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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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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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 captainĀ 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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Monet on the Tennessee

Claude Monet, the famous French painter, more concerned with painting the impossible than painting in the established realists’ point of view, turned the art world on its head with his painting entitled, “Impression, Sunrise.” He strove to capture the air, the light, the atmosphere. He saw the world differently. Monet faced criticism and rejection. Ultimately […]

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