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The Grayson Capps Interview: The Zen of Grayson Capps

The Zen of Grayson Capps By James Calemine From wonder into wonder existence opens. Lao Tzu Grayson Capps was driving somewhere on Alabama's Gulf Coast when I called him last Thursday. The following day, he began to tour in read more...

Alabamian Lilly Ledbetter and the Fair Pay Restoration Act

by Penne J. Laubenthal Six months ago today President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay read more...

Clay Travis, an Email Conversation

with Jim Markel As founder of Swampland.com, I don't often get a chance to step out from behind the scenes.  The inspiration to do so came when my sister in law gave me Dixieland Delight by Clay read more...

The John M. Barry Interview

Mr. John M. Barry is the Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier universities. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including

Jeff Kazee Interview

                                          Jeff Kazee’s Southern Soul

Conversations with Alabama Filmmaker Max Shores

by Penne J. Laubenthal Max Shores, a native of Winfield, Alabama, is a thirty-year veteran of documentary production. His documentaries tell compelling stories about life in the southeastern

Funky Donnie Fritts: The GRITZ Interview

 by Eric Gebhardt There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over. Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, read more...

Billy Bob Thornton in Florence, Alabama

by Penne J. Laubenthal Severe weather warnings had been issued for North Alabama when I made my way to Florence for the Friday afternoon session of the 11th Annual George Lindsey Film Festival featuring

Deryle Perryman and Dangerous Highway, a Film About Eddie Hinton

by Penne J. Laubenthal Dangerous Highway is an amazing documentary about the life and music of the incredibly talented and tragically fated Eddie Hinton, called the "greatest unknown

The Sounds of David Barbe

                                      THE SOUNDS OF DAVID BARBE 

Logan Smalley: Creator and Director of Darius Goes West

In 2005 Logan Smalley, a special education major at the University of Georgia-Athens, undertook a venture that would change his life, not to mention the lives of those who view his amazing film. Smalley rented a handicapped accessible RV, recruited ten

Way Down South With John Sayles

Way Down South with John Sayles By James Calemine John Sayles’ films command respect. His latest film, Honeydripper, takes read more...

Interview with Charles Ghigna

by Penne J. Laubenthal Charles Ghigna (aka Father Goose) is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 30 award-winning books of poetry. His books have been featured on ABC-TV’s "Good Morning America" and read more...

Troy Johnson, (Columbus, GA) Ledger-Enquirer

Joe Biddle, (Nashville) Tennessean

Ron Higgins, (Memphis) Commerical Appeal

Phillip Quinn Morris

  Phillip Quinn Morris, author of Mussels and

Cassandra King

Alabama native Cassandra King is not only the wife of author Pat Conroy, but she is also a celebrated novelist in her own right. She is currently touring the South to promote her most recent novel

Bonnie Bramlett

Don't You Remember You Told Me You Loved Me Baby? A Conversation with Bonnie Bramlett by Jill McLane Smith Summer 2000 From her work with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, to her friendships with a who's-who of '60's and read more...

Dick Cooper

On and Off the Road with Dick Cooper by Mitch Lopate 2000 Dick Cooper wears many hats: music museum curator, band road manager, free-lance writer and photographer, motorcycle racer, traveler, martial arts disciple and read more...

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