Abner Jay, Born Entertainer

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...
The Transfiguration of Southern Rock

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...
Are Southern Rockers Still Doing It Again?

Are Southern Rockers Still Doing It Again?

Baby Boomers Search for Their Southland Jams In 1975, Charlie Daniels’ hit single “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” dominated FM radio and announced Southern Rock’s commercial rule over the late 70s. Not only did Southern Rock shred its way through Dixie but also...