Dr. Beth McGinnis, musicology professor at Samford University, explores the rich stories and music of her home state in this podcast. Seasons 2 and 3 coming summer 2021.
Episode 4: Perry County Band Partnership: "Music breaks the human down to the simplest form."
Dr. Beth McGinnis and her students at Samford University interview two of the band directors and one of the school principals in Perry County, Alabama about the Perry County Band Partnership.
Episode 3: Provewell Baptist Church: "When they throw it out you just have to return it."
Dr. Beth McGinnis interviews Mrs. Frances Ford and Dr. Pilar Murphy about the music, history, and people of Provewell Baptist Church in Sprott, Alabama.
Episode 2: "Spiritual Nutrients"
Dr. Beth McGinnis speaks with Lloyd Bricken, a Birmingham-based scholar, actor, and musician who partnered with Brazilian scholars and performers to create Crossroads, an exploration of African diasporic music and poetry from Alabama and Brazil.
Episode 1: "The Song Was Moving through Them"
Dr. Beth McGinnis interviews Lloyd Bricken, co-director of The Great Crossroads Project, a group that explored and performed African diasporic poetry and music from Alabama and Brazil.
Season 1 Trailer
In Season One of Hear in Alabama, Dr. Beth McGinnis explores the rich musical traditions of Perry County: African diasporic music from Alabama and Brazil, the music of Provewell Baptist Church in Sprott, and the marching bands of Francis Marion School in Marion and Robert C. Hatch School in Uniontown. Coming September 2020.