Change is inevitable, and sometimes it is necessary, or even good. When I started THE FRONTLINE in 2008 as a blog, it was an outgrowth of a hip-hop column of the same name that ran in several magazines, including Rap Sheet, Down and Murder Dog. But over the last eleven years, the blog has morphed into more of a Southeastern culture and lifestyle blog. Articles about rap groups have given way to articles about New Orleans brass bands, Mardi Gras Indian tribes, Black fife and drum bands in Mississippi, Hill Country blues, and the occasional restaurant review. The name THE FRONTLINE really does not fit what the blog has become. So, in the next month or so, THE FRONTLINE will be transitioning to THE DELTA REVIEW. The new name is not only more consistent with what is in the blog, but it also celebrates the forward-thinking magazine of that name that existed from 1966 to 1969, first in Greenville, Mississippi and then in Memphis, Tennessee. Nothing much will change other than the name and the web address. We hope you will stay with us on this journey.
At some point in March, The Frontline Music.com went down, and I didn’t even know it. I was working 14-hour days at my new job out at the Memphis airport, and I wasn’t even aware that my blog domain had expired. Worse, when I did become aware of it, it was too late to renew the domain. So I ended up having to repurchase the domain from someone who acquired it after it went back to the registry, and then wait for the transfer to complete. Finally, as of today, The Frontline Music.com is back up and running. I apologize for the delay, and hope you will check back often for running coverage of the culture, food, music and lifestyle of the post-modern South.