April’s Featured Year of the Rural Arts Event: ArtFields Lake City, South Carolina

Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Savannah Barrett In its second year, ArtFields is a unique Arts Competition and Celebration held in Lake City, South Carolina, a rural agricultural hub once renowned for the…

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On the Road to Kingdom Come: The Higher Ground Project

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the Road to Kingdom Come: The Higher Ground Project By Savannah Barrett There’s an imagery associated with places like Harlan County, Kentucky. Deep in the Southeast corner…

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Duck Dynasty and Rural Civil Religion: A Report from an Iowa Farm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Kenyon Gradert News broke of Phil Robertson’s remarks a few days before my wife and I left for my parents’ Iowa farm. Both of us teachers, we…

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Toward a Theater of Liberation: Dudley Cocke on the Free Southern Theater’s 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director of Roadside Theater, has recently published online “Toward a Theater of Liberation,” his reflections on the legacy of the Free Southern Theater — whose 50th…

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Notes From The Field: “Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard” and the Don Wahle Collection

Monday, December 10, 2012

By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor The interesting part about any ethnographic study is putting the pieces together, stepping in and out of a…

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We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi Juke Joint Traditions

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Red Paden at home in Red’s Lounge; Lou Bopp This month will see the release of a new documentary from Jeff Konkel of Broke and Hungry Records and…

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New Work From Places: Rural Studio, Cotton Farmers, The Sound of Music, And Our Natural Space

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bloom, 2010; Michael Lundgren  One of the most valuable resources for considering how the arts intersect with and enliven the rural-urban exchange can be found in Places, “an…

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In Brief: Regional Relationships

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Two aspects of A Map Without Boundaries; Regional Relationships Today we will introduce some work that we will be covering in greater detail soon: the Regional Relationships project….

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Rural Tracks: Early December

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Harry Smith’s Celestial Monochord Today we begin a new series on Art of the Rural that seeks to serve as a resource for the wide range of music…

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Poor Moon, Rich Harvest

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MC Taylor and his son; Paradise of Bachelors Earlier this month, Hiss Golden Messenger released their fourth record: Poor Moon. It’s a meditative and beguiling collection of songs…

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