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.
The Indian Pass Raw Bar anchors this community in the Florida panhandle. It sits on County Road 30A, just southeast of Port St. Joe and west of Apalachicola. It’s an institution in this part of the world and has been here since owner Jimmy McNeill's grandparents opened it in 1929. People come for the oysters and the unusual 'honor system' code, but they also come for Jimmy, the unofficial mayor of Indian Pass.
In our food-obsessed culture, we likely never think about what's on the menu at an eating disorder clinic. Chefs Roscoe Hall (above, left) and Wil Drake bring their inventive cuisine and gregarious personalities to Magnolia Creek, a treatment center in rural Alabama.
The episode features the song "Pour Traverser" by the Birmingham-based band War Jacket.
Below: Roscoe's left arm tattoo is an homage to his grandfather John "Big Daddy" Bishop, the founder of Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa. Wil's left arm tattoo is a meat mincer, an homage to his grandfather, who was a farmer in Georgia.
Barbara Nottingham has been running the Happy Hollow Gift Shop in Medicine Park, Oklahoma, for almost 40 years. Its live rattlesnakes and an abundance of tchotchkes draw most of the visitors who have come to the area to tour the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Barbara believes her divine purpose is to be a people person. This episode features "Dancing Song," a track off Duquette Johnston's upcoming album Rabbit Runs a Destiny.
This episode features James “Ooker” Eskridge, a waterman who has lived on Tangier Island, Virginia, his whole life. Ooker talks about being the Chesapeake Bay island’s mayor (population 450), the dwindling interest in working in the seafood industry, and the island’s distinct Cornwall, England-tinged accent.
Little G Weevil’s album The Teaser has a song called “Which Way Shall I Go.” It’s his account of his girlfriend kicking him out of her apartment the day after he’d come home from a tour. Everything he has is stuffed in a bag. He’s waiting on the train…in the rain. And he’s got Jesus on his mind. Classic Blues. Thing is, the train he’s trying to catch is not running through the Mississippi Delta. It’s the East Croydon Train heading out to London’s Gatwick Airport. Not quite classic Blues.
That’s what you get with Little G Weevil, a Hungarian-born Blues musician living in Kennesaw, Georgia. When he talks, you know he had to come from Budapest. But when he sings, it’s like he’s stepping right off of Beale Street.
Little G's profile is an episode of AuthenticSouth.com. Listen below & go to the site to hear more.
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