Listening: Lambchop – “Nice Without Mercy”

Dec 16 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Kurt Wagner of Lambchop standing with his Beautillion Militaire 2000 series of paintings
T he tragedy in New town , C onnecticut is so deep , so overwhe lming , that for many of us it’s been a moment of re-orientation and reflection, of counting blessings and extending a [continue reading]

On Black Friday: Chain Store Blues

Nov 23 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image [ Today we’re thankful to have the opportunity to offer this repost from Nathan Salsburg’s Root Hog or Die , an extraordinary radio show and music blog that we’ve written about previously. This piece concerns The Allen Brothers’ “Chain Store Blues,” which also appears on Nathan’s [continue reading]

What’s Up With Those Southern Beasts?

Sep 27 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image By Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director of Roadside Theater

Storytelling is a partnership between the person telling the story and the person receiving the story; each depends on the other. This exchange is not designed to be passive, unless the purpose is propaganda. “The purpose of art is to [continue reading]

Helen LaFrance: Painting From Memory

Sep 5 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image Church Picnic ; Helen LaFrance
Think twice and see it once. Think you’re right and know you’re right before you do something. I like to have people see what I see, the way I see it. I try to see through a thing.
We begin this [continue reading]

Idiom and Assimilation: Miles Davis & C.D. Wright

Apr 7 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans, recording in 1958
If there is any particular affinity I have for poetry associated with the South, it is with idiom. I credit hill people and African Americans for keeping the language distinct. Poetry should repulse assimilation. Each poet’s task [continue reading]

The Snakes and Southern Vernacular of Harry Crews

Apr 2 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
missing image Crews at home in his Florida; Oscar Sosa , New York Times She felt the snake between her breasts, felt him there, and loved him there, coiled, the deep tumescent S held rigid, ready to strike. She loved the way the snake looked sewn onto her V-neck letter sweater, his hard [continue reading]

Abner Jay: The Last Southern Black Minstrel Show

Mar 9 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Abner Jay, April 8, 1982, San Jose Flea Market ; selection of a photo by Jon Sievert
[Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a
retrospective glance to the first two years of
Art [continue reading]

Two For Mardi Gras

Feb 21 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Zulu Parade 2010 King Jimmie L Felder; Eliot Kamenitz, Times Picayune
Here’s two videos with a bit of Mardi Gras spirit. First, from the Alan Lomax Archive Channel , comes this footage shot by Alan Lomax and his crew in 1982: “Big Chief Jake Millon and the [continue reading]

Rural Poetry Series: C.D. Wright

Feb 8 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings
I’m country but sophisticated. I’m particular and concrete, but I’m
probing another plane. . . . There are many times when I want to hammer
the head. Other times I want to sleep on the hammer.

     – C. D. Wright C.D. Wright was born [continue reading]

Saturday Song: R.L. Burnside At The Juke Joint

Feb 4 2012
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
missing image Here’s legendary Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside performing “Dust My Broom” at Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint. We found this footage, from the early 1990’s, via the excellent Deep Blues site:

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