Abner Jay, Born Entertainer

The last working minstrel in America was also its first independent recording artist. Decades before independent recording grew into a techno-cultural wave and a bounty of self-produced CDs, Abner Jay recorded and produced eight LP albums and sold them out of a...

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The Transfiguration of Southern Rock

From Humble Origins to Global Connections American summers have long been filled with tunes connected to the South. Elvis Presley’s first single, “That’s All Right,” was released in July 1954. In the late 60’s, the summers of love, sun, urban riots, and war protests...

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