Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the first show of our Fall 2017 concert series! Music on the Porch is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, and all are welcome.
Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter, and dramatist who previously performed with the Ghost Gamblers as well as power trio Earl Greyhound. Her debut album Tularosa: An American Dreamtime explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. Now hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Thomas has been called one of “14 Artists Proving Black Americana Is Real.”
This show is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
We’ll be back on the porch with more great Southern music this fall… Until then, please enjoy a few of our favorite things from this Spring!
Join us at the Center to celebrate a very special issue of Southern Cultures. We’ll enjoy music by Sam Gleaves, readings by Silas House, and a mountain menu by Sherri Castle. Attendance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for food and the issue: click here!
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs, and the stories that surround them. His debut album Ain’t We Brothers has been reviewed by National Public Radio, No Depression, and The Bluegrass Situation. Lee Smith has called the album “courageous as hell and country to the bone.”
Silas House is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright who describes the main goal of his writing as “looking into the lives of rural Americans who so often get overlooked by the media.” He currently serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College. House writes that “Sam and I are passionate about giving voice to rural people, about place, and about the power of art to empower and transform. Both of us are very concerned with the rural Other, people who have a deep love for these rural places yet don’t fit in there, due to orientation, race, or other issues.”
Guest edited by Elizabeth S.D. Engelhardt, the Appalachia Issue includes Harlan County U.S.A. soundscapes, a break-up with Pearl S. Buck, musings on Dollywood & hillbilly consumerism, interviews with Appalachian “Country Queers,” and lost photos of black Asheville. Click here to subscribe or view the issue at Project Muse.
Atticus Reynolds is a drummer/composer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first EP (EMIT) is available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and his forthcoming album Ventana is a suite of original music inspired by folkloric Latin rhythms that was recorded in Puerto Rico.
Joining Atticus for this show are Kevin Beardsley (bass), Dan Hitchcock (saxophones), Brevan Hampden (congas/percussion), and Ernest Turner (keyboard). The quintet will perform a mix of standards in the Latin jazz idiom as well as some original music.
Alfred Banks has been described as “spitting urban country consciousness,” and Marco Pavé has been called “a millenial Muslim from Memphis.” CSAS is proud to be a stop on the River Kings 2.0 tour, which spans from New Orleans to Brooklyn. Marco conducts workshops around the country on hip-hop and social justice and has delivered a compelling TED talk advocating greater support for the arts. Formerly known as Lyriqs da Lyraciss, Alfred was nominated by OffBeat Magazine as Best Emergent Artist of 2016. Calling all woke folks for this important show!