Wailing River

When I was first curious about the Alabama music industry, I had just met Rick Hall down in Montgomery. He wasn’t very nice, but was no doubt interesting. I found a string, and pulled it. I followed it. I went down the rabbit hole. It took me a few years, but I was waiting on […]

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The River and Waters

In my book “Telling Hands” I talk about how I grew up playing in the River. We swam and fished and camped on the river. We had family gatherings on the Tennessee. It’s where I learned to swim and was baptized. You see, Town Creek, Lake Guntersville, and the Tennessee River all come together right […]

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Freedom and Slavery

Yesterday, my sons and I had a long discussion about our family tree. I think its very cool and works as a great teaching tool when it comes to learning about history. The early colonial Americans caught Native Americans, caged them like Animals and shipped them overseas as slaves. This is a point of slavery […]

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State of the Region

I’d like to call this address a state of northeast Alabama: “The Little Smokies” Dekalb Tourism could do a lot more. And instead of only focusing on Fort Payne’s multi-year, completely dis-functional efforts of a nightlife scene riddled with self interest, ignorance, close-mindedness, and greed, we could stop doing the same old things that have […]

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As She Lay Dying

  Maw grew up around here. She had seen a lot. She had lived a life and was one of the strongest and meanest women I have ever known. As She Lay Dying… It was after her stroke. On Ancient Cherokee land. Her own son, as she lay dying… planned how to make more out […]

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Cherokee History: We’re Still Here

Have you seen my Cherokee version of the Gadsden Flag? GADSDEN FLAG HISTORY Gadsden began his rise to prominence as a merchant and patriot in Charleston. He prospered as a merchant, and built the wharf in Charleston that still bears his name. He was captain of a militia company during a 1759 expedition against the Cherokee. […]

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The Legend of Granny Dollar

Have you heard of Granny Dollar? I had heard of her many times, but never knew the whole story; until today. A nice man named Don Hall from Geraldine, AL shared a Landmarks of DeKalb county booklet with me all about Granny Dollar. She was a fascinating Cherokee woman born in Buck’s Pocket as Nancy […]

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The Cherokee: Not A Plains People

Alright, so sit back and listen as I blow off some steam. I went for a drive this morning to check on my mountain. The rain was moving in, and I wanted to see what developments had actually occurred since the announced partial closure of our local state park, Buck’s Pocket. I drove myself the 2 miles […]

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