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Published on April 20th, 2020 | by Newt Rayburn


CHECK IT OUT #9: Oxford, Mississippi Musicians are sharing really cool Live Music Videos during the CoronaVirus Shutdown

This article is the ninth 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 Eric Deaton & Nate Robbins, Bill Perry Jr., Moon Pie Curtis, Mark Yacovone, Damein Wash, Tyler Keith, and Will Griffith.

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, Check It Out #7, and Check It Out #8.

Eric Deaton & Nate Robbins

Eric Deaton has been playing around Oxford decades. I think the first time I saw him play was 1997. He’s originally from North Carolina but he definitely carries the Hill Country Blues torch worldwide. Nate Robbins is his bass player and he also plays in the band Rocket 88. The sound volume is pretty low on this video, so turn it up and enjoy some local blues!

Bill Perry, Jr.

Bill Perry is getting super creative now with this multi-tracked song where he features many of his characters he has created over the years. This hip hop video is dadgum terrific! (Side note to Bill: Do you think you can get your Dad to do a live video?!)

Moon Pie Curtis

Moon Pie Curtis is the stage name for Oxford musician, attorney, and Dean of Roxford University, Tad Wilkes. He was a founder of the 1990s local rock band Cardinal Fluff alongside Captain Midnight, who was featured in “Check It Out #7“. Here he is at home on Easter singing an original tune, “When I See You Again.”

Mark Yacovone

The amazing Mark Yacovone is back, live and online with the original social distancing instrument… a killer red and black accordion! Mark is in the Thacker Mountian Radio house band, The Yalobushwakers, and he was also featured in “Check it Out #3“.

Damein Wash

I’ve been counting how many days we’ve been in this coronavirus shutdown based upon Damein Wash‘s classic piano pieces. He posts one a day. Here is number 35 (!!!), “Präludium” by Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer (1650-1746).

Tyler Keith

Tyler Keith has a new record coming out on Black & Wyatt Records (I think it’s a Memphis record label). You can preorder it on Tyler’s Bandcamp website: https://tylerkeith1.bandcamp.com Tyler played this live show from his living room on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Will Griffith & The Great Dying

Fun fact: Will Griffith plays Country Music but he has a really great Sonic Youth tattoo. Here is a full hour long performance from his house to yours. Press the play button and enjoy some live local music while you piddle around your pad.

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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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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