Friday, April 29, 2011

Alabama Arts Radio Podcast, Braxton Schuffert original Drifting Cowboy

Folkorist Deborah Boykin talks with 97 year old Braxton Schuffert, a country singer and songwriter who was one of Hank Williams's original Drifting Cowboys.  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.

Alabama Arts Radio Podcast, Valerie Burnes and Tina Jones

Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews two University of West Alabama faculty members who are working to promote the Black Belt region of Alabama.  In the first half of the show Valerie Pope Burnes, Director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt and Assistant Professor of History at UWA discusses the activities of the Center and its role in creating appreciation of the culture and natural history of the 19-county region.  In the second half of the show, Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Dean of Educational Outreach at UWA and president of the board of the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area describes efforts to develop tourism in the region.

Alabama Arts Radio Podcast, Lee Sentell and Grey Brennan Alabama Tourism Dept.

Alabama Center for Traditional Culture Director Joey Brackner interviews Alabama  Tourism Department  Director Lee Sentell about the tourism industry in Alabama and his Department's themed campaigns such as the "Year of Alabama Food" and "Year of Alabama Arts". In the second half Grey Brennan, Marketing and Regional Director for the Alabama Tourism Department, talks about this year's innovative campaign "The Year of Alabama Music" and its importance to the state's local economy.  Also included is a discussion about the Year of Alabama Music Songwriting Contest.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Alabama Arts Radio Podcast, Dr Wayne Anthony Barr Director of the Tuskegee University Golden Voices Choir

Steve Grauberger interviews Dr. Wayne Anthony Barr, director of theTuskegee University's Golden Voices Concert Choir, about his work and some of the choir's history regarding Tuskegee University founder Booker T. Washington and well known choral arranger and director Dr, William Levi Dawson.