Thursday, July 03, 2014

Chris Holmes and Joey Brackner about their television project called Journey Proud.

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In this program Steve Grauberger talks with Alabama Public Television (APT) Executive Producer Chris Holmes and Alabama Center for Traditonal Culture Director Joey Brackner about their television project called Journey Proud. The second season of Journey Proud on APT will air in the fall.  Chris and Joey talk about their program and elements of production in this unique project that features Folklorist Joey Brackner in pursuit of interesting folk culture in Alabama.

Chris Holmes with camera
Chris Holmes at the Alabama School of Gospel Music, Boaz, AL.




Joey Brackner
Joey Brackner in Argo, AL.

















Watch an episode of Journey Proud click here.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Karen Singer Jabbour and Alan Jabbour talk about Decoration Day in the South

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Karen Singer Jabbour and Alan Jabbour


Photo by Philip E. Coyle

This week's program is a rebroadcast of  Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Director Joey Brackner interviewing Alan and Karen Jabbour about their book published in 2010, Decoration Day in the Mountains: Traditions of Cemetery Decorations in the Southern Appalachians.

Watch the Jabbour's Decoration Day presentation at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in 2013 below or click this link if it does not show up on your browser.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Community Arts program manager Deb Boykin

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Anne Kimzey and Deb Boykin in Selma
Anne Kimzey and Deb Boykin in Selma

Folklorist Anne Kimzey talks with program manager Deb Boykin, who discusses her work with ASCA's Community Arts program and her experiences with the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Black Belt Folk Roots Festival in Eutaw, Alabama

When Joey Brackner visited the Black Belt Folk Roots Festival in Eutaw, Alabama he talked to festival organizers, craft artists and a Fayette County step group that performed at the event. This re-aired progam is to help promote the 2014 festival to be held Aug 23-24 on the Old Courthouse Square in Eutaw, Alabama.


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Gil Anthony and Dr Jeneve Brooks and the Wiregrass Blues Festival in Dothan Alabama

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Gil Anthony and Dr Jeneve Brooks at the Wiregrass Blues Fest Dothan

In this program Steve Grauberger interviews Gil Anthony and Dr. Jeneve Brooks about the annual Wiregrass Blues Fest held in Dothan, Alabama.
Gil Anthony is a well know local blues promoter and radio personality, located in Enterprise, Alabama, who produces a weekly Blues Power program airing on WWNT radio in Dothan.

Dr. Jeneve Brooks is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Troy University, Dothan campus.

Together with the Wiregrass Blues Society they are essential to the continuation of the Wiregrass Blues Fest that just finished its 3rd annual event on May 3rd, 2014.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Birmingham native Randall Horton talks with Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum

Poet Randall Horton
Randall Horton

This week Birmingham native Randall Horton talks with Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum about his week-long residency in Alabama that included visits to schools in Birmingham and Montgomery, and a featured appearance at the Alabama Book Festival in April. Horton’s visit was supported in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. An award-winning poet, educator, editor, and organizer of literary events in Connecticut where he teaches at the University of New Haven,  Horton has published three collections of poems, the most recent of which is Pitch Dark Anarchy. He and Thompson discuss the current interest in historical poetry, his appreciation of working with youth in traditional and incarcerated settings such as the Forum’s Writing Our Stories program which he visited during his residency, and matching audiences and poets in successful literary events.  Horton reads two selections from his latest book.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Deb Boykin interviews Dick Cooper, curator at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Dick Cooper with his dog
This week Dick Cooper, curator at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, talks with Community Arts program manager Deb Boykin about the 2014 class of inductees, the history of the Hall of Fame, and the artifacts on display there. A journalist, photographer, and respected member of the Muscle Shoals music community, Cooper discusses Alabama musicians who were seminal figures in genres including country, soul, rhythm and blues, rockabilly, jazz, and rock as well as the state’s newer artists who continue to influence popular music.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Executive Director Al Head interviews Geoffrey Sherman, Producing Artistic Director for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Al Head and Geoffrey Sherman
This week Executive Director Al Head interviews Geoffrey Sherman, Producing Artistic Director for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, about the current productionTimmon of Athens in performance until May 24th. This special translation by Kenneth Cavender written in contemporary English voice was originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and funded by the Hitz Foundation is receiving its world premiere at ASF.

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Anne Kimzey interviews Dr. Elliot Knight, Visual Arts Program Manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts

Elliot KnightThis week Anne Kimzey interviews Dr. Elliot Knight, Visual Arts Program Manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Director of the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery. They discuss his work prior to joining the council staff, including The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project, and his current responsibilities at ASCA and grant opportunities through the Council for visual arts organizations and artists in Alabama.







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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Southern Makers event to be held at the Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery Alabama




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southern makers imageThis week on Alabama Arts Radio Series visual arts program manager Elliot Knight interviews Andrea Jean of Goodwin, Mills, and Cawood and film maker Tyler Jones of 1504 Pictures about the upcoming Southern Makers event to be held at the Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery Alabama on May 3rd, 2014.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
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David Hood, bass player and original member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section


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This week David Hood, bass player and original member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers, talks with Community Arts Program manager Deb Boykin. He recalls his early years as a musician and his work as a session player at FAME. Hood also describes the recording process at the Muscle Shoal Sounds Studio and talks about what it was like to work with the wide range of musicians who recorded there.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Jeanie Thompson - 2014 Alabama Book Festival


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Jeanie Thompson - 2014 Alabama Book Festival
bookfestival camper iconThis week Anne Kimzey interviews Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, about the 9th annual Alabama Book Festival to be held Saturday, April 19th in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. 

Jeanie will give a preview of the more than 50 authors appearing at the Book Festival plus special features such as the poetry tent and children’s area, as well as outreach activities for students and teachers.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fiddler and Instrument Maker, William “Gene” Ivey of Ider

William Eugene Ivey

Gene Ivey Teaching photo by Mark Gooch
Photo Courtesy of Mark Gooch

This program is a rebroadcast, originally aired in 2008. Fiddler William “Gene” Ivey of Ider died march 16th of 2014. He was a good friend to the State Arts Council, a master fiddler and instrument maker who was devoted to teaching his music to young people and keeping the old-time stringband music of Sand Mountain alive for future generations. In this program Folklorist Anne Kimzey talks to Mr. Ivey and his apprentice Joseph Coleman about playing music and making handcrafted fiddles at Ivey’s workshop in Ider.


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Jimmy Johnson, one of the original Muscle Shoals Swampers

Jimmy Johnson
This week, Jimmy Johnson, one of the original Swampers, talks with Deborah Boykin about his work in Muscle Shoals music. He recalls the early days of the recording industry in the Shoals, describes the Swampers’s approach to recording and talks about working with artists ranging from Percy Sledge to Aretha Franklin, to Paul Simon.




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Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient Jess Marie Walker

Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient Jess Marie Walker

This program is a repeat of a 2012 show with ASCA intern Summer Upchurch interviewing Individual Fellowship Recipient Jess Marie Walker about her life as an artist and an educator. Inspired by nature, music, and the art of public installation pieces, Jess Marie's background varies as much as her interests. Her work is highly collaborative and has been brought to fruition by HoWaYaDa, an artist collective, and by Pretty Much Collective. Her pieces range from a large-scale collaborative and interactive musical piece (where artists play kettles, rocks, and whatever is on-hand) to a smaller-scale collaborative piece celebrating the beauty of line-drawing and mountains. Her experiments with sound, form, and public exposure have been hosted in museums in Birmingham, Minneapolis, Long Island, Brooklyn, and Fairhope, among others. She currently lives in Montevallo with her youngest son.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Darren Butler, director of Time Out for Theater

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Darren Butler

This week Community Arts Program manager Deb Boykin interviews Darren Butler, director of Time Out for Theater. This program, developed by the Tennessee Valley Art Association, introduces elementary students in area schools to live theater through performances at the Ritz, an art deco movie house that has been converted to a performance venue.

  Mary Settle Cooney

In the second half of the program, TVAA director Mary Settle Cooney discusses the organization’s commitment to bringing theater to the Shoals area.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Weston Stewart 2011 National Bluegrass Banjo Champ from Alabama

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Weston Stewart
weston stewart
This week Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews banjo champion Weston Stewart. Weston, an Alabama native from Anderson, Alabama, holds 14 state titles on banjo, as well as the 2011 National Bluegrass Banjo Title. In 2013, he was the Tennessee state champion on both banjo and dobro. Stewart is a master artist with the State Arts Council’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program and is passing on his musical knowledge to students in North Alabama.

Weston Stewart on Cooper and Company
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  
  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix   City) 
This radio series may not be broadcast in your area, but it can be accessed via the Internet at: http://www.arts.alabama.gov/actc/radioserieslist.aspx
If you have been listening to, and enjoying this radio series, please send your comments to: barbara.reed@arts.alabama.gov
Listen first hand using the link below.

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