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Get In Union: Bessie Jones with the Sea Island Singers: 1959-1966

Get In Union: Bessie Jones with the Sea Island Singers and Others: Alan Lomax Recordings 1959-1966 Tompkins Square By James Calemine Alan Lomax once declared the Golden Isles of Georgia home of the American song. Get In Union: Bessie Jones read more...


Deep Water And Blue Souls: Roger Pinckney's Blow The Man Down

Deep Water And Blue Souls Roger Pinckney's Blow The Man Down By James Calemine                 "Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely read more...


Rich Robinson's Ceaseless Sight

Rich Robinson's Ceaseless Sight The End Records By James Calemine                              read more...


Cheyenne Mize: Shades of Blue & Grey

Cheyenne Mize: Shades of Blue & Grey By James Calemine "If I could think of a way to do it right now, I'd head back to Louisville, sit on the porch drinking beer, drive around Cherokee Park for a few nights, and try to sink back read more...


The Bloom of Underhill Rose

By James Calemine "I've been told I've got a restless soul How much dirt do I need to dig through Before I hit the gold I tried to be read more...


Bloodkin's One Long Hustle

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Stranger In Paradise: The Works of Howard Finster

Stranger In Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster By James Calemine "For nation will rise read more...


New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

New Horizons By James Calemine  "I'm gonna sail like A ship on the ocean..." --The Georgia Sea island read more...


Luther Dickinson: A Thousand Footprints in the Sand

By James Calemine Luther read more...


Games People Play: Atlanta Songwriter Joe South

Games People Play: Atlanta Songwriter Joe South By James Calemine Joe South's songs remain timeless. To me, he always epitomized the story of a living legend that no one can seem to find. He's out there somewhere, but no one has heard from him read more...


The Paintings of Georgia Artist Steve Penley

The Paintings of Georgia Artist Steve Penley By James Calemine  Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1964, Steve Penley was raised in Macon, Georgia. By the time he attended the University of Georgia, he'd been painting and drawing for as long as read more...


Tennessee Williams: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Tennessee Williams: 27 Wagons Full of Cotton By James Calemine  Born in Columbus, Mississippi, on March 26, 1911, Thomas (Tennessee) Williams wrote plays, short stories, novels and poetry. Some of his characters rank as the most memorable in read more...


Inning of a Lifetime

Inning of a Lifetime By Jerry Grillo One inning of Class D ball almost 60 years ago gave Joe Louis Reliford a lifetime of fame and free baseball – that’s right, Reliford gets into Major League ballgames on charm alone, because as an read more...


Levon Helm: Across The Great Divide

Levon Helm: Across The Great Divide To me, Levon Helm's voice captured the authentic roots of America's south. Born in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, Helm grew up on Sonny Boy Williamson, traveled with


Swampland's Top 25 Albums of 2011

As March fades and the first quarter of 2012 comes to a close, Swampland has used this moment to look back on 2011 putting together our list of last year's best music releases from the South. Although we've named 25 records on our Top 25 Albums of 2011, each one serves as read more...


My Year of Scary Movies: (Part 9) The Shining

My Year of Scary Movies (Part 9): The Shining By Daniel Hutchens The story goes that during filming of The Shining, director Stanley Kubrick once called novelist Stephen King (from whose book the film was drawn) at about 3:00 in the read more...


A Georgia Son in the Big Apple: The Brit Whittle Interview

A Georgia Son in the Big Apple The Brit Whittle Interview By James Calemine Acting is a rough trade. Few attain moments on the silver screen. The streets of Hollywood and New York are paved with bones of dead aspirant thespians. Georgia read more...


My Year of Scary Movies: (Part 8) Halloween

HALLOWEEN (1978) Directed by John Carpenter Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence By Daniel Hutchens "He came home..."


Michelle Malone Works It Out

Michelle Malone Works It Out  By Jerry Grillo   Watch Michelle Malone on stage, feel the rhythmic wave wash over the crowd, the tangible electric surge of rock and badass blues and sensual, sweaty soul, and it’s difficult to read more...


Going Up The Country: The Sixth Annual Sautee Jamboree

Going Up the Country: It’s Music for the Little Masses as the Sixth Annual Sautee Jamboree Rocks the Hhillsides By Jerry Grillo “I’m gonna leave this city, got to get away; All this fussing and fighting, read more...


Jimmy Hall: Still Smiling, With Plenty of Horsepower

Jimmy Hall Still Smiling, With Plenty of Horsepower By Jerry Grillo Jimmy Hall might write a book some day, and the whole thing will be about that one song, the one that got read more...


My Year of Scary Movies (Part 7): Roman Polanski's Unholy Trinity

My Year of Scary Movies (Part 7) Roman Polanski's Unholy Trinity by Daniel Hutchens Roman Polanski made three horror films over the course of eleven years which have come to be referred to as his “Unholy Trinity” or his read more...


My Year of Scary Movies (Part 6): Satan In the 70s

My Year Of Scary Movies by Daniel Hutchens Part 6: SATAN IN THE 70s Thrills and chills have always been popular entertainment, and of course this series of essays about scary movies I’m writing skips back and forth across several read more...


My Year of Scary Movies: (Part 5): Psycho

My Year Of Scary Movies by Daniel Hutchens Part 5: Psycho (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh


The Secret To A Happy Ending

The Secret To A Happy Ending A Barr Weissmann Documentary (ATO Records) By James Calemine                "The secret to a happy read more...


My Year of Scary Movies (Part 4): My Trip To Meet Fritz

MY YEAR OF SCARY MOVIES by Daniel Hutchens Part 4: My Trip To Meet Fritz “Iʼm just happy Iʼm still able to warp your young minds.”


My Year of Scary Movies: (Part 3): Nite Owl Theatre

MY YEAR OF SCARY MOVIES by Daniel Hutchens Part 3: Nite Owl Theatre “Greetings, Good Groovers.” As a kid I would sometimes visit my older sister Sandi in the summertime. She lived in Athens, Ohio, and one of read more...


My Year of Scary Movies (Part 2): Plan 9 From Outer Space

MY YEAR OF SCARY MOVIES by Daniel Hutchens Part 2: Plan 9 From Outer Space(1958) Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. Starring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira. “You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. read more...


My Year of Scary Movies (Part 1): Bats On My Birthday Cake

MY YEAR OF SCARY MOVIES by Daniel Hutchens Part 1: Bats On My Birthday Cake When I turned six years old, my birthday cake was decorated with bats. Not bats of the baseball variety, but bats with wings. As in vampire bats, as in read more...


The Buzz Around Savannah Bee: The Ted Dennard Interview

The Buzz Around Savannah Bee: The Ted Dennard Interview By James Calemine Ted Dennard's company, Savannah Bee, ranks as one of the most vibrant read more...


Rock and Roll Mommy

Rock and Roll Mommy by Shannon McNally I didn’t recognize the first signs of being pregnant. I mistook them for extreme road weariness. I was in the studio in Lafayette making a record with Mac Rebennack, (also known as


Widespread Panic's Michael Houser: Eight Years Gone

Michael Houser: The Quiet Genius: Eight Years Gone By James Calemine Eight years ago Widespread Panic’s founding guitarist died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 40. It doesn’t seem like eight years since he’s been read more...


Truth And Salvage Company: From the Hills of Carolina To the Hills of California

Truth and Salvage Company: From the Hills of Carolina To The Hills of California By James Calemine The rare collection of songwriters in Truth And Salvage Company originate from Atlanta, New Orleans, Tupelo and Ohio, met in Asheville, North Carolina, read more...


Six Degrees of Swampland: Drive-By Truckers

  The Six Degrees of Swampland: The Drive By Truckers serves as a compendium of all DBT-related read more...


Athens Georgia's Finest: Patterson Hood's 2010 Guitar Pull

Athens Georgia's Finest: Patterson Hood’s 2010 Guitar Pull By James Calemine   A cold wind swirled down the streets of Athens, Georgia, on the evening of February 24. Wednesday night’s Guitar Pull was hosted by read more...


Six Degrees of Swampland: The Dickinson Family

       Jim Dickinson--The High Priest of Memphis Mojo--shines like a beacon of light in the music world. Dickinson’s indelible read more...


Bloodkin Sails with Lynyrd Skynyrd

BLOODKIN SAILS WITH LYNYRD SKYNYRD By Daniel Hutchens Back on January 14,


Memories of Vic Chesnutt By Daniel Hutchens

LISTENING TO A LOT OF LITTLE: MEMORIES OF VIC CHESNUTT By Daniel Hutchens


Bloodkin Gears Up For Christmas, The Shining And A Long Hustle

Bloodkin Gears Up For Christmas, The Shining And A Long Hustle By Daniel Hutchens


Tides and Times

Tides and Times By Michael Gowen


Lisa Love's Soulful Mission for The Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Lisa Love’s Mission To Preserve The Georgia Music Hall of Fame By James Calemine  My old friend


The Endorsement: McIntosh County Smoked Oysters

The Endorsement- In Defense of the Ga. Oyster McIntosh County Smoked Oysters Lately these days, from the high end destination restaurant with celebrity read more...


Chuck Leavell Fall 08 Interview (Part One)

The Chuck Leavell Interview Fall 08 (Part One) "The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the read more...


The Michael Gowen Interview: Kayak Fishing On St. Simons & Coastal Georgia

The Michael Gowen Interview Fall 2009 By James Calemine A couple of weeks ago my old friend and I Michael Gowen conducted this read more...


Widespread Panic's Official 2008 Induction Into Georgia Music Hall of Fame

2008 Widespread Panic Induction Into Georgia Music Hall of Fame By James Calemine (Published in the Official 30th Anniversary Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2008 read more...


Barney Hoskyns' Biography Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

Barney Hoskyns’ Biography The Lowside of The Road: A Life of Tom Waits By James Calemine “Take an eye for an read more...


The "Widespread Panic Archives" Guide

          


The Allman Brothers Band: An Essential Link Through America's Music Generations

by James Calemine   “You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why/You can’t let one precious day slip by…”                    --Gregg read more...


Six Degrees of Swampland: Widespread Panic


It Came from Old Memphis

The Death of Community Activist/Blues Musician Willie King 1943-2009 by Andy Moore In early 2002, I worked a stint at a small, family owned record distributor in Nashville. Nothing too exciting, we had our only sales success with some locally read more...


My Longstanding Love Affair with Guitar Magazines (by William Tonks)

My Long Standing Love Affair with Guitar Magazines By William Tonks I have been enamored with the guitar since I was about 8 or 9. read more...


The Gonzo Tapes: The Life And Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

  


2008 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductions

                                    2008 Georgia Music Hall of Fame


What It Is--Is Swamp Music--Is What It Is

                                   What It Is—Swamp Music—Is What It Is


Chuck Leavell: Rolling Stone & Tree Farmer

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Mystery And Manners' Honorary Southern Artists: Volume One

Mystery And Manners' Honorary Southern Artists Overview: Volume One By James Calemine


Bob Dylan's Renaldo & Clara: Asleep In The Tomb

Bob Dylan’s Lost Classic Renaldo & Clara: Asleep In the Tomb By James Calemine "I've been read more...


Jim Dickinson's All-Star Music & Film

In Jim Dickinson’s first contribution to Swampland/Mystery And Manners, he wrote an indelible piece on Memphis barbecue. For his second installment Dickinson cites his favorite pianists, films and a desert island music stash. The High Priest of Memphis read more...


Widespread Panic: On The Beach

                                       Widespread Panic: On The Beach 


Th' Legendary Shack Shakers: "Treulogizing the Gothic South"

A review of “The Tentshow Trilogy”, consisting of “Believe”, “Pandelirium” and “Swampblood” (All on Yep Roc Records) by Frank Gutch  


Jim Dickinson's Best Memphis Barbecue & Favorite Meals On The Road

When I interviewed the High Priest of Memphis Mojo—Jim Dickinson—I asked him if he’d be interested in submitting his inimitable insight on barbecue, music and movies. Mr. read more...


"Inhale! Inhale! Rock N Roll" by Chris Robinson

INHALE! INHALE! ROCK N ROLL By Chris Robinson Originally Published in New Musical Express July 17, 1993 You pick up the block of read more...


The Appalachian Sounds of Fonotone Records

The Appalachian Sounds of Fonotone Records By James Calemine “I went out in the open field/Black snake bit me on the read more...


Goodbye, Babylon: A Patchwork Quilt of American Music

GOODBYE, BABYLON  A Patchwork Quilt of American Music By James Calemine


A Celebration of The Life & Work of Paul Hemphill

A Celebration of The Life & Work of Paul Hemphill By James Calemine "I was ridin' number nine Headin' south from Caroline


St. Simons Island: Seaside Reckoning

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The Divine Spark of Sly & The Family Stone

   By James Calemine   


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Mack's Barbecue, Brunswick, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Mack’s Barbecue 2809 Glynn read more...


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Sticky Fingers, Chattanooga, TN

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. Sticky Fingers 420 Broad Street Chattanooga, read more...


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Swallow on the Hill, Roswell, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Swallow on the Hill 1072 Green read more...


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Wilson's Soul Food, Athens, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Wilson’s Soul Food 351 read more...


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Weaver D's, Athens, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Weaver D’s


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Daddy's Country Kitchen, Acworth, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Daddy’s Country Kitchen


Never Ending Soul Food Tour - Fatt Matt's Rib Shack, Atlanta, GA

James Calemine’s “Never Ending Soul Food Tour” includes documented visits to barbecue joints, catfish dens, chicken shacks and any establishment serving memorable vittles. All photos by James Calemine. Fatt Matt’s Rib Shack read more...


Reflections on Willie Nelson: The Complete Atlantic Sessions

WILLIE NELSON: THE COMPLETE ATLANTIC SESSIONS …A JOURNEY TO THE RESERVOIR OF AMERICAN COUNTRY & SOUL… by James Calemine “If America had one voice, it would be Willie’s…” - Emmylou read more...


Reflections on Gram Parsons: The Complete Reprise Sessions

GRAM PARSONS - THE COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS by James Calemine “In my hour of darkness, in my hour of need Oh Lord grant me vision oh Lord grant me speed.” (from Return of the Grievous read more...


Immortal Blues - In Memoriam: Chris Whitley

IMMORTAL BLUES - IN MEMORIAM: CHRIS WHITLEY 1960-2005 by James Calemine There’s a dirt floor Underneath here To receive us When changes fail May this shovel Loose your trouble Lay them


The Georgia Sea Island Singers - Preserving Coastal Music Traditions

The Georgia Sea Island Singers Preserving Coastal Music Traditions By James Calemine Spring 2006 After four decades, Frankie and Doug Quimby continue to travel the world as the Georgia Sea Island Singers, read more...


Sam Shepard Stars in "Don't Come Knocking"

  The Electric Cowboy Stars In Wim Wenders' Latest Film by James Calemine December '05 Sam Shepard’s career epitomizes the rugged soul of America’s West. The award read more...


Breakfast With Hunter

Breakfast With Hunter: A Film By Wayne Ewing Starring Dr. Hunter S. Thompson by James Calemine Feb. 2005 “There may be flies on you and me, but there are no flies on Jesus.” read more...


Sam Peckinpah

The Furious Legacy of an American Maverick by James Calemine December read more...


Mudcat: Shake 'Em On Down

MUDCAT: SHAKE ‘EM ON DOWN By James Calemine October 2004 Daniel “Mudcat” Dudeck sits in a wooden chair on the small stage playing Blind Willie McTell’s read more...


Drive-By Truckers: Southern (Dis)Comfort

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Southern (Dis)Comfort: It’s Only Rock and Roll by James Calemine   I “People need trouble——a little frustration to sharpen the read more...


Johnny Neel: Mr. Soul

Johnny Neel: Mr. Soul by James Calemine “Smokestack Lightning Shining just like Gold.” Howlin’ Wolf You can’t teach soul. Johnny Neel ranks as one of the country’s most read more...


The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

A deluge of Townes Van Zandt releases flood the market since his death on January 1, 1997. A bitter legal battles ensues over Van Zandt's prolific song catalogue. Various related projects recently became available such as Norah Jones' Handsome Band: Live 2004, Margaret Brown's read more...


Bloodkin: Cutthroat Blues

Bloodkin Cutthroat Blues by James Calemine The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.


Stanley Booth: Can I Get A Witness

Can I Get A Witness The True Adventures of Stanley Booth By James Calemine Winter 2000 Jack Kerouac was a writer. That is, he wrote. Many people who call themselves writers and have their names on books aren’t read more...


Farther Down The Road with Taj Mahal

Farther Down The Road with Taj Mahal By James Calemine Taj Mahal remains a craftsman of many musical styles. His career reveals a vast scope submerged within traditions of roots music. This year Columbia released four Taj Mahal read more...


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