Mississippi Arts Hour
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Bronwynne Brent
Larry Morrisey talks with singer-songwriter Bronwynne Brent. The Greenville native has just released “Undercover,” her third album. It was recorded at the legendary Daptone Studio in New York City and features members the band The Reigning Sound.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Tutwiler Quilters
As part of The Mississippi Arts Commission’s series of interviews featuring the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards, Melody Moody Thortis focuses on the work of the Tutwiler Quilters; known nationally for their quilts, potholders, placemats and purses.During the pandemic, the group transitioned to making masks for local hospitals and others in need. This year the Tutwiler Quilters are being honored for the Arts in Community and on behalf of the quilters, Melody spoke to the Executive Director of the Tutwiler Community Education Center, Melanie Powell.Photo credit: Rory Doyle
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Mississippi Folklife
Larry Morrisey and his Arts Commission colleague Maria Zeringue discuss the online publication Mississippi Folklife; a MAC project documenting the state’s present-day cultural heritage.Three Mississippi Folklife contributors are featured.Vish Shenoy, a sitar player based in Clinton, MS; Addie Citchens, the author of two essays about Clarksdale and Oxford-based artist, Lee Harper, creator of a diorama project called History Bones.
The Mississippi Arts Hour | Brian Foster
Sarah Story, the new Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, interviews sociologist and storyteller Dr. Brian Foster about his new book “I Don’t Like the Blues: Race, Place & the Backbeat of Black Life.” An account of Foster’s five years of research in Clarksdale, the book explores the life of Black citizens, their relationship to the blues and blues tourism, and the inequalities that still exist in the rural South. They also discuss his path to becoming a sociologist, the power of place, and his influences growing up in Mississippi.