Friday, October 6, 2017
RED VEIN ARMY's macabre haunted house attraction at the Hanover Vegetable Farm is a few cuts above your normal spook fest. Read my Richmond Magazine piece on this bone-chilling Halloween stop by going here.
And for more on RED VEIN ARMY, a group of inspired frighteners who prompt goose pimples all year with special events, run right here.
(Photo by Richard Bailey / Red Vein Army)
Monday, October 2, 2017
The roots music trio were as steeped in the ways of traditional and modern country as they were in R&B and gospel. But when Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon passed away within months of each other, surviving member Sherman Holmes had to find a new sound and way of working.
Now available online, my July-August Virginia Living Magazine music column, which is about Sherman's journey, his excellent new album (produced in Richmond by state folklorist Jon Lohman), and how a veteran musician can reinvent himself and his music at an advanced age.
Read "Last Man Standing" by going to the VL website right here
For more on the Sherman Holmes Project, go to this place.
And to read my Virginia Living profile of Jon Lohman and the Virginia Foundation For the Humanities Folklife Program, click this spot.
(Photo by the mighty Pat Jarrett!)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The dogged community activist who helped launch low-power radio in Richmond with WRIR 97.3 FM (where you can find my radio show, Open Source RVA, every Friday at noon) is working on five limited-range frequencies in Virginia and Maryland, including a new station in Midlothian called The Work 93.9 FM that just began airing this past week.
Read my Richmond Magazine interview with Maxwell, and find our more about low-power radio, by clicking right here.
(Yeah, I know the article is from December. I forgot to post it. So sue me.)
(Photo by the mighty Jay Paul!)
Monday, August 28, 2017
Even after five decades of music making, the self-taught virtuoso says that he "can't let go" of the guitar. "It isn't love," he says. "It's more like possession."
My recent Richmond Magazine interview with Kottke, slated to appear at the Tin Pan in September, has been posted to the magazine's web site.
Get it right here.
For an expanded interview I conducted with Kottke a few years ago for Style Weekly, click here.
For more on the music of Leo Kottke, go here.
(Photo courtesy of the Tin Pan)
Brewing up mountain dew has been a family tradition for Boyd, who learned how to cook up homemade whiskey from his brother, who learned it from his daddy. “There’s something ‘mother about making it that just draws a person to it,” he says. “It’s almost like it’s habit forming, just like drinking it.”
My in-depth Q&A with Mr. Boyd, where he reveals the secrets of making illegal whiskey and recounts his clashes with revenuers and spying neighbors, has been published in the latest edition of Savor Virginia magazine.
Read "The Last of the Old-Time Moonshiners" by going right here.
And for more on the history of moonshine in Virginia, visit the Blue Ridge Institute's page right here.
(Photo by the mighty Pat Jarrett at the Virginia Foundation For the Humanities!)
In 1914, when Virginians voted to completely ban alcohol -- three years ahead of national Prohibition—it was the start of an ambitious social experiment that seems worlds away from our experience today, as Virginia now wholly embraces wineries, craft breweries, distilleries and all things hooch.
My Savor Virginia feature article on the Library of Virginia's intoxicating (and, considering the changing times, ironic) exhibit, "Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled," has been posted to the magazine's website.
Click here and drink up.
And for more on this excellent Library of Virginia exhibit, and related events, go right here.
(Broadside photo: The Library of Virginia)
Sunday, August 27, 2017
But, first, some things need to get sorted out between the new owners and the dedicated volunteers who have been maintaining and documenting the sites for years.
Read my Richmond Magazine story, "Uncovering the Dead," by clicking here.
(Photo by the mighty Brian Palmer)