Music

Muscle Shoals Musician Johnny Wyker Dies in Decatur at 68

Southern Journal – By Glynn Wilson – The last time I saw Johnny Wyker it was 1986 and Eddie Hinton was still alive, living in an apartment above the Wyker family hardware store in Decatur, Alabama. At that time Wyker was living in a sailboat on the Tennessee River until a few days before I…

The 2011 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House

The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors were bestowed on five giants from the world of the arts — not just for a single role or a certain performance, but for a lifetime of greatness. The recipients, Yo Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond and Sonny Rollins, were honored at the White House in December.

Neil Young Thinks Alabama Has a Wheel in the Ditch Again

“Alabama” Oh Alabama The devil fools with the best laid plan. Swing low Alabama You got spare change You got to feel strange And now the moment is all that it meant. Alabama, you got the weight on your shoulders That’s breaking your back. Your Cadillac has got a wheel in the ditch And a…

Hymn For Her: A Traveling Band to Check Out

We were just made aware of the existence of this interesting act, Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing are “Hymn For Her.” They live, travel around the country and record in a 16 foot, 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer. They also make some of their own instruments, including a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box guitar. Check out some…

Earth Day Events Planned Along Gulf Coast

Earth Day events are planned all along the Gulf Coast this weekend, and they will hold special significance this year on the one year anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. An Earth Day party will be held Friday from noon till 4 p.m. at The Hangout in Gulf Shores with…

Drive-By Truckers: The Go-Go Boots – Episode 4: Eddie Hinton

See the Love for Soul Singer Eddie Hinton The Secret To A Happy Ending I new Eddie Hinton. Partied with Eddie Hinton. Wrote about Eddie Hinton, in Decatur, Alabama, in the mid-1980s. Patterson Hood and crew made a series of mini-documentaries related to the various themes and influences the band explores on their next album,…

The Southern Magazine That Won’t Go Away

The Oxford American‘s 12th annual Southern Music edition — with 176 pages and a CD with 26 songs featuring music from Alabama — is now available in bookstores and newsstands nationwide, if anybody visits those kinds of places anymore. This is the second year that The Oxford American‘s Southern Music Issue focuses on the musical…

The True Story Behind Amazing Grace

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson William Wilberforce, the British politician and philanthropist who is credited with ending the slave trade in Great Britain, spent his entire adult life dedicated to “creating a better world,” according to his biographies and the movie Amazing Grace. So his story is important to know for anyone with similar…

Bluesman Topper Price Remembered

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By Glynn Wilson – Blues harp player and singer Topper Price, one of Alabama’s more interesting musicians and characters, died Wednesday night at his apartment on the Southside of Birmingham. He was 54 and was about to release his third solo album. The official cause of his death has not been released by the Jefferson…