The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative and the New Visions Media Project

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This week the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Facebook page posted a video that caught our attention–and led us to learn more about The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative and…

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Contexts: Crooked Roads, Quilts and Meth

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From considering Gabriel García Márquez’s imagined Macondo to the confluences of Christo and federal land-use, we turn today in our Contexts series to one of the most valuable…

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Contexts: Flooding, Farms and Modern Art

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sketch by Christo; New York Times These three articles may be useful to consider together. Nature and agriculture, rural place and man-made artifice comingle here; combined, there’s an…

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In the Field With Mark Linkous And Sparklehorse

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It’s been over a year since Mark Linkous passed away; his perspective is still an inspiration and a foundational example for many young artists who are rooted in…

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Brother Claude Ely

Friday, May 6, 2011

selection from the cover of Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely Last night NPR’s All Things Considered featured a Radio Diary with Macel…

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John Dee Holman

Monday, April 25, 2011

photograph by kinsley1 I recently discussed Blues Houseparty, a gathering of Piedmont blues musicians documented on film by Eleanor Ellis and available streaming on the web at Folkstreams….

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The Legend Of Cas Walker

Monday, April 11, 2011

This is the photograph that originally appeared in LIFE magazine. I recently received an email and suggestion from Chuck Shuford, a writer and arts commentator for The Daily…

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The Last of the Pagan Babies

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Robert Morgan Seated in Front of Altar; Guy Mendes. From Institute 193.   Today we’d like to share some information about a forthcoming film by writer and documentary…

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The Campus Folk Scene, Then and Now

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yesterday The Southern Folklife Collection posted a Facebook link to a wonderful resource: the University of Illinois Campus Folksong Club Oral History Project. Here’s folklorist Tracie Wilson’s introduction…

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Abner Jay: "I’m So Depressed" & "Cocaine Blues"

Monday, February 28, 2011

selection from the cover of Mississippi Records’ recent Abner Jay release Folk music is high class music–of course a lot of low class people singin’ it. Matter of…

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