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Published on April 17th, 2020 | by Newt Rayburn


CHECK IT OUT #8: Oxford, Mississippi Musicians are sharing really cool Live Music Videos during the CoronaVirus Shutdown

This article is the eighth 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.

Today we are featuring local musicians Jimbo Mathus, Rosamond & Jamie Posey, Damien Wash & Makk McLeod, Daniel Roebuck, Silas Reed, and Tate Moore.

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, Check It Out #6, and Check It Out #7.

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus is a world renowned musician. He grew up in Corinth, Mississippi, but made a name for himself in the 1990s with the 1920s retro band, Squirrel Nut Zippers. Sometime back, he moved to Taylor, Mississippi and set up shop in a cabin. Ah, who am I kidding… y’all already know this! And if you don’t, please enjoy this wonderful concert by the amazing Jimbo Mathus.

Rosamond & Jamie Posey

The Poseys are famously the couple and driving force behind Oxford’s long running Americana Rocknroll band, Rocket 88. Here they are giving a beautiful performance for Easter, direct from their house to yours!

Damein Wash & Makk McLeod

All of Damein‘s videos up to now have been solo classical piano pieces. But after 29 videos, he has expanded to include a collaboration with Makk McLeod. Damein’s voice is absolutely beautiful and you’ll love this song for Easter, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”.

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck has been posting some really great concerts lately!

Before this Coronavirus Shutdown, I wasn’t familiar with him. Now, I have to say, he is a favorite to watch and listen to, as I piddle around my house these days. This video is great if you have children, too.

Silas Reed

Let’s face it: Silas Reed lights up a room as soon as he starts to play. The Coronavirus Shutdown can’t stop him!

Tate Moore

Tate Moore is clearly one of the most proficient musicians in Oxford. He streams often to Facebook and every video is a joy to watch. I’m sure he’d rather his business Square Pizza be open at the moment, but he’s definitely making the most of the situation.

Damein Wash

I’ve got to include another Damein Wash video, just because he’s doing something so different than anyone else. This is another German piano song, most likely from the mid-1800s but not published until 1924. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Damein).

Thank you for reading and listening. Please send me your feedback.

Let me know about local musicians that I might have missed who are posting live to the internet! 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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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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