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ABOUT THE OXFORD AMERICAN

The Oxford American was founded in Oxford, Mississippi, in 1992, with a vision that still guides us today: the South—a region so productive of great literature, art, and music—deserves a great literary magazine. Since its founding, the magazine has published a remarkable number of distinguished writers and artists and has won three National Magazine Awards. The Oxford American has been based in central Arkansas since 2002. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to the many readers who backed our Texas music issue on Kickstarter. Now that our campaign is finished, please visit oxfordamerican.org to subscribe to the magazine, donate to the OA, or contact the staff. The Texas music issue will be on newsstands nationwide in December of 2014. It will be for sale on our website until it sells out. You can also stay in touch with the OA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or by signing up to receive our e-newsletter.

ABOUT THE MUSIC ISSUE 

The Oxford American is best known for its annual music issue, which includes a gorgeously produced compact disc of songs selected by our editors. As critic Dwight Garner wrote in the New York Times, “These CDs practically belong in the Smithsonian.” Since 2009, the OA's music issues have focused on a different Southern state each year, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. This year, we are thrilled to turn our attention to the astonishing musical legacy of Texas.

WHAT’S WITH THE KICKSTARTER? (WHY DO YOU NEED MY MONEY NOW?) 

Compiling the OA's annual music issue is a labor of love, but the costs of licensing, producing, and manufacturing a compact disc—on top of the already considerable costs of publishing our beautifully designed print edition—have become increasingly difficult for the magazine to bear. In the past, the OA has relied on major underwriters to help cover these expenses. This year, we’re asking our readers and listeners to take ownership of this project. We hope you will become the primary stakeholders of the Oxford American's Texas music issue. 

WHY TEXAS? 

Texas is without doubt one of the South’s (and the world’s) great musical incubators. The Lone Star state is the home of Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Lightin’ Hopkins, Leadbelly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ornette Coleman, Buddy Holly, Gene Autry, and Bob Wills—not to mention Janis Joplin, Doug Sahm, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. And let’s not forget Charlie Sexton, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Freddy Fender, Tish Hinojosa, and Carmen y Laura; Duke Records and Ideal Records and Arhoolie Records; the Butthole Surfers and Ray Price; Lou Ann Barton and Nanci Griffith and Brave Combo and Jerry Jeff Walker and Joe Ely. And we’re just getting started.

WHAT WE’LL DO WITH YOUR CONTRIBUTION 

Our goal of $25,000 will ensure that we’re able to continue our tradition of including a compact disc with the music issue, and it will go a long way toward helping us commission the best music writers and license the gorgeous artwork you love to see in our pages. 

DISTRIBUTION 

The Texas Music Issue will be available on newsstands nationwide (and for sale on OxfordAmerican.org) on December 1, 2014. 

Rewards will be distributed beginning December 2014. 

WHO'S RUNNING THIS THING?

Roger D. Hodge, a native of Del Rio, Texas, has been the editor of the Oxford American since 2012. He is the author of The Mendacity of Hope, and his essays have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, Men’s Journal, and Harper’s, where he was formerly editor-in-chief. He is currently writing a book about life in the West Texas borderlands. 

Rick Clark is the music editor of the Oxford American. He also works as a music supervisor for television and film, and his credits include Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, and Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. He has produced projects by Los Super Seven and Death Cab For Cutie, among others. Rick lives in Columbia, Tennessee.

THANK YOU!

Special thanks to Graywolf Press; Random House; The Field Office; Scribner; and Grove Atlantic for sponsoring five of our pledge levels. 

Risks and challenges

The Texas Music Issue will be our sixteenth annual music issue . . . so even though this is a complicated project, it’s not our first rodeo; we know all about song licensing and CD mastering (not to mention the work that goes into editing and producing a magazine). The team at the helm of this project is the same crew that brought you last year’s Tennessee music issue.

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    A buck for luck! Support the Texas Music Issue with $1 and we'll acknowledge you as a backer on our website.

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    Receive a limited edition Oxford American thank you postcard! Plus our heartfelt online thanks.

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    Receive an annual subscription to the Oxford American, including a copy of the Texas Music issue and compact disc, as well as a printed thank you postcard. We'll list your name on our website as a backer.

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    Help us reach our stretch goal! If you pledge $50 (or increase your pledge to $50), you’ll receive a gift subscription to the Oxford American in addition to your own annual subscription and a printed thank you card. Both subscriptions will start with the Texas Music Issue. We'll list your name on our website as a backer. To increase your pledge, click the blue “Manage Your Pledge” box on our Kickstarter project’s home page.

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    A one-year subscription to the OA, beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, plus an exclusive 8 x 15 Music Issue cover poster. And you'll appear as a donor on our website and in the magazine.

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    An original Texas Music t-shirt, a one-year subscription to the Oxford American, beginning with the Texas music issue and CD. Your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine and online, and you'll receive the original OA postcard.

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    For international backers! Receive an exclusive 8 x 15 Music Issue cover poster, a one-year subscription to the Oxford American, beginning with the Texas music issue and CD. Your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine and online, and you'll receive the original OA postcard.

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    Receive the first ever Oxford American vinyl album. Singer-songwriter & Texas icon Ray Wylie Hubbard and OA music editor Rick Clark are making their “Love Letter to Texas” on this hand-numbered, 12” 180-gram vinyl LP. This is a one-time LIMITED RUN OF 500; when they're gone, they're gone! The album includes a stellar mix of Texas artists picked by Rick and Ray. At this level, you’ll also receive a subscription to the OA (beginning with the Texas music issue and CD), and we’ll list your name on a donor’s list in the magazine and online.

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    For international backers! Receive an original Texas Music t-shirt and a one-year subscription to the Oxford American, beginning with the Texas music issue and CD. (Both the t-shirt and subscription can be shipped to an address anywhere in the world.) Your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine and online, and you'll receive the original OA postcard.

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    A copy of THE EMPATHY EXAMS by OA contributing editor Leslie Jamison, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine.

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    A copy of A FEW SECONDS OF RADIANT FILMSTRIP by OA contributing editor Kevin Brockmeier, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine.

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    A copy of RENDER / AN APOCALYPSE by OA poetry editor Rebecca Gayle Howell, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine.

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    A copy of PULPHEAD by longtime OA contributor John Jeremiah Sullivan, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and you'll appear as a donor’s list in the magazine.

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    A copy of DO NOT SELL AT ANY PRICE by OA contributing editor Amanda Petrusich, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and you'll appear as a donor’s list in the magazine.

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    A copy of I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE by OA contributing editor Jamie Quatro, personally inscribed by the author. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and you'll appear as a donor’s list in the magazine.

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    A collection of the Oxford American's state-by-state Southern music series, several of which are in very limited supply. These 5 Music Issues and CD compilations feature tunes from Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

    You'll also get a one-year subscription to the Oxford American, beginning with the Texas Music issue and CD. Your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine and on our website, plus you'll receive the original OA postcard.

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    Receive the OA editors' selection of 33 titles from Bloomsbury's iconic 33 1/3 music writing book series. Plus a one-year subscription to the OA beginning with the Texas music issue and CD, a thank you postcard, and you'll appear as a donor on our website and in the magazine. Special thanks to Bloomsbury for sponsoring this level.

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    Receive four VIP passes to all the Oxford American's Texas music events in 2015 (dates and locations TBA). You'll also receive a subscription to the Oxford American along with a copy of the Texas Music issue and CD, plus the 5 previous music issues and CDs. Your name will appear on a donor's list in the magazine and online, and you'll get the original OA postcard.

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