Called the Black Belt because of its rich, dark soil, the area of Alabama traversed by Highway 80 on its route across the southern U.S. was the staging ground for some of Alabama’s most significant moments in history. It was here that cotton plantations flourished, the Confederacy was born, and civil rights were won.
In “The Amazing Story of Kudzu” you’ll learn about kudzu’s colorful past, present and future. Travel from Chipley, Florida — where Glen Arden Nursery sold kudzu plants through the mail in the 1920s — to Covington, Georgia — where Channing Cope crowned kudzu “king” in the 1940s. Meet a 93 year old man who supervised Civilian Conservation Corps workers as they…
In the early 1950s Alabama educators dreamed of using the new medium of television to beam educational content to classrooms and homes across the state. The University of Alabama and several other institutions researched the possibility of creating TV stations, but found that the cost of producing programming and operating a station was prohibitive. By… Read more »
Ben and Emily Roberts craft songs that are a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams. They evoke the blue collar man and woman because that’s exactly who they are, and their blended harmonies backed by guitar, harmonica and suitcase percussion create… Read more »
Meiko is an American singer-songwriter, currently residing in Los Angeles but originally from Georgia. A prolific writer, her songs have been used in many TV shows and films. She is a headliner at LA’s Hotel Cafe, ground zero for the new wave of young, folksy songwriters and she has been featured in late-night TV appearances… Read more »
North Carolina husband and wife duo, Daniel and Lauren Goans create their own style of musical storytelling. Lowland Hum evokes the serenity and splendor of their rural home by weaving their appealing high-tenor and soprano voices into intricate harmonies over simple string-band arrangements and sparse percussion. Songs include “Brother Stranger,” “Ballad of Saudade,” “Twine,” and… Read more »