Dirk Powell knows a thing or two about Appalachian mountain music, as well as Cajun and Creole music. But what he understands best is the legacy of having that music handed down to him personally by his grandfather. He also expounds on the glories of southern cuisine, in this case, gas station food. Kudos to Arkansas...
LOUISIANA HAS BEEN TURNING OUT SOME FINE RECORDS THIS YEAR, AND CARY MORIN'S DOCKSIDE SAINTS RECORD IS ONE OF 'EM. RECORDED AT THE SAME STUDIO AS SONNY LANDRETH'S ALBUM FROM EARLIER IN 2020, AND WITH THE SAME PRODUCER, MORIN HAS DELIVERED A FULL BAND ALBUM THAT EXPANDS HIS MUSICAL VISION. IT'S A GREAT RECORD AND A LOT OF FUN. MORIN, A MEMBER OF THE CROW NATION BLENDS HIS NATIVE AMERICANA BLUES STYLE WITH A LITTLE CAJUN AND CREOLE SPICE TO SERVE UP A WONDERFUL BATCH OF TASTY GROOVES...
The most recent issue of okra magazine, that high quality, beautifully photographed quarterly, has my recent feature article on the new TV show on PBS, The Good Road. The article is centered around an episode of the show that features the hard work of a ministry called The Light of the Village. LOV works in one of the most poverty-stricken and violent neighborhoods in Alabama. find it here:
Eric Bibb, the prolific bluesman, singer-songwriter, and all-around folk troubadour rings in from Sweden to discuss his career, growing up in the sixties in the Village folk scene, and how the civil rights movement impacted his songwriting. And that's just part 1 !
At a time when so many are suffering with sickness and death, music sometimes can act as a divine instument of hope and healing. The Mockingbird published my first article with that journal this past week. Based on an earlier article I wrote about processing grief, but expanded for our current times, the folks at Mockingbird greenlighted it! You can find it here:
The new podcast is here! The Village Night Owl is available on ITunes, Spotify, Stitcher, I Heart Radio, and more! The first two episodes are up and feature Slide Guitar master Sonny Landreth and Country star Kelsey Waldon! More to come, including Art-folk duo Lowland Hum and Award winning bluesman Eric Bibb!
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My feature story for okra magazine issue 10 is about two long-time friends who have created a travel show that will debut on PBS this April. But it is no ordinary travel show. It is filmed in a style reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. But while Bourdain used food as his entry point to immerse into other cultures, Craig Martin and Earl Bridges take another route. They are self-described philanthropolgists. That is, they study and document the work of people doing charitable, or philanthropic, work. The show shines a light on those who work to help their fellow man, often in dangerous places. WETA is giving this show a big push, so, come April be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, here is the trailer for the show...
the Good Road trailer...
also check out their podcast Philanthropology...
So you may have noticed I took a lot of time off in 2019. I was working on other projects and some personal goals, but I am happy to say I am back! Watch for some news on the official launch of the podcast in the next week. And keep an eye out for okra magazine issue 10. It should land on the shelves at Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble sometime in the next week or so. Issue 10 contains three stories of mine, including a profile on rising country star Kelsey Waldon, and my feature story on an excellent and exciting new PBS show called The Good Road. More on that in a moment...
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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band put on a damn fine show Friday Night at The Paramount. Recap to follow. In the meantime there are a couple of new pics over on the Gallery tab.
J.M. McSpadden III is a writer and a roots music enthusiast who believes that every life needs to find its own soundtrack, and every road trip is an opportunity to full tilt boogie. Let's face it, people, a car ain't nothin' but a stereo on wheels.