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Published on April 13th, 2020 | by Newt Rayburn


CHECK IT OUT #7: Oxford, Mississippi Expatriate Musicians are sharing really cool Live Music Videos during the CoronaVirus Shutdown

This article is the seventh 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 week or so. All of these artists in this article used to live in Oxford, but are now hunkered down in another city or state!

Watch the other performances here: Check It Out #1, Check It Out #2, Check It Out #3, Check It Out #4, Check It Out #5, and Check It Out #6.

Josh Cooker, aka Captain Midnight

Josh Cooker grew up in College Hill, Mississippi, just outside of Oxford.

His family homestead was transformed into Tweed Studios by Andrew Ratcliffe sometime later.

Captain Midnight co-founded the legendary Oxford rock band, Cardinal Fluff, in the mid-90s, along with Moon Pie Curtis. He moved to New Orleans but got displaced after Hurricane Katrina, eventually to Nashville.

Jeff Callaway

Jeff Callaway is a legend in Oxford and Starkville, Mississippi music history, playing with every live band ever that ever allowed a trombone player to join in!

Holley Peel

Holley Peel used to play and teach in Oxford a lot back in the day. Now, during this Coronavirus Shutdown, she’s raising her daughter in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Ben Ricketts

Ben Ricketts moved from Oxford to Memphis last year. He was an Oxford staple for many moons, but now he’s married and hunkered down in Tennessee!

Keith Sanders

Keith Sanders was on American Idol while living in Oxford, Mississippi and played all over the town and state. Nowadays he’s living in Austin, Texas.

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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @NewtRayburn

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About the Author

was born and grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, starting in 1971. Newt's many publishing projects led to THE LOCAL VOICE, which started in 2006. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and later, Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE media company in March of 2006. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn has been involved in the Ole Miss area for many years. Newt's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is proud Father of eight-year old daughter Alex.

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