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From February 9, 2006...
This week, the world remembers the legacy of Coretta Scott King...and Alabama's role in the civil rights movement. Birmingham native Chuck Leavell - he's the Rolling Stones' keyboardist AND a whole lot more. And music from New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.
Four U-S Presidents were among the thousands of mourners who paid tribute to Coretta Scott King earlier this week. They remembered her tireless efforts to keep her husband's legacy alive, including establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change in Atlanta. In his new book AT CANAANS'S EDGE: America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch revisits many of the battlegrounds of the civil rights movement. I asked him why Alabama was ground zero in the social movement that changed America.
Author Taylor Branch's new book is AT CANAANS'S EDGE: America in the King Years, 1965-68, published by Simon and Schuster. There's a longer version of our interview on the Tapestry page of our website, wbhm.org.
When Birmingham native Chuck Leavell gets back from the Super Bowl this week, the Rolling Stones' keyboard player resumes his secret life...well, maybe not secret, but very different. When he's not playing rock and roll in huge stadiums, Leavell returns to solo piano in intimate theater settings to promote his new jazz album. Reporter Dale Short has this audio postcard...
You'll find an extended interview with Leavell, along with a link to song samples from his album 'Southscape,' on our website, WBHM.org
For most people, being in a relationship on Valentine's Day makes February 14th a cause for celebration. Not so for commentator Francesca Rosko, who, against her will, acquired a boyfriend in the past year.
You can hear more of Francesca's commentaries on our website, wbhm.org.
Finding love...that's just one of the themes explored in the latest production at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. ASFA's theatre students take on a modified version of the classic "Little Women", as WBHM's Anthony Plenty reports.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
Want to know more? Activeculture.info is a one-stop source for finding out what's going on in the Birmingham metro area.
A little departure this week in the close of our show. Usually, we feature a local band or musician. This week, it's musicians, LOTS of them! The latest CD from The New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir is called "Praise into Worship." It's a mix of contemporary praise music and traditional gospel. This song is "I Still Remember" Reverend Prince Yelder stopped by our studios to talk about the music. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
The Reverend Prince Yelder from New Hope Baptist Church. The Choir's latest CD is "Praise into Worship" - a mix of traditional gospel and contemporary tunes. The Choir performs at the Alys Stephens Center on Sunday, March 5th. We've got music from The New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir available for download at the Tapestry section of WBHM.org.
And while we're talking about the website, we can't help but mention Taylor Hicks, who was one of our featured musicians in December. Hicks is now a contestant on American Idol, and since his appearance on the show last week, more than 9-thousand visitors have seen the Taylor Hicks page on wbhm.org and his mp3's have been downloaded close to 13-thousand times. You can find a link to Taylor's appearance on Tapestry at WBHM dot 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 and Anthony Plenty and production assistance from J-T Schill. I'm Greg Bass.