July 24, 2008...
When Kevin Turner opened his email this week - he got a big surprise: word that the UAB Gospel Choir's latest CD has climbed the XM Satellite Radio charts to number two. Turner directs the gospel choir and says part of his mission is making sure students and audiences know there are many different kinds of gospel music. He explains to WBHM's Tanya Ott.
The UAB Gospel Choir presents its summer concert Monday evening at 7 at the Alys Stephens Center.
A play about waterboarding with a cast of nearly all stand-up comics ---- where could such an unusual idea possibly come from? How about the mind of UAB theatre professor Cheryl Hall. Her dark comedy, titled Blood Thinner, was chosen out of hundreds of submissions around the country to compete in the Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City. Surprisingly, Hall never intended to be a playwright. WBHM's Katie Turpen sat down with Hall to talk about the inspiration for her piece and the excitement of the upcoming competition.
Blood Thinner competes in the Strawberry One Act Festival in New York City this weekend. You can watch the awards ceremony online.
Sound & Shape is a Nashville based progressive rock band. A while back, they played a show in Birmingham where Dave Somerall caught their act. He loved what he heard, stayed in touch with the band over the years, and eventually landed a spot playing bass with them. The group is almost always touring -- in 2006 alone, they played more than 220 gigs. Saturday night, Sound & Shape bring their show to Birmingham. WBHM's Michael Krall asked Somerall and guitarist Ryan Caudle about being on the road...
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Before and After, the new album from Birmingham band Sunny So Brite, has a definite alt-rock, indie sound that places it somewhere between Pink Floyd and Radiohead. It took many long recording sessions to get the album right, but singer-guitarist Mark Carmichael say the process gave band members the time and space they needed to heal from the loss of their friend and environmental activist Shane Hulsey. (AUDIO MONTAGE). The song is Rock and Roll Anthem Number 746 from Sunny So Brite's new CD Before and After.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with reporting this week by Katie Turpen and production help from Coleman Lipsey, Colin Quarello and Marlon Glenn. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.