By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – The best music Oxford has to offer is coming to a television set near you.
This weekend marks the premiere of “Oxford Sounds,” an “Austin City Limits”-like program that celebrates the music that comes from and through the college town.
“I go around Oxford and talk to folks visiting and I say, ‘Do you know that pretty much on a daily basis you pass a recording studio where people from Sony Records and New York City record?’ and they go, ‘No,’” said Marie Antoon, who’s heading up the series. “And the talent is pretty amazing.”
The city’s location, diverse music scene and many venues and studios made Oxford the perfect choice.
Almost all of the episodes were filmed in and around Oxford in music studios.
The 90-minute pilot features Blue Mountain and Jimbo Mathus. Because it’ll air during a donation drive time, there are special Mathus and Blue Mountain-related gifts for those who donate at certain levels.
“It’s not only a good way to support the artist, but to support public television and public radio,” Antoon said.
Jim Dees hosts the pilot, which includes five songs from each artist, as well as a conversation between Mathus and Blue Mountain’s Cary Hudson.
Each episode will be similar, featuring several songs from an artist and an interview.
Artists who will be featured in upcoming episodes include the late Duff Dorrough, American Aquarium, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Truth & Salvage Co. and Young Buffalo.
The project is part of the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
Almost all of the film crew was made up of students, Antoon said.
CATCH “OXFORD SOUNDS” on MPB at 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 p.m. June 8 and 12:30 a.m. June 10. Learn more about it at oxfordsounds.com.