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:
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.