David Lee, Carolina Soul & The Paradise of Bachelors Record Label

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

David Lee with the Washington Sound record shop sign, in front of his storage trailer;   Paradise of Bachelors [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines,…

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Abner Jay: The Last Southern Black Minstrel Show

Friday, March 9, 2012

Abner Jay, April 8, 1982, San Jose Flea Market; selection of a photo by Jon Sievert [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like…

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The Legend of Cas Walker

Monday, March 5, 2012

 The Cas Walker Knoxville city council fist-fight; LIFE Magazine [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a retrospective…

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Bessie Harvey And Her Tennessee Roots

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Untitled (Cobra).  23 1/2 x 18 x 19″ paint on wood with beads [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines over the second half of February,…

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Two For Mardi Gras

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Zulu Parade 2010 King Jimmie L Felder; Eliot Kamenitz, Times Picayune Here’s two videos with a bit of Mardi Gras spirit. First, from the Alan Lomax Archive Channel,…

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Rural Poetry Series: C.D. Wright

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I’m country but sophisticated. I’m particular and concrete, but I’m probing another plane. . . . There are many times when I want to hammer the head. Other…

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Saturday Song: R.L. Burnside At The Juke Joint

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Here’s legendary Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside performing “Dust My Broom” at Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint. We found this footage, from the early 1990’s, via the excellent Deep Blues…

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Walking and Singing With Martin Luther King

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King joining The March Against Fear, 1966 The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort…

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Weekend Song: Napolian Strickland

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Napolian Strickland on fife, R.L. Boyce on snare drum, Othar Turner dancing; Blues Unlimited Yesterday the Alan Lomax Archive Channel offered an update with a distinctive video of…

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Where We’ve Been: Under The Poor Moon

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Folks, your humble editor has been working hard over the last few days to take care of a number of responsibilities that, in their own way, are related…

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