Archive for July, 2006

Another repost from my musical pilgrimage through the Deep South in summer 2006. This item was posted Tuesday, July 4, after I made my roundabout way back from Texas through Hank Williams country in central Alabama.

Sunday’s drive was a marathon along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts and into Alabama. Right as I got into cajun country at Lafayette, the rain started pouring down so hard that it was hard to see the road. I think I missed a lot of beautiful country driving through that rainstorm. By the time the rain let up, all the place names that are familiar to me from James Lee Burke’s great mystery novels (set in nearby New Iberia) — Iberville, Evangeline, Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge — had gone by.

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Sugarcane Collins — A Flashback (2006)

In: Miscellany, Travel

Another in a series of reposts from my 2006 roadtrip through the Mississippi Delta to Houston and back.

I just ran across his business card in my wallet and realized I had completely neglected to mention this guy … Andy “Sugarcane” Collins, bluesman from Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Like Mick “Crocodile” Dundee or John “Babbacombe” Lee, he has a middle name that tells of who he is and what he has done.

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Troubadour Blues is a feature-length documentary that explores the fascinating world of traveling singer-songwriters. We see them in a variety of situations: impromptu performances, concert stages, formal and informal interviews and songwriting sessions. This is a story that needs to be heard. In our media-saturated age of instant pop stardom, there is real danger that the tradition of the itinerant working musician -- the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly -- is being diluted or lost. Troubadour Blues explores the hidden corners of our culture, where honest, authentic songs reflecting the human experience are still being made up and sung.

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