From December 22, 2005...
It's gonna be pretty chilly tonight, but there's basically a snowballs chance in Hades that we'll have any of the white stuff on the ground before Christmas. That doesn't bother reporter Melanie Peeples. What does, is Hollywood's insistence that we should care. Alabama may not have much snow, but boy do we have storytellers! Also, singer-songwriter Taylor Hicks bares his soul. I'm Greg Bass, and this is Tapestry.
Ever notice how most of the good holiday songs make a big deal about snow? Reporter Melanie Peeples has and boy, does it irk her!
Alabama has a rich history of storytelling. From grandpas sitting on the front porch to professionals like Kathryn Tucker Windham, the state runs over with folks who can spin a good yarn. German historian Hannah Arendt once wrote that "...storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." And it's in this latest installment of our Alabama Storytellers Series that we find meaning.
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Taylor Hicks is known for setting "soul fires" from Florida panhandle honky-tonks to the modern day chitlin-circuit of the old South. The blue-eyed singer-songwriter from Alabama has performed with the likes of James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and Drive by Truckers. Currently he's collaborating with contemporary blues legend Keb Mo. From Taylor Hick's latest CD "Under the Radar", this is "Soul Thing". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Taylor Hicks plays WorkPlay Theatre tomorrow night. We have more of his music available for download on our website, wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces musician profiles and Francesca Rosko composes the community calendar. Additional reporting this week from Mary Lou Davis. I'm Greg Bass, on next week's show, the economics of epiphany - just how much do the 12 Days of Christmas really cost?
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