Oxford American features Louisiana music in magazine Oxford American features Louisiana music in magazine FUN staff Jan. 17, 2013 Comments Louisiana is the focus of the annual Oxford American music issue. The Little Rock, Ark.-based magazine’s 14th annual Southern music issue includes coverage of music from Acadiana, north Louisiana and New Orleans. Alex Rawls, a former editor of the New Orleans-based Offbeat magazine, served as the issue’s guest editor. “No one knows Louisiana music like Alex Rawls,” said Roger D. Hodge, the Oxford American’s new editor. “Music is not a mere pastime for the people of this state; it is their body and their blood and their life.” The 152-page issue includes New Orleans writer Jason Berry’s six-page story about Professor Longhair; three new poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning Louisiana poet Yusef Komunyakaa; Chris Rose’s account of Louisiana’s foundational role in American music; “The Music of Louisiana,” a 21-part feature including close-up looks at songs performed by Professor Longhair, New Orleans singer and longtime Baton Rouge resident Johnny Adams, Shreveport singer-songwriter Margaret Lewis, Baton Rouge’s John Fred Gourrier and 17 others.