Storytelling in Songs

“Ode to Billy Joe” is one of the most popular and mysterious stories told in song. It’s Bobbie Gentry’s sad tale about Billy Joe McAllister, who jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Here’s the verse that has caused much speculation:  Mama said to me, “Child what’s happened to your appetite?   I been cookin’ all mornin’ and […]

South Alabama—No Cultural Desert Part 2

Eighteen miles south of Wetumpka, Alabama, the Coosa and the Tallapoosa merge to form the Alabama River just north of the state capital of Montgomery.  This city, founded on the site where Native American tribes once flourished on both sides of the river, is steeped in Civil War and civil rights history.  Home to the […]