From November 24, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry. If E equals "Einstein" and M-C equals "must checkout," then you're sure to be square during the remaining weeks of a McWane Center exclusive. From science, to art and love...specifically, the "Lovesick Blues" of Hank Williams. And Southern rock from the Sandspurs. After this round-up of arts news.
Hank Williams was only 29 years old when he died on New Year's Day 1953 -- just a few years after his meteoric rise to fame; his plaintive voice and yodel captured the hearts of America's working class. Williams' last days were not unlike the rest of his life -- full of music, liquor and drama. A new biography explores Williams' short life -- from the influence of Rufus "Teetot" Payne to the many women who loved and were loved by Hank. Lovesick Blues - The Life of Hank Williams is a sparse book written in plain language, much like the lyrics Williams wrote. Author Paul Hemphill tells WBHM's Rosemary Pennington - it just felt right.
Author Paul Hemphill talking about his book, Lovesick Blues - The Life of Hank Williams. There's more in the Tapestry section of our website, WBHM-DOT-ORG.
It's been one hundred years since Albert Einstein, a then-26-year year old Swiss Patent Office worker, started making waves. Actually, he made waves, and particles out of light. And then there was the special Theory of Relativity, and an energy equation that's now known the world over. He even established beyond any doubt, the existence and sizes of molecules. You know, at any ordinary 26-year old would do! To celebrate those achievements, the McWane Center is showing an Einstein exhibit. McWane Center President and CEO Tim Ritchie shares the details with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.
The Einstein exhibit continues at the McWane Center through January 22. For more information, check out the Tapestry section of WBHM-DOT-ORG.
Tonight, families are gathered together enjoying good food and good company. Every family has a signature Thanksgiving dish. Commentator Francesca Rosko reflects on the year her family's dish went haywire...
Commentator Francesca Rosko isn't the only one who loves turkey day. Thanksgiving is also Rosemary Pennington's favorite holiday. But, this year she'll be spending more time at the computer than the table. She's trying to finish work on a 50-thousand word novel, by November 30th, as part of National Novel Writing Month.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
Birmingham band the Sandspurs describe their music as "purebred American mongrel music", but critics call it "good 'ole southern-blues fueled boogie with a little grit and soul". This is "Blues for Monica" from the CD "Live at the Barking Kudu.".The Spurz include Tim Elliott, Mike Dye, Seebie Camp, And Dan "Harpdog" Marson. Tim and Mike stopped by our studio this week to talk about making music.
The tune is Blues for Monico from the CD "Live at the Barking Kudu." The Sandspurs play tomorrow night at McAlnally's Pub and next Friday at Fletcher's. We've got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles. If you've got a community event to advertise, Francesca Rosko's your woman! Additional reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis and Rosemary Pennington. I'm Greg Bass. Happy Thanksgiving!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.