From January 5, 2006...
One of America's finest fiddlers is a teacher and homemaker from Tuscaloosa. She's the first lady of Alabama storytelling...Kathryn Tucker Windham. Also, singer-songwriter Mandi Rae. I'm Greg Bass, and this is Tapestry.
She's played with the likes of Allison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Randy Howard and Roy Acuff. But award-winning fiddle player Sharon Winters Bounds' career path hasn't been a typical one. Instead of hitting the road, this Tuscaloosa mom chose to stay home and raise two young sons. Family has always been a guiding force in Bounds' musical career.
Although she's not a household name, you can hear and see Sharon Winters Bounds perform from time to time with two local groups - the James and Angela McKinney Bluegrass Band...and the bluegrass gospel group called "Strings of Joy". When she's not jamming with the pros, she plays fiddle with her father Randy Winters and now she's teaching her 11-year-old son Brandon how to play. Occasionally, three generations team up - like on this rendition ofAmazing Grace.
You can hear more of Sharon Bounds' fiddling on the tapestry page of our website, wbhm.org.
Some good stories can stretch out for an hour or more. But others can squeeze an entire beginning, middle, and end into exactly 75 seconds. Skeptical? Check out this offering from Alabama storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, recorded live onstage at the recent Selma Tale-Tellin' Festival...
Tapestry's ongoing highlights of the Selma Tale-Tellin' Festival are produced by Mary Lou Davis and Dale Short. If you've got a tale to tell, or know someone who does, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Except for watching the continents shift, not many human enterprises are more slow-motion than writing a book and getting it published. Years, even decades, may pass between the time a writer starts work on an idea, and the day the work shows up between covers, on a bookstore shelf. Keeping the faith along the way is a tough proposition, says Dale Short...especially when public voices on all sides are saying to you, 'Why bother?' Short offers this reflection on the writing process...
This weekend, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series resumes with resident conductor Christopher Confessore on the podium. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall about the concert and his busy schedule...
Christopher Confessore is the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's resident conductor. The Masterworks concerts are Friday and Saturday night at 8 o'clock at the Alys Stephens Center.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
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It's been said that Mandi Rae's lyrics are peppered with a wry wit and "seen it all" wisdom that belies her age. Perhaps that comes from growing up in a military family that moved more than some the train hoppers that her music evokes. Mandi's always been musical - but it wasn't until an open mic night at the Moonlight Music Café that she really hit her stride, performing in live venues and recording a new CD. This is "Slow Down" from the CD "Unaffected". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Singer-songwriter Mandi Rae plays Moonlight Music Café next Thursday, January 12th at 8 p.m. We've got more of her music available for download on the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Dale Short. I'm Greg Bass... Thanks for listening . Next week on the program... those little devils dressed in green vests start hawking their sugar laden goodies - Beware!
Remember, if you'd like to suggest a story idea, or just tell us what you think of the show, e-mail us at email@example.com.