Her Father's Music: A Redemption in Blues

Dec 12, 2016

The author, Zandria Robinson, in cap and gown at her graduation in 2011 with her father, daughter and mother.
Credit Zandria Robinson

Zandria Robinson's father was a "complicated country contradiction." She loved his kindness, suffered his sins, and tried hard to understand what made him the man he became. In some ways, his favorite music was the ultimate guide to his soul. Robinson is a native Memphian and a professor at Rhodes College. Her story, "Listening for the Country," is excerpted from Oxford American magazine's latest music issue, now in bookstores.