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From May 25, 2006...
Blues fans from around the world converge on Pickens County, Alabama, this weekend for Willie King's Freedom Creek Festival...
The blues can be a life changing experience...
In downtown Birmingham, an experiment in professional theatre...
And - southern power pop from The Rewinds.
I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.
It's been a big year for Alabama Bluesman Willie King. He was nominated for "Traditional Album of the Year" and "Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year" in the Blues Foundation's prestigious 2006 Blues Music Awards. He lost that latter award to B-B King, but Willie King's music continues to draw a lot of praise... And this weekend - blues fans from all over will gather in rural Pickens County, Alabama for Willie King's 9th Annual Freedom Creek Festival. In the tradition of Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, King began playing music as a child. I talked with him about his life performing the blues
Willie King's Freedom Creek Festival is everything City Stages is NOT - except for the great music... which may be one reason Freedom Creek is such a hit with a growing number of supporters. Held around Memorial Day weekend on the blues legend's own property, the event is so far off "the beaten path" that there practically IS no path through the Alabama backwoods surrounding "Freedom Creek". Lissa LeGrand talked with several folks about the pros and cons of the festival's expansion.
Willie King's 9th annual Freedom Creek Festival is this weekend in Old Memphis, Alabama - over in Pickens County. Go to WBHM.org to see photos from last year's festival.
There's a little theatre experiment quietly taking place on 3rd avenue north in Birmingham. In a little storefront, the city's newest theatre company - City Equity Theatre - is staging David Mamet's play American Buffalo. As Tanya Ott reports, they're testing the waters for even bigger projects.
City Equity Theatre's production of David Mamet's "American Buffalo" runs through June 4th at Playhouse Inc. on 3rd Avenue North in Birmingham. Learn more about the production and City Equity Theatre, at the Tapestry page of wbhm.org.
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Want to know more? Activeculture.info is a one-stop source for finding out what's going on in the Birmingham metro area.
Fans of Birmingham band The Rewinds are eagerly awaiting the release next month of their debut album. The self-titled CD is produced by Atlanta's Livewire Recordings and mastered by Emily Lazar - who also worked with The Shins, Third Eye Blind, and Depeche Mode. The Rewinds take their creative blend of southern power pop on the road this year with a U.S. tour. This is "Sentimental Flaw" from the new CD. Michael Shackelford and Chris Markham stopped by our studios. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
The Rewinds self-titled debut album is being released next month. The group appears at WorkPlay Theatre June 3rd and City Stages June 18th. But, you can be the first to download a tune from their new CD. We've got an exclusive on the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell screens local bands and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Next week on the show, we'll take a look inside an offbeat book store. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.