Friday, March 27, 2015

Encyclopedia of Alabama

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In this program Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Director Joey Brackner talks to Christopher Maloney and Claire Willson, content editors for the web based Encyclopedia of Alabama.
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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

William Cobb, recipient of the 2007 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer

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William Cobb
This is a repeat of a 2009 program with Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers' Forum, interviewing William Cobb, recipient of the 2007 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer. Thompson and Cobb discuss his novels and plays, and his book The Hermit King (from Livingston Press).
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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pianist John Davis talks with Community Arts program manager Deborah Boykin about his interest in the music of Blind Tom

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This week, pianist John Davis talks with Community Arts program manager Deborah Boykin about his interest in the music of Blind Tom, a 19th Century composer who was born a slave in Columbus, Georgia and who went on to tour the country playing his compositions in opera houses, concert halls, and other performance venues. 

Mr. Davis recently visited Alabama on a tour arranged by the Southern Literary Trail in partnership with the Mobile Arts Council. He played from Blind Tom’s repertoire in Mobile, Tuskegee, and Demopolis and gave a multi-media presentation about Blind Tom’s life.

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.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Bluegrass musician David Davis talks to Deborah Boykin

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This program is a repeat of a 2009 interivew with Bluegrass musician David Davis talking to Deborah Boykin about his musical influences, including shapenote singing, Charlie Louvin, and his uncle, Cleo Davis, one of Bill Monroe's original Bluegrass Boys. He also discusses his experiences as leader of the Warrior River Boys, one of Alabama's most prominent bluegrass bands. The program includes music from their  CD, Two Dimes and a Nickle.
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.

Donna Russell interviews Singer and Entertainer Donica Knight

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Donica Knight


This week on Alabama Arts Radio Donna Russell interviews Singer and Entertainer Donica Knight.  

On Tuesday, March 10th, kick off Arts Advocacy Day at 6:00 p.m. with Alabama artists, student performers and our special musical guest, Alabama’a own, Donica Knight followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 11th, gather with other arts advocates from around the state to learn how to express your passion for the arts constructively through educational training and more.

We encourage you to make an appointment with your legislators and visit their offices after lunch. We hope to demystify arts advocacy and assist you in feeling comfortable during your visits with your legislators. Enjoy workshop sessions, role play demonstrations, a panel discussion, a special performance by Alabama State University Dance Company and lunch before your afternoon visits with your legislators.

Registration is now open - for more information AND to register go to https://alaaeorg.presencehost.net/arts-advocacy-day.html.

Donica Knight Bio

Inspired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline and Shania Twain, Donica strives to bring her own unique sound that is undoubtedly Donica Knight.
  While studying Special Education at Auburn University, Knight was the lead-singer of the acclaimed cover band “Lucky Town” and garnered experience on the college, wedding, and debutante ball circuit. As she played more and more gigs reaching thousands of welcoming fans, it became evident that she was bound for a life on the stage rather than in the classroom. Entertaining was clearly the vehicle by which Donica would have the opportunity to make a difference and change lives.
  Knight has shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Chris Young, 3 Doors Down, Kenny Rogers, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Neimann, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Justin Moore, The Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Darryl Worley, and Skid Row, among many others. Her talent even captured the attention of country music superstar Ronnie Milsap who recorded two songs with Donica – one of which she co-wrote.
 For more information on Donica Knight, visit www.donicaknight.com
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.

Anne Kimzey interviews National Heritage Fellow Bettye Kimbrell and author Joyce Cauthen

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Bettye Kimbrell photo by Mark Gooch

Literature Program Manager Anne Kimzey interviews National Heritage Fellow Bettye Kimbrell and author Joyce Cauthen about the book titled Out of Whole Cloth: The Life of Bettye Kimbrell written by Joyce Cauthen
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 2:00 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:   bsp;
  • 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.

Steve Grauberger, Traditional Musics of Alabama Volume 5 New Book Gospel Shapenote Singing

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This program is a repeat of Community Arts Program Manager Deb Boykin interviewing Steve Grauberger about the folklife CD project Traditional Musics of Alabama Volume 5 New Book Gospel Shapenote Singing produced by the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and the Alabama Folklife Association.  (To read extended liner notes about this tradition 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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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Anne Kimzey interviews poet Kyes Stevens, director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

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Anne Kimzey interviews poet Kyes Stevens, director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project and a 2014 ASCA Literary Arts Fellow. Stevens reads a few poems and discusses her fellowship year and the rewards of teaching poetry-writing and visual arts classes in Alabama’s prisons.

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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Deputy Director Barbara Edwards visits Roanoke to talk with Kesa Johnston Dunn

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Kesa Dunn and Barbara Edwards at the Main Street Theater
in Roanoke, Alabama
Deputy Director Barbara Edwards visits Roanoke to talk with Kesa Johnston Dunn, who led the efforts to transform the site of a burned-out movie theater into an open air performance space with the help a Cultural Facilities grant from ASCA. 

Ms. Dunn explains the theater’s importance to several generations of community members who recall it as a gathering place as well as a movie house. Ms. Dunn and other members of the Roanoke Rotary Club took on the project so that the site of the old theater will once again be a gathering place for people in Roanoke to enjoy the arts.

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.

Joey Brackner interviews singers David Ivey and Tim Eriksen about Sacred Harp Singing in the Movie Cold Mountain

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David Ivey (top), Tim Eriksen (below)

To help promote our annual Saturday before the First Sunday in February Shape-Note Singing at the Alabama Archives in Montgomery, we are repeating a 2003 interview of Joey Brackner with singers David Ivey and Tim Eriksen about Sacred Harp Singing in the Movie Cold Mountain. Musical examples are included in the program

The Rotunda, 4-Book, Shape-Note singing will take place at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery on Jan 31st, 9:30 AM to 3 PM. It is open to public participation.

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.