August 30, 2007:
Over the last several months, there have been storm clouds on the Birmingham arts and culture horizon. Jefferson County faces a 30 million dollar budget shortfall for 2008, and commissioners say some things may have to go. At the top of that list -- eliminating 4.2 million dollars in funding for the arts and culture. Les Lovoy examines how this could affect downtown Birmingham...
This story is part of our series Birmingham: The Urban Divide. Make your feelings known about Jefferson County arts funding and other issues affecting Birmingham Tuesday night - as WBHM hosts a live call-in program. Join us for "On The Line: The Urban Divide", Tuesday at 6:30, right after Marketplace.
Blues music is as native to the south as barbecue and grits. But many of the blues legends are getting up in age and some folks are beginning to worry the tradition will suffer. Not if the Magic City Blues Society has any say in it. The society started nearly 15 years ago in hopes of preserving this Blues. This weekend, fans will converge on Sloss Furnaces for Blues Fest 2007. WBHM's Tanya Ott invited Magic City Blues Society president Paul Walters and musician Leonard Watkins to get us in the mood.
Paul Walters is president of the Magic City Blues Society and Leonard Watkins is a board member. Blues Fest 2007 is Sunday from noon to eight at Sloss Furnaces. The lineup includes Bob Margolin - who played with Muddy Waters' .... Nappy Brown - who toured with Little Richard and Jackie Wilson... and Debbie Davies - who came up playing in rock bands in San Francisco, then joined an all female R&B band led by the wife of a British Blues pioneer.
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Local musician Hunter Lawley is part Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, Johnny Cash and Bob Marley. His alternative country music mixes simple lyrics and funny scenarios, everyday life from an everyday kinda guy. Lawley's opened up for bands like Rollin' in the Hay and Michael Warren. Lawley stepped into the Tapestry studio to talk about what drives his unique style of music. His debut CD is called "The Living Room Sessions" and this is "Big Daddy's On His Way".(AUDIO MONTAGE).
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Islara Vazquez tracks community events. We had additional reporting from Les Lovoy. Next week on the program, we talk to AA Bondy. The Birmingham native is the former lead singer for the internationally known band Verbena. He's got a new CD coming out soon. Hope you'll join us! I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.