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the delta review


The original Delta Review was founded in 1963 by William King Self of Marks, Mississippi as a print magazine. Billed “The Magazine To Keep,” it documented the literature and ways of the Mississippi Delta, with editorial offices in Greenville, Mississippi until about 1966 or 1967 and then in Memphis until its publication end in 1969. Often “too hip for the room,” the Delta Review struggled in Memphis, particularly after the Memphis Chamber of Commerce decided to launch Memphis Magazine. In 2019, the Frontline Music blog was rebranded as The Delta Review, both in tribute to the magazine that William King Self started, and also to better fit the Southeastern culture and lifestyle focus which the blog had become.

My name is John M. Shaw, and I am an ethnomusicologist, blogger, writer, photographer and musician. My interests center around Black culture and folklore, especially the musics of the African Diaspora. The Delta Review has much to do with music, but also travel, food and coffee. I hope that you will find these pages rewarding. The Delta Review is always a work in progress, and older posts may have broken links due to changes in hosting and storage. These are slowly being edited and relinked. Those who wish to contact me can do so at


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