The Mulligan Brothers – “Cecilia” at the Dinah Washington Center

The Mulligan Brothers perform “Cecilia” from their album, “The Mulligan Brothers” at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Their name comes from a golfing term for a second chance. Band members include Ross Newell, Gram Rea, Ben Leininger and Greg DeLuca.

Alabama Detour: Birmingham Photographer Larry O. Gay

Photography is more than a hobby for Larry O. Gay. It’s a passion; the way he celebrates life. He works in a Birmingham, Alabama steel mill but in his spare time he hits the streets in search of interesting images. His lens captures the beauty in ordinary things that people pass by every day without noticing.

An Introduction to UA’s Blackburn Institute

The Blackburn Institute is developing a network of leaders, the Blackburn Fellows, who have a clear understanding of the challenges that face the state of Alabama. The Institute provides the fellows opportunities to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for our state and nation. The Blackburn Institute is… Read more »

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  • How the BBQ Documentaries Came to Be

    For the past twenty years, I’ve traveled over Alabama collecting stories to tell through public TV documentaries. Everywhere I go I prefer to eat at local restaurants rather than national chains. If there’s a barbecue restaurant handy, that’ll be my first choice. I like barbecue and so do most of my co-workers. In fact, some… Read more »

  • "Songs Inside The Box" to screen at Woodford Folk Festival

    I’m pleased to announce that “Songs Inside The Box,” the cigar box guitar documentary will be screened at the 2010/2011 Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford, Queensland, Australia. The screening is scheduled for Wednesday, December 29th at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed with performance by Eb ‘n’ Flo, a local cigar box guitar duo. The… Read more »

  • "Hill Country Troubadour" in North Carolina New Harmonies Celebration

    "Richard Johnston: Hill Country Troubadour," my documentary about the amazing street musician and one-man-band Richard Johnston, will be shown on November 29th at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, North Carolina. The special screening will be a part of the state of North Carolina’s celebration hosting the Smithsonian Institution’s "New Harmonies" traveling exhibit. The exhibit… Read more »

  • UA Communications Hall of Fame 2010

    The 13th annual induction ceremony for the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame was held October 21st, 2010. The event featured a twenty-minute video presentation which I co-produced with Amy Eifler and Ben Henson. Of the three, I did the least work on the project but I enjoyed working… Read more »

  • "Songs Inside The Box" to screen at UK Cigar Box Guitar Fest

    The second annual UK Cigar Box Guitar Festival will take place on Saturday, October 16th at The Public in West Bromwich, West Midlands (near Birmingham) and I’m pleased to announce that “Songs Inside The Box” will be screened at the event. “Songs Inside The Box” is a documentary about cigar box guitar enthusiasts who communicated… Read more »

  • Shane Speal, King of the Cigar Box Guitar

    "Songs Inside The Box" to air June 20th on APT

    Add a stick and some strings to a wooden cigar box and you’ve got an inexpensive musical instrument, a cigar box guitar. Each one is an original and some people say that each one has its own songs inside. These unique guitars and the people who make music with them are the subject of “Songs… Read more »