Friday, September 23, 2011

on heavy rotation

The track "A Mushroom Cloud" by Sammy Salvo. Listen up.

Shimmy blues at their best. The vinyl experience is the ultimate experience.

And after you've listened know this... Sammy was born and continues to live in Birmingham, Alabama where he runs a retail meat business with his brother. He has nine grandchildren and hasn't performed since 1983. I'm going to have to go knock on his door next time I'm in Bama.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

alabama ghosts

A fellow Alabamian writer covers the most beloved folklorist of my home state in the Paris Review.

Read the wonderful essay here.

And yes, tis true, that 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey was required reading for local history. Just reading the snippets in the essay makes me crave to put on some hot tea and revisit these wonderfully awful tales. And to take some time out and write something pulpy about Confederate soldiers and ships gone down. RIP Kathryn Tucker Windham.