Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Songwriters in the Round Symposium & Celebration of Mississippi's Musical Heritage

My sister called me and said her boss had won tickets to the Singer/Songwriter concert. I said, oh, the workshop thing Chris Ethridge was part of? She read me what was on the tickets...Admission to Sparkle and Twang (already saw it with Marty Stuart himself present) Songwriters in the Round Concerts on Friday night, Aug. 20 at the Riley Arts Center. Oh! I was planning on going to that... great! Plus, the symposium on Mississippi's Musical Heritage on Saturday. I had no idea what a treat I was in for until I got to the concert Friday night. The only word that comes to my mind is awesome!  Meridian native Don Poythress, Steve Dean from Little Rock, Arkansas (now in Nashville) and Walt Aldridge from the musically famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama are amazing songwriters, as well as very talented musicians. They played many of their hit songs, but I will mention a few of my favorites that they performed. Don Poythress’ “You Remain” recorded in 2002 by Willie Nelson, Bonnie Rait and Cheryl Crow (what poetry!) and the soon to be released cowboy/Christian song “That’s Where Jesus Is.” Of course, “A Little More Country than That,” Easton Corbin, brought the house down. Steve Dean’s songs included “Southern Star,” Alabama, “Round About Way,” George Strait, and a song even children know, “Watching You,” Rodney Atkins. For more of Steve’s songs, visit his myspace page. Walt Aldridge contributed greatly to the concert with an awesome collection of his hit songs including “I Loved her First,” (which made me cry), Heartland, “Holding Her and Loving You,” Earl Thomas Conley, “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” Travis Tritt, and “There’s No Gettin’ Over Me,” Ronnie Milsaps. Walt also interjected humor during his songs and stories about songwriting. I loved every minute and every song. What a treat!

Walt Aldridge and Wynne
Saturday's Symposium featured discussions with a panel composed of Barry Mazor, author of Meeting Jimmie Rodgers, Scott Barretta, host of Highway 61 Blues Show on Mississippi Public Radio who also teaches at Ole Miss, Elliott Thomas from MDA and Dr. Edgar Smith who is a member of the Blues Commission, an interview with Chris Ethridge, bass and songwriter legend, and 81 year old L.C. Ulmer, the highlight of my day. This captivating man actually had duct tape on his guitar... why? I didn't ask. For pictures and to read more about this charming, talented man, click here.

Scott Barretta (holding The Flying Burritos Album) and Chris Ethridge
L.C. Ulmer

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Comeback to Fried Green Things...

Katie, Regina, Wynne, Pat, Richelle
Saturday night, Aug. 7 after the MWG Conference in Vicksburg, we had a delicious supper at Duff's Restaurant. The atmosphere was candlelight-rustic, with interesting artwork to feast our eyes upon while waiting for our wonderful meal. I had the ribeye steak, garlic potatoes and steamed veggies. Pat had pecan encrusted catfish. Others had vegetarian dishes and linguine. But the real surprise treat came before the meal. Duff's Restaurant showed our facilitators some real Mississippi hospitality with an appetizer tray of smoked salmon and fried pickles. That's right, FRIED PICKLES! Now I don't fry much of anything anymore, but I will never turn down fried dill pickles. Our New York facilitators--Regina Brooks, Founder and President of Serendipity and Katie McHugh, Executive Director of Da Capo Lifelong Books, had never heard of fried pickles. We then got into the discussion of fried green things and how it's not healthy to fry anything anymore when I admitted I did like to fry up some fried green tomatoes, fresh out of my daddy's garden, topped with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. My sauce of choice is Pepper Ranch dressing. My New Orleans theatre friends, however, prefer Comeback sauce. What is that? Regina wanted to know. Then, to my surprise, a couple of my fellow Mississippian dinner partners had never heard of the sauce either! For all the Yankees (and Southerners) who don't know, Comeback sauce is a combination of 1,000 Island dressing and remoulade sauce to be used on french fries, deep fried vegetables (like pickles or tomatoes), chicken, seafood, beef or salads. According to the Clarion Ledger "It is the Queen Mother of all Mississippi condiments." For recipes to Comeback Sauce, Fried Pickles and Fried Green Tomatoes, please click here.

Rachelle, Dr. Allan Brown, Lauretta, Hester, Katie, Regina

To read more about the MWG Conference, click here

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Poets for Living Waters Poem

by Sandra Howard

My poem, Drilling Disaster, won 1st Place in the 2010 Grandmother Earth Contest, Environmental Division. It will appear in Grandmother Earth XVII. The poem first appeared in the Open Mic section of Poets for Living Waters, but can be found more easily here where you may also view Sandra Howard's amazing pictures that inspired me to write!

Reprinted from Poets for Living Waters:

Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action in response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. Former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky describes the popularity of poetry after 9/11 as a turn away from the disaster’s overwhelming enormity to a more manageable individual scale. As we confront the magnitude of this recent tragedy, such a return may well aid us.

You may also post the link to your poem posted on your blog at the We Write Poems blog

About Me

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Wynne Huddleston is a poet, musician and teacher. Her first book of poetry, From the Depths of Red Bluff, ISBN: 978-0-9840483-2-8, published by the Mississippi Poetry Society, Inc., is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ms. Huddleston is the Mississippi Poetry Society 2014 Poet of the Year. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including the Birmingham Arts Journal, Camroc Press Review, Stymie Magazine, Danse Macabre, Orange Room Review, New Fairy Tales Anthology, Ink, Sweat & Tears, and Four and Twenty. Her poem, Same Stars, Different Houses received a Pushcart Nomination from Deep South Magazine. Awards include the 2013 MPS Award, and Winner of the Grandmother Earth National Contest 2010 for Environmental Poetry. Ms. Huddleston was born in Lone Star, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi most of her life. She has been an elementary music teacher for 25 years, and has 2 grown sons, and 2 grandchildren. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984048324/