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
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Red Door Theatre Union Springs Alabama

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Midge and Xan
Midge Putnam and Xan Morrow photo by Steve Grauberger
For this week's show Community Arts program manager Deb Boykin interviews Xan Morrow, chairman of the committee for the Red Door Theatre for the Tourism Council of Bullock County and Midge Putnam, executive director of the Tourism Council of Bullock County. The Red Door Theatre, housed in a former Episcopal church, presented Conecuh People, its initial production, in 2004. Morrow and Putnam discuss the theatre’s emergence as a regional tourism destination and a showcase for plays about the South.
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 06, 2014

Alabama Artist, Ethan Sawyer


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Artist and woodworker Ethan Sawyer (left) is pictured here with Chipola Technical Theatre student Aaron Black of Hosford. (click photo for original article.)

In this program Visual Arts Program Manager Elliot Knight interviews Alabama artist Ethan Sawyer about his past work and current exhibit at Kentuck Art Center in Northport, AL.
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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Storyteller Joseph Trimble


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Joseph Trimble Telling a Story to children at Coosada Elementary School Alabama
Joseph Trimble at Coosada Elementary School


Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews storyteller Joseph D. Trimble. Joseph, a 2013 recipient of a Theatre Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, recounts a short tale of many from his repertory about Anansi the Spider, and shares tips to budding storytellers.
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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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Summary of Four Shapenote Books used at the Annual Rotunda Singing in Montgomery Alabama

4 Shapenote books used in Alabama
This program is a rebroadcast of Alabama shapenote music and its history, in preparation for this year's Annual Capitol Rotunda Four-Book Shapenote Singing that will be held February 1st at the Alabama Department of Archives and History off of Union St between Adams and Washington in Montgomery. The singing will start at 9:30 am and end at 3pm. The public is welcome to come and listen or sing. For more information call 334-242-4076, x-225.

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#on

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, January 03, 2014

J. R. "Pap" Baxter

J. R. "Pap" Baxter


This program is a rebroadcast of the 1991 Radiovisions program produced by Russell Gulley and the Big Wills Arts Council. The program features the songs of J. R. "Pap" Baxter and an extended interview by Al Malone, Baxter's nephew about the life and time of this well-known Southern Gospel singer/songwriter and publisher.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Andrew Nelson

This week on Alabama Arts Radio Kevin Nutt, Folklife archivist for the Alabama Department of Archives and History, interviews Birmingham native Andrew Nelson, a doctoral student at the University of Maryland at College Park, about the historic Shackelford collection of glass plate negatives housed at the Birmingham Library. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Kevin Nutt, of CaseQuarter Records


Kevin Nutt at Alabama Dept of Archives and History



This week's program is a rebroadcast of  Steve Grauberger interviewing Kevin Nutt, of CaseQuarter Records talking about his research on early blues recording artist Ed Bell from Greenville, Alabama. His  Tributaries  article on the subject can be obtained at Alabamafolklife.org  Kevin can be heard weekly, online, at WFMU with his radio program Sinners Crossroads.


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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jake Landers



This week, Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jake Landers talks with Community Arts program manager Deb Boykin about his long career as a bluegrass musician and songwriter. Landers discusses his work with fellow bluegrass pioneers Rual Yarbrough, Al Lester, and Herschel Sizemore and recalls touring with Bill Monroe. He describes the songwriting process including the writing of his best-known song, “Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine.”

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Executive Director Joey Brackner interviews Joe Wilson



Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Executive Director Joey Brackner interviews Joe Wilson.  Wilson, a folklorist and journalist, served as the executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) from 1976 to 2004.  In 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Wilson a National Heritage Fellowship for his dedication to the field.  In his career, he has produced 42 large-scale music festivals in 11 states, 21 national tours by musicians and dancers, nine international tours that visited 33 nations, and 131 LP and CD audio recordings of various forms of folk music. In this interview he recollects living in Alabama in the 1960s and some of the interesting people he met along the way.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Julius Pryor III

This week, Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews motivational speaker and Montgomery, Alabama native, Julius Pryor III. Pryor was the keynote speaker at this year's Bill Bates Leadership Conference for Alabama Arts Administrators held at Cheaha State Park.  (more)

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Priscilla Crommelin Ball, and Adria Ferrali, River Region Ballet School and Youth Company


Diana Green interviews Priscilla Crommelin Ball, director of the newly formed River Region Ballet School and Youth Company; and Adria Ferrali, previously a Martha Graham Company dancer and choreographer from Florence, Italy.  Priscilla and Adria are working on a new production about Alabama ghosts, inspired by Kathryn Tucker Windham’s ghost stories. Adria talks about her inspiration and her friendship with Bobby Horton, who has arranged music for the production. This entire collaboration stems from the Cultural Exchange program instigated by the Council during an initial trip to Pietrasanta, Italy in 2008.(more)


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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Shana Berger and Nathan Purath, Co-Directors of the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama

This week Community Arts Program Manager Deborah Boykin interviews Shana Berger and Nathan Purath, Co-Directors of the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Alabama.  They discuss the history of the Center and various artistic projects produced through the years in their artists- in- residence program. This includes the well received Open House Project created by former artist-in-residence, Matthew Mazzotta(more)

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Morgan Drinkard



Morgan Drinkard
Visual Arts program Manager Elliot Knight talks with Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Executive Director Morgan Drinkard.   Drinkard talks about the history of TPCAC, their facilities in downtown Troy, current  programming and partnerships throughout the community. (more)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

David Ivey, Sacred Harp singer

David Ivey

David Ivey

Deborah Boykin interviews David Ivey, a Sacred Harp singer and one of nine recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to the fellowship, he discusses his participation in the Cold Mountain soundtrack, establishingCamp Fa Sol La, and sacred harp singing as a long-standing tradition in his family.  (more)

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Martha Pullen of Huntsville


Heirloom sewing is the subject of this week’s program on Alabama Arts Radio.  Folklorist Anne Kimzey interviews Martha Pullen of Huntsville, an internationally-known sewing teacher, author, publisher and host of public television’s popular show Martha’s Sewing Room(more)

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Jonathan Katz

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Jonathan Katz
This week Executive Director of the Arts Council, Al Head, talks with Jonathan Katz, long-time director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies about issues of national interest and relevance including congressional funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Other topics include the public value of the arts, the impact of the emerging digital revolution on the arts and the current emphasis on arts education. Katz was in Alabama recently speaking at a statewide leadership institute for directors of arts organizations. 

Alabama Bluesman Isaiah "Ike" Zimmerman

Alabama Bluesman Isaiah "Ike" Zimmerman
In June of 2011 a group of relatives came together in Alabama to commemorate a common bond, the late Isaiah "Ike" Zimmerman, an Alabama native originally from Grady. After making his home in Beauregard, Mississippi in the 1930s, he became a mentor to bluesman guitarist Robert Johnson. An accomplished blues guitarist and performer himself, Ike Zimmerman and his wife Ruth took Johnson into their home for over a year where Ike generously taught Johnson, then known as R.L., what he knew about the blues.  In this program Grey Brennan, Marketing Manager at the Alabama Department of Travel and Tourism and Steve Grauberger of ASCA interview two daughters of Ike Zimmerman, Loretha Z. Smith and Nelly Ruth Brown with their sons James Smith and Oscar Brown, to try and find more information about this interesting Alabamian and his relationship to Robert Johnson.

Legendary Louvin Brothers of Sand Mountain

This program is a broadcast of a 1989 Radiovisions production. It features Russell Gulley Executive Director of the Big Wills Arts Council interviewing Charlie Louvin of the legendary Louvin Brothers of Sand Mountain. The program includes a narrative history of the Louvins as well as various recordings made by them. Russell Gulley and the Big Wills Arts Council of Ft. Payne Alabama produced the Radiovisions series that were released originally on cassette tape.

Alabama Blues Project Summer Camp

Alabama Blues Project Summer Camp
This week Summer Upchurch interviews Alabama Blues Project Program Director Cara Lynn Teague and musician Bruce Andrewsabout the Alabama Blues Project's annual summer blues camp.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Performing Arts/Dance Fellowship RecipientSudha Raghuram

Sudha Raghuram

Sudha Raghuram with a student

This week Summer Upchurch interviews Performing Arts/Dance Fellowship Recipient Sudha Raghuram, a performer and teacher of Bharatanatyam the most ancient of all classical dance forms of India. The main features of Bharatanatyam are "Abhinaya" (expression), "Rasa" (emotion), and "Mudras" (hand gestures).  Sudha talks about how she learned to dance in India as a child, her performances, aspects of costuming, and techniques of instruction for her students in Montgomery.



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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jessica Peterson proprietor of theSouthern Letterpress



This week on Alabama Arts radio, Visual Arts program Manager Elliot Knight talks with Jessica Peterson. Jessica is the proprietor of theSouthern Letterpress shop in downtown Northport and is recipient of a 2014 ASCA Visual Arts Fellowship. Listen to Jessica talk about the process of letterpress printing, her own creative philosophy, and what projects she will be working on over the next year. 


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chloe Collins, the Executive Director of the Sidewalk Film Festival



This week, Summer Upchurch talks with Chloe Collins, the Executive Director of the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Al and a recent ASCA fellowship recipient. Chloe talks about the process of producing the Sidewalk Film Festival every year and what it means for the Birmingham community as well as the independent film industry.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mark Leputa ASCA Fellowship recipient

This week on Alabama Arts Radio, Visual Arts Program Manager Elliot Knight talks with hot glass artist Mark Leputa.  Mark works at Orbix Hot Glass in Little River Canyon and is a 2013 ASCA Fellowship recipient.  Mark discusses how he got started working with glass, his recent solo exhibition in the Netherlands and talks about his artistic inspirations and process.  Learn more about mark and view his art at www.markleupta.com

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Craig Wedderspoon

Summer Upchurch, an ASCA intern, interviews Craig Wedderspoon, a 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient, in his studio in Tuscaloosa about his philosophies on teaching and art-making. Craig is an Associate Professor of Sculpture and 3D Design at the University of Alabama. His large metal and wooden installations are featured in Woods Quad at the UA Campus, and he is frequently commissioned to design permanent outdoor installations in locations around the United States. His upcoming exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art will begin on December 15th.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

ASCA Music Fellowship Recipient Kristi Tingle Higginbotham

Yvette Jones-Smedley interviews 2013 ASCA Music Fellowship Recipient Kristi Tingle Higginbotham.  Kristi, who has a distinguished stage career in Birmingham and is a frequent soloist with symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, shares some age old wisdom for having longevity as a vocal artist in the Millennial Generation of Music.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch, member of the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame and IBMA award-winning vocalist, talks with Deborah Boykin about her experiences as a bluegrass singer, songwriter and bandleader. The program features songs from her most recent project, Dear Sister. The title song, which Lynch co-wrote with Louise Branscomb, is based on acollection of letters from a Confederate soldier to his sister in Alabama. (more)

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Chantel Acevedo

Anne Kimzey interviews author Chantel Acevedo, recipient of a 2013 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.  During the program Ms. Acevedo reads from her recent work and discusses the influence of her Cuban-American heritage on her writing.  Acevedo is a professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University.  Her book Love and Ghost Letters won the 2006 Latino International Book Award for Best Historical Fiction. (more)

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Quinton Cockrell

This program is a rebroadcast of Yvette Jones-Smedley, Performing Arts Program Manager, interviewing Quinton Cockrell, ASCA’s 2006-2007 Theatre Fellowship recipient. Discussed are his plans to develop new works for the American stage and about his career as a professional actor in New York and in regional theatres across the country.  (more)

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Bob Sain and Daryn Glassbrook

This week on Alabama Arts Radio, Visual Arts Program Manager Elliot Knight talks with Bob Sain and Daryn Glassbrook of the Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile. The Centre for the Living Arts recently unveiled the Futures Project, which features new artwork from a variety of international artists, as well as community programming throughout the Mobile area.  The Futures Project is on display at Space 301 through January 2014. (more)

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Braxton Schuffert, Original Drifting Cowboy

Braxton Schuffert
Alabama musician Braxton Schuffert, a country singer and songwriter who was one of Hank Williams’s original Drifting Cowboys, died on April 26 at the age of 97. This program is a rebroadcast of his 2011 interview with folkorist Deborah Boykin.  Mr. Schuffert talks about his early life, his experience performing on WSFA radio and his long friendship with Williams, which began when Schuffert made a delivery to the boarding house run by Hank's mother. He also describes the experience of co-writing a song with Williams and talks about his own compositions.