June 26, 2008...
During the 1940s and 50s, field recordings made by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress introduced Americans to traditional music and led to the folk revival. Coffee houses, hootenannies, and groups like The Weavers and the Smothers Brothers took the country by storm. By the mid-1960s, rock and roll and the British invasion had captured America's listening tastes. Folk music disappeared, and some thought it was dead. But a recent release of field recordings of folk music shows that traditional music is still alive, and one Athens, Georgia man has made it his life's work to find and record it. Reporter Phil Graitcer has his story.
Alabama Public Television has four more regional Emmy awards to tout. This past weekend, the documentary "Mr. Dial Has Something to Say" won outstanding editing, documentary, photography, and director of post production. The film tells the story of self-taught Alabama artist - Thornton Dial. His art is included in the permanent collections of museums in Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, but like many self-taught African American artists from the south Mr. Dial's relationship with his chief benefactor points to larger issues of gets to decide what goes into museums and why. Filmmaker Celia Carey.
New York City in the 1980's was not an easy time for a gay man. There was a lot of intolerance, and the lives of homosexuals were constantly threatened. Theatre Downtown revives this moment in time by bringing the award winning play Torch Song Trilogy to Birmingham as part of Gay Pride month. The play is sure to engage audiences with a message just as important now as it was in 1983. WBHM's Katie Turpen reports.
What's going on around town? Activeculture.info is a one-stop source for finding out what's going on in the Birmingham metro area.
Rising from the ashes of their previous band, "The Ashes" - a new band called "Wiseblood" is out with their debut album on their very own new label called "We Own the Sky". The music is a mix of alt-country and rock with an overall folk approach. Ashby Pate provides lead vocals, guitar and piano and Shawn Avery is on bass, drums and synth.(AUDIO MONTAGE)
The song is "Highway" from Wiseblood's new EP Volume 1. You can hear Wiseblood live at the Bottletree July 10th at a CD release party.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Phil Graitcer, Katie Turpen, Coleman Lipsey, and Marlon Glenn. I'm Greg Bass.