December 13, 2007...
Aliceville, Alabama is a special place for many World War Two veterans. From 1943 to 1945 roughly 6,000 German prisoners of war were housed at Camp Aliceville. But in stark contrast to places like Abu Graib and Guantanamo - the Aliceville camp ended up being an experience many of the German POWs embraced. In fact, 50 years later American and German veterans continue to hold reunions in Aliceville. Reporter Stacey Torch attended the most recent reunion and has this report...
Today the Aliceville Museum houses one of the largest WWII German prisoners of war camp collections, and it's a place of reconciliation for both.
Eddie Hinton was the lead guitarist for the Muscle Shoals rhythm section from 1967 to the mid-70's where they forged hit after hit for the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge, The Box Tops, Boz Scaggs and so many others. Hinton, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, was also a fine singer and a gifted song writer who penned hits like Breakfast in Bed for Dusty Springfield and CoverMe for Percy Sledge. But when his career took a downturn, Eddie Hinton battled depression and alcoholism and at one point lived on the streets of Decatur, Alabama. With the help of his friends, Hinton got off the streets and back into the studio. But just as he was getting his life back together, he died of a heart attack 1995. Enter singer Jimmy Hall, Birmingham native and former front man for Wet Willie. Last spring, Hall released a CD of Hinton's songs titled "Build Your own Fire". I asked Hall how he came to do this CD.
Jimmy Hall, former lead singer for Wet Willie, livesin Nashville where he contributes harmonica, saxophone and backing vocals to the Hank Williams, Jr. band.
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Birmingham band Act of Congress plays what's known as newgrass...traditional bluegrass fused with styles from other genres such as jazz, pop or rock. The group's been getting rave reviews from their peers for their relaxing yet energetic acoustic sound. From their new EP, "Love Remains" this is the song "In the Middle". Here are frontman and mandolinist Adam Wright and guitarist Chris Griffin...(AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Islara Vazquez and reporting from Stacey Torch. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.