Though I haven’t been around here lately I have been busy and I’m going to take a few off this week, which will prolong the hiatus of regularly scheduled blogging. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves. Some items to get us started.
- Eric Phillips has left Mark Trammel Trio.
- Bob Terrell has died. I learned of this while I was deep in the stacks of the Popular Music Archive, quit literally with Terrell’s book in a stack of references I regularly drew from as I was working. Terrell’s work is not without its problems as history (for instance, I think he centralizes the Vaughan narrative more than the historical record justifies), but his work was part of a first-wave of publications that proved there was a sustainable line of interesting inquiry here, placing him among a small pioneering group of non-specialist writers who essentially invented southern gospel history as a subject of sustained focus. RIP, Bob.
- Living Waters Trio may or may not have disbanded. Their website doesn’t seem to be working, at any rate.
- I’ve just spent the weekend at an academic conference on the study of religion and American culture, where one recurring theme was how to meaningfully capture the immediacy and experiential (as opposed to documentary) dimension of lived religion. And then today sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for my car to the airport, I saw this clip from Adam Edwards. It’s the Perrys in Sevierville. You’ll want to watch the entire thing.
And I think I’ll just leave it at that for now.Email this Post