Our Music Issue is back, featuring Johnny Cash’s last interview, Emmylou Harris as the widow of Nashville, Muscle Shoals and the rise of FAME Recording Studios, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Dutch band Normaal, huapango arribeno musicians and the making of a “Mexican South,” the remaking of Beale Street, a newly discovered ballad of Ella May Wiggins, the community of New Orleans musicians, and more — including a collection of new southern music.
Join us for the issue launch with Anna & Elizabeth, who are included our new compilation. As NPR’s Bob Boilen says of the duo, “They came to NPR and brought many of us to tears with some of the most yearning harmonies I’ve heard at the Tiny Desk. These songs are given few embellishments — sometimes a fiddle is added to a single voice, sometimes a banjo or guitar chimes in — but always the power is in the sparseness. If you’ve never thought your tastes would lean to mountain music, take a deep breath and soak it all in.”
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the new music issue will be available for purchase.
Join us for a special noon concert with keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann (Widespread Panic) and New Orleans percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts (Professor Longhair) in the Pleasants Room at Wilson Library. In conversation with folklorist and “Blues Doctor” Bill Ferris, JoJo and Uganda will lead us on a guided tour of New Orleans music and reveal how it helped to shape Widespread Panic’s sound.
Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Florida, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder.” Backed by Matthew Tonner (guitar), Tre Hester (bass, backup vocals) and JJ Jones (drums), Laney ranges from banjo to ukelele to guitar and harmonica. The band, which has opened for Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts, is releasing a new album this fall. You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation, Bandcamp, or Laney’s website.
This show is free and open to the public. Come hungry, because our friends from Will & Pop’s will be serving up their signature burgers and melts! Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while.
Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the next installment of “What’s Up Down South?” hosted by William R. Ferris. Ferris will be joined by translator and blues musician Seba Pezzani for an afternoon concert.
Pezanni translated Ferris’s Blues From the Delta into its Italian edition, Il Blues del Delta, and draws his own musical inspiration from the American South. For more than 30 years, Pezanni has toured extensively, playing gigs in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Iceland, and Italy.
This international collaboration features noted guitarists Adriano Viterbini from Rome and Reed Turchi from Memphis. The duo’s exploration of styles and sounds began with an impromptu performance in 2013, and they have since toured and recorded in the U.S. and Italy. The two have a minimalist, dark blues chemistry overflowing with Delta slide and pulsing electric guitar–or, as Mojo Station reports, “Scrapyard consta di otto brani in cui la matrice sonora è data dal Blues nelle sue forme Hill-Country e Delta, a cui si aggiungono elementi di American-Primitive Music ed una spiccata attitudine cinematografica.” You can listen to sample tracks on ReverbNation and Bandcamp.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!