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Periodical Numerical

The Country Issue

Saddle up for the sixth issue of Numero’s annual magazine: Periodical Numerical. This 92-page, perfect-bound country music celebration examines a wide array of Cash clones, Dolly doubles, and Nudie knock-offs.

We begin with five women and their Arkansas roots; Mona Lunsford, Judy Brackin, Katy Cricket, Country Girl Kay, and Fern Jones all wound their way in and out of the Toothpick State in the 1960s. Nicole Lane dives into Dot Records’ head of A&R and pop-country superstar Bonnie Guitar. Everything you wanted to know about Elizabeth Horton’s Reena Records are covered in Jason Woodbury’s illuminating essay about Joyce Street and Erin Osmon’s profile of Palomino Club favorite Don McGinnis. Osmon and Woodbury also go deep on Arizona underdogs Alvie Self and Sanford Clark and Phoenix’s Audio Recorders studio. Label surveys of Tommy Allsup’s AOK/ Westex concerns, Jim Aguire’s Pamela, Wayne Raney’s Rimrock, Don Bennet’s Don Ray, and Les Kangas’ Kangaroo will have you adding 45s to your Discogs wantlist in no time. You like your country with a hint of Hawaiian lap steel and a dollop of God? Look no further than Ryan Boyle’s Gospel Hawaiianaires manuscript that we’ve been threatening to publish since including Bill and Jean Bradway on 2018’s Technicolor Paradise compilation. Finally we revisit a couple favorites from our 2016 country rock survey Cosmic American Music; Kathy Heideman speaks! Jeff Cowell embarasses himself at a 1975 Grammy party in Chicago! And of course we’ve got a handy listening guide in the back—no need to take notes.

Printed in an edition of 2000 copies, Periodical Numerical’s sixth issue is the only magazine you need on your coffee table this fall.