenwood, Mississippi. The 22-year-old musician, photographer, and video editor didn’t care much for the “country boy” lifestyle of hunting and fishing prevalent in the Mississippi Delta.
The first instrument Chandler Ladner mastered was a guitar at age 8. The piano followed. Then the saxophone. “I love challenges,” said Ladner. “It takes me to a new level and shows me new things, new attributes of music. Music is always a lesson based on the flow or rigidness of each note played. It will tell anyone a story and put them at peace at the same time. Music is life to me, and it should be to everyone. A life without music is a life wasted.”
When he isn’t fly-fishing, you’ll find Oxford musician Matthew Isonhood writing songs and playing with his band Magnolia Grove. You can hear him playing guitar and the drums on their EP.
A local band is busting out of obscurity and onto the Oxford music scene. The Busty Petites, a band that recently played multiple shows at Proud Larry’s, will give their biggest performance to date Friday, Nov. 30 when they open for CBDB, an American progressive rock band from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In the famous farmlands of the Delta, where cultural history is as rich as the soil, there have been efforts to tear down the fabric of history it has come to represent. “Sharecropper shacks,” popularized during the post-Civil War agricultural system, were let by tenant farmers who would work the land.
Watering holes on and off of the Square have prepared their staffs for the Double Decker Festival.
The University of Mississippi’s student run and operated radio station, Rebel Radio, carries on the legacy of radio, while providing students with a musical outlet. The station, broadcasting out of the Student Media Center in Bishop Hall on the Oxford Campus, includes both paid and volunteer jobs.
Imagine something you find absolutely breathtaking. Something you could stare at or watch for hours and still be just as enamored as you were the first time you saw it.
Oxford drivers beware. According to Double Decker officials, most roads on the Square will be closed all day Saturday, and towing is scheduled to start around 4 a.m.
Square businesses expect a large, revenue-generating crowd, and Sadie Wilson from University Sporting Goods said all employees will help with the big weekend.
Starting Friday, the 23rd annual Double Decker Arts Festival begins its celebration of local foods, music and arts. As one of Oxford’s biggest events of the year, the event offers Oxford hotels an opportunity to make real money
In recent years, the Double Decker Festival has attracted around 66,000 tourists on average. However, Visit Oxford’s Joe Scott expects a record number of visitors this year.
As the spring season begins to bloom, the days get ever rainier, and the air is filled with the despair-ridden cries of allergy-stricken individuals, Oxford’s iconic Double Decker Festival draws near. The town’s festival set for April 27-28 draws thousands annually who shop for art and listen live music.
The Double Decker Music and Arts Festival set for April 27-28 is a must do in Oxford. When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, it’s a reminder of how special the small town is.
If you are an Oxford resident, and you visit the Square often searching for a parking space, you may or may not be a fan of the parking meters.
Oxford has had nothing short of an incredible musical history. From the days of bluesmen, such as R. L. Burnside or Holly Springs’ Junior Kimbrough, to the punk music community of the 1990s with bands such as The Cooters.