blues, bluegrass, gospel and early country will be on tap Saturday,
Dec. 4, at the fall 2004 edition of the popular Roots Reunion concert
The concert, a production of The University of Southern
Mississippi's Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, will
be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.
Free and open to the public, the show is the continuation
of a successful series of live radio shows and concerts featuring
traditional south Mississippi artists.
Highlighting an exciting mix of regional music, the
program will be broadcast live on south Mississippi's public radio
station based at Southern Miss, WUSM, 88.5 FM. Hot food will be
served starting at 6 p.m. for the benefit of the Southern Miss Feral
"We pride ourselves on presenting an exciting
sample of the traditional music of South Mississippi," says
Chris Goertzen, ethnomusicologist at Southern Miss and Roots Reunion
programming consultant. "Roots Reunion showcases older traditions
and forms that may be new to us but are traditional elsewhere or
based on tradition in fascinating ways."
The program, headlined by folk rocker Cary Hudson,
promises to continue a Roots Reunion tradition of featuring some
of the finest artists in Mississippi. The former front man for Blue
Mountain, Hudson now performs solo, blending blues with mountain
music in a style all his own.
The show will also feature bluegrass music by Hurricane
Creek, inspirational gospel by the Holy Gospel Singers, fiddling
by Danny Roy Lindsey, and electric blues by T-Bone Pruitt.
The Patchwork String Band brings a much older style
of music to the stage with its old-time country and string numbers.
The group of South Mississippians forms the house band, opening
and closing the show.
"Roots Reunion is becoming a South Mississippi
institution. The performers continue to get stronger and the audiences
are better each time," said Stephen Sloan, assistant director
of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. "We look
forward to the shows as much as anyone. It's a treat for the center
to bring this to the community."
Roots Reunion is sponsored by the Mississippi
Arts Commission, the Purple Parrot Café and Crescent City
Grill, and the Southern Miss Center for Oral History and Cultural
Heritage, Department of History and School of Music. For more information,