Radio Free Dixie (or, de Dirty South Broke-down)

May 8, 2009, 4:30 pmMay 9, 2009, 6:00 pm
McCosh Hall, Room 50



Event Description

A Symposium on New South Sounds and Culture

Musicians, artists, scholars and critics celebrate the sounds and culture of the New South at a symposium Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, in McCosh Hall, Room 50 and Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, examining rock musicians, artists, scholars, politicians, spiritual figures and critics that emerged from the American Southeast during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The symposium also marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Allman Brothers Band, the influential Southern music group. Symposium participants will examine the significance of the vanguard art of the Allman Brothers and the generation of Southern postmodernists inspired by them.

The event is presented by the Program in American Studies and organized by music critic and 2008-09 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies Kandia Crazy Horse.


Friday, May 8

4:30 p.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50
Keynote Address
  • Stanley Booth
    Booth, author of The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones and Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South, pays tribute to the late Jerry Wexler, the legendary Atlantic Records music producer who worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Led Zeppelin.

Saturday, May 9

10 a.m. to noon, McCosh Hall, Room 50
  • Camara Holloway
    Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Delaware
  • Arthur Jafa Fielder
    Filmmaker; cinematographer for the movies Crooklyn and Daughters of the Dust
  • Ned Sublette
    Musician; author of The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
  • Charles Hughes
    Doctoral student in history, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1:15 to 3:30 p.m., Taplin Auditorium
(Not Just) Knee-Deep in the Briarpatch: A Roundtable on Southern Music and Pop Culture
  • Stanley Booth
    Music journalist
  • Kandia Crazy Horse
    Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies
  • Jonathan Wilson
    Co-founder of the North Carolina band Muscadine
  • Jennifer Herrema
    Leader of the rock band RTX
  • Ernest Hardy
    Award-winning arts critic, L.A. Weekly
  • Craig Street
    Grammy award-winning record producer
4 p.m., Taplin Auditorium
Live Music
  • Jonathan Wilson
    Co-founder of the North Carolina band Muscadine
  • Program in American Studies
  • Center for African American Studies
  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Department of Music