Acoustic blues, bluegrass, gospel, and early country will be on
tap November 1st at the fall 2003 edition of the popular Roots Reunion
- a production of the University of Southern Mississippi's Center
for Oral History and Cultural Heritage - will be held from 7-9 p.m.
at the Interaction Factory (formerly Walthall school), 601 Court
The show, which
is free and open to the public, is the continuation of a successful
series of live radio shows and concerts featuring traditional South
Mississippi artists. It will be broadcast live on South Mississippi's
public radio station based at Southern Miss, WUSM, 88.5 FM. Hot
food also will be served starting at 6 p.m. for the benefit of the
USM Feral Cat Association.
The fall show
will feature an exciting mix of music - including acoustic blues
by local legend "T-Bone" Pruitt; Bluegrass by the Larry
Wallace band, Old-time fiddling with George Cecil McLeod, Gospel
with The New Additions; and early country by the Patchwork String
Band. The program is hosted by Public Radio Mississippi emcee Kevin
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
showcases both older traditions and forms that may be new to us,
but are traditional elsewhere or based on tradition in fascinating
Pruitt is part of a long tradition of bluesman to come out of southern
Mississippi. Renown for his acoustic blues, Pruitt has played with
such greats as played with artists such as the Five Royales, Bo
Diddley, Ivory Joe Hunter, and Ernie K-Doe.
brings his bluegrass group, The Larry Wallace Band to the Roots
Reunion stage this fall. From southwest Misssissippi, Larry is recognized
as one of the top banjo players in the state. The group promises
to continue a Roots tradition of showcasing some of the finest bluegrass
artists in the Mississippi.
the Roots Reunion stage this fall is a long-time favorite of the
show, George Cecil McLeod, Jr. Known as the "Fiddling Senator,"
Mr. McLeod served in the Mississippi senate and has had a musical
career spanning seven decades. His skill on the fiddle has been
widely recognized. As Bill Monroe once noted, "I like his fiddle
playing; it's a good Mississippi style. People respect him at the
Grand Ole Opry, he treats his audience right."
first appearance at Roots Reunion, The New Additions promise to
become an instant crowd favorite. This locally based quartet promises
a rousing and uplifting performance of traditional gospel.
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
form the house band, opening and closing the show. Returning to
the Roots Reunion stage, David McCoy's skill of the harmonica will
also be featured during the November 1st performance.
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.
"We look forward to the shows as much as anyone. It's a treat
for the center to bring this to the community."
is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Purple Parrot
Café and Crescent City Grill, the Center for Oral History
and Cultural Heritage at Southern Miss, the USM Department of History
and the USM School of Music. For more information, call 266-4574.