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From September 7, 2006...
The Bear lives on again. But this time, the author points to a story that even he couldn't make up. A two-time Grammy winner brings her message of hope and recovery to Birmingham later this month. Meet Ashley Cleveland. And - music from groove band, The Spots. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.
It's been more than 23 years since legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant retired from football and died shortly after. In the time that's passed, book after book was written about the famous football patriarch -- mainly biographies, coaching philosophies and statistical information. But Don Keith's book is different. It's part vignette, part diary and storytelling. It's based on a screenplay by Al Browning, who was a sportswriter and columnist for the Tuscaloosa News, who had wanted to publish some of his memories regarding his close friendship with Coach Bryant. But Browning died before that could happen. That's where author and former radio personality Don Keith comes in. WBHM's Steve Chiotakis talks to him about his latest book, The Bear: The Legendary Life of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Don Keith is author of The Bear: The Legendary Life of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, a book that's based on a screenplay by Al Browning, Jr. He spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis. There's more about the book inside the Tapestry section at WBHM.org.
She's performed as a back-up singer on more than 300 CDs and won two Grammies for Best Rock Gospel Album... but when you hear Ashley Cleveland for the first time, you know this isn't your daddy's gospel music. This is straight ahead rock and roll propelled by her powerful voice and the guitar of Nashville heavyweight producer Kenny Greenberg, who just happens to be her husband. Sunday night September 17, she performs at the Harbert Center for Focus on Recovery as part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. I asked Ashley Cleveland about her own experience with addiction and recovery.
Singer-songwriter Ashley Cleveland performs for Focus on Recovery Sunday night, September 17th, at the Harbert Center. For more information on Ashley Cleveland, her new CD and her performance here in Birmingham, visit the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.
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There are lots of cover bands, jam bands, blues bands and aspiring singer/songwriters roaming Birmingham, but The Spots, while they combine all of those genres, prefer to be known as a "groove band". They don't practice much... don't rehearse... they just get together and let their chilled out vibe wash over the audience. Check it out - this is "Transmissions". The Spots Brian T. Murphy and Shawn Avery stopped by to talk with us... (AUDIO MONTAGE)
The tune is "Transmissions". The Spots play ArtWalk Friday night at the German Club. We've got more of their music - and a link to their website - on the Tapestry page of our website, WBHM.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.