Thanks for your patience…
It has been a busy few months in audio doc land. Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to:
1) The War Stories of Happy Valley did get published to a CD. You can buy a copy here,
This was a work-for-hire piece so I am not making any money on the sale of the CD; however, it has quite a few interesting stories, including one about the legend of Tom Dooley. So definitely check it out.
2) Barry and I made our second interviewing trip to New Orleans, which he has blogged pretty extensivel. Sadly, it was our last extended trip down to Louisiana, for a while anyway. Most of the interviews are done. For the next few months I will be logging tape and, with Barry, creating the script and producing two one-hour radio docs on South Louisiana blues.
3) You may have gotten to this blog (well, actually an archive) by seeing the link at AARP’s Truckin’ My Blues Away . Barry and I co-wrote and co-produced that piece and it is the first major feature-length work we have produced together. From the blurb:
“This music-rich hour-long special introduces listeners to the stories and sounds of four older Southern bluesmenâ€”and to the efforts of Tim Duffy, founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, to help lift these musicians from poverty and obscurity.
The musicians cover a wide swath of the South: Boo Hanks from Virgilina, Va.; Captain Luke from Winston-Salem, N.C.; Eddie Tigner from Atlanta; and Little Freddie King from New Orleans. In their own words and performances, these men bring us the story of a music, an era and a culture that are uniquely American.”
The program is co-produced and co-written by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman, who traveled around the South collecting interviews and field recordings of the musicians. Yeoman, who co-produced our Gracie Award-winning program “Picking Up the Pieces,” narrates.”
If you have not heard Truckin’, please take some time to listen to it and let me know what you think: http://www.aarp.org/content/aarp/en/home/aarp/broadcast/aarp_radio/radio_prime_time/articles/truckin_special.html