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From May 18, 2006...

How can one book shake up century's old religions...

With band names like the Red Stick Ramblers, Kudzu String Band and Dread Clampitt - how could you possibly pass up the Acoustic Café... a live music festival in tiny Hayden, Alabama? The Waybacks come all the way from San Francisco bay to headline the event... and traveling over from Georgia -- The Lovell Sisters Band, relative newcomers to bluegrass.

You won't hear them at the Acoustic Café... but today we've got gritty rock from Birmingham's Wild Sweet Orange. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.

Cracking Da Vinci's Code

The movie The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks makes it debut this weekend, sparking more debate among some Christians regarding the portrait of Jesus in Dan Brown's blockbuster novel of the same name. For instance, the novel suggests that Jesus may have married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. This doesn't sit well with theologian Peter Jones, who co-authored a book titled Cracking Da Vinci's Code that attempts to rebut this view Christ.

Dr. Peter Jones and The Da Vinci Code

Dr. Peter Jones, co-author of Cracking Da Vinci's Code, was in Birmingham this week to speak at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. By the way, Dr. Jones says he does intend to see the movie.

The Acoustic Café

With a population between five and six hundred, you might not think there's much going on in Hayden, Alabama. But for the past 10 years, every Memorial Day Weekend, Steve Masterson has run a small music festival right in his own front yard; featuring some of the best live music around. It's called The Acoustic Café....

An audio postcard from Steve Masterson

Steve Masterson talking about the Acoustic Cafe. There's more information about The Acoustic Café on our website, WBHM.org.

The Lovell Sisters (l to r): Rebecca, Jessica and Megan

Picture this: three sisters, all classically trained. One night, they accompany some friends to a bluegrass concert and fall in love with the music. From that moment on, the Lovell Sisters decide to take up bluegrass. They each choose an instrument, make the transition from classical music, and add super-tight harmonies. They practice - a lot - and get better - a LOT better in a fairly short time. From the back porch of their house, overlooking 71 lush acres in rural Calhoun, Georgia - WBHM's Michael Krall picks up the story of the Lovell Sisters...

Interview with the Lovell Sisters

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Wild Sweet Orange

Wild Sweet Orange. The soaring melodies of their gritty rock and contemplative ballads transport listeners from the back of a dark club to memories of years past. It's a melting pot of poetry - modern and classic, for this Birmingham five-some who count Paul Simon, David Lynch and "all things out of body" as influences. This is "House of Regret" from the self-titled EP. Wild Sweet Orange bandmates Preston Lovinggood and Chip Kilpatrick stopped by our studios. (AUDIO MONTAGE)

The song is "House of Regret" from the EP by the same name. Wild Sweet Orange plays the WorkPlay Theatre May 26th, and we've got their music available for download on the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces the musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. A new theatre company makes its debut in Birmingham this weekend, with a production of David Mamet's play "American Buffalo". Next week on Tapestry we'll talk about the play, the interesting venue, and the challenges of starting a new equity company in Birmingham. I'm Greg Bass and we''ll see you next week.