Preeminent Southern folklorist Bill Ferris has spent the last 40 years documenting the South in print, photography and film. His latest book, The Storied South, is a collection of interviews with some of the South's (and country's) iconic writers and artists, including Alice Walker, Alex Haley, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty. We discuss the book, the importance of story and how he defines the South.
One of the highlights of Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival is the Miss & Mr. Biscuit Pageant. This episode profiles Liz Barr, the reigning Miss Biscuit 2013, whose win came courtesy of the interpretive dance she performed to an original love song...about a biscuit.
(One contestant carved a butter sculpture of Knoxville's Sun Sphere.)
Birmingham, Alabama, singer-songwriter Josh Vasa of the band Sanyasi talks about his Indian heritage, writing, and the value of cheesy lyrics. Watch my video of his song "Eight Miles" above and listen to my Authentic South podcast about him below.