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Published on March 25th, 2020 | by Newt Rayburn


CHECK IT OUT #5: Oxford, Mississippi Musicians are sharing really cool Live Music Videos during the CoronaVirus Shutdown

This article is the fifth in a series of posts about musicians from Oxford, Mississippi who are continuing to play live and during the 2020 CoronaVirus Shutdown. All performances were recorded within the last 48 hours. Watch the other performances here: Check It Out #1, Check It Out #2, Check It Out #3, and Check It Out #4.

Damein Wash

Damein Wash doesn’t speak a word in his videos, but he’s typing German below them, and playing Itailan. This song is from “The Troubadour,” an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, a composer from Busseto, Italy who died in 1901.

Will Griffith & The Great Dying

We are all hurtin’ real good right now and local musician Will Griffith is bringing it on with “Hurt Me”.

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Hurt Me

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Silas Reed

Silas Reed is a natural. Just give him a room and some space and he will fill it with beautiful, soulful music, all played from the heart. This one was recorded for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council‘s “Stay@Home Festival“.

Silas is having a good time, all the time, and you are invited!

Bill Perry

Bill Perry is well known in the area for his beautiful piano playing. He recorded this Monday night, but I just saw it this morning.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon plays some mighty beautiful music on exotic instruments. While his previous videos have featured a harp, this time he’s playing a very small dulcimer. The thunder and rain in the background just add even more.

Please holler at me and let me know about local musicians who are posting live to Facebook! I can’t be online all the time and will probably miss it if you don’t let me know. My email is newt@thelocalvoice.net and I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NewtRayburn

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

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