Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM




September 2011...

Tapestry has been a fixture on WBHM for nearly seven years. We've talked to hundreds of musicians, artists, poets, novelists, actors and more. Today, we reach into the archives, dust off some of those interviews and bringing you the best.



Sam Bush

For the better part of two decades, Sam Bush and the New Grass Revival turned traditional bluegrass music on its ear, infusing it with elements of jazz, rock, afropop and reggae. Bush is a three-time grammy winner. He's backed great singers like Emmy Lou Harris and Lyle Lovett and he worked on the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. He's a star of the musical festival circuit, from Telluride, Colorado to Merlefest in North Carolina, where he regularly pushes the musical envelope. There was no way I could pass up the chance to talk to him!

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Sam Bush hosts the International Bluegrass Music Awards later this month in Nashville.




Wallace Rayfield Wallace Rayfield. You may not recognize the name, but you most surely know his work. Rayfield was an early 20th century black architect credited with designing many notable buildings around town and across the country. Rayfield's work was largely forgotten until Bessemer resident Allen Durough made a chance discovery several years ago. Durough shares that story and Mr. Rayfield's legacy with WBHM's Tanya Ott.

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I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry. This show is about music and literature and art and culture...and somehow we manage to sandwich in a lot of conversation about food. Like a story former Tapestry producer Bradley George put together on a local cafe. Every Tuesday, musicians and spoken word artists come together for an open mic night at The Coffee Shoppe in Five Points West, in the Ensley neighborhood. It's organized by spoken word artist Kuumba Nia Omari and the event has become a meeting place for African American artists.

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Polly King, Mimi Latwon, and Kuumba Nia Omari are part of the open mic night, every Tuesday at The Coffee Shoppe in Five Points West. WBHM's Bradley George produced our audio postcard.



Jello

Thanksgiving is still two-and-a-half months away, but that doesn't stop us from putting a holiday-themed story on the menu for this "Best of Tapestry". Every family has a signature Thanksgiving dish. Here, commentator, former WBHM intern and all-around funny lady Francesca Rosko reflects on the year her family's dish went haywire...

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Dale Short also spends a fair amount of time thinking about food. For a segment he calls Ordinary Zen - he served up "The Zen of Cappuccino."

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The original Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

For 40 years, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in northwest Alabama churned out records. And these weren't just ordinary LP's and 45's -- they were albums that changed the course of American music. In 2003, the studio recorded its last session. Reporter Rosemary Pennington couldn't help but feel a little blue over the loss of a certain musical sensibility.

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NASCAR fans are gearing up for the Sprint Cup Series at the Talladega Superspeedway, October 23. The timing is great, so close to Halloween. But Talladega doesn't need the holiday to generate intrigue. In fact, some say the track is cursed. WBHM's Andrew Yeager visited Talladega last fall to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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Craig Hultgren

Birmingham cellist Craig Hultgren plays with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, but he's also considered one of the best experimental cellists in the country. What's an experimental cellist? Composer Brian Moon wrote a work titled "un_Learn" - a piece cello and tape. Hultgren stopped by our studios to talk about his instrument.

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Download music:
"un_Learn" for electric cello and tape
The Ninth Wavefor cello and computer generated tape



Leonard Nimoy

He's been in more than 50 movies and television shows, including his most famous stint as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. But when Leonard Nimoy visited Birmingham two years ago it was to talk about his other passion -- photography. His The Full Body Project is a series of works examining the concepts of female beauty through full-figured women. Nimoy spoke with WBHM Michael Krall...

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A couple of weeks back we bid farewell to Tapestry producer and All Things Considered host Bradley George. With his departure, Tapestry is going on sabbatical for a while. After nearly seven years, we're taking a hiatus to give us some time to reflect on what Tapestry should sound like for the next seven years. It's been a privilege to visit you as the host of the show and to work closely with and learn from the talented journalists here at WBHM. It's been enlightening to hear from the many writers, musicians, film makers and artists we've featured along the way. So, this isn't goodbye, it's just so long for a while. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for listening!