Arts & Culture

   As part of their South Bound Lectures series, the Southern Lit Alliance is bringing Adrian Matejka to Chattanooga on Wednesday, February 10th.  In this interview, Matejka talks about The Big Smoke, his Pulitzer-nominated (and National Book Award-nominated) collection of poetry about Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion.

The Rock City 4 are one of two barbershop harmony quartets available to sing for your valentine. They will come to his or her place of work or home, sing them a song chosen by you and present them with a rose and a box of chocolates. Richard Winham joined them in the studio as each member of the quartet sang his favorite song.

WUTC Sessions, Episode 2: Marty Bohannon

Jan 29, 2016

WUTC Sessions, Episode 2: Marty Bohannon

Marty Bohannon performed "Smoke & Ashes" during a live interview at WUTC 88.1 FM.  This video was recorded during Richard Winham's afternoon music show.

Chattanooga's Preston Parris Band submitted this video to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest:

"Jonah" Live in the Studio

Has your band entered the contest as well?  Let us know on Facebook.

  The statistics on military veterans suicides are a national tragedy. A group of songwriters in Nashville made the decision several years ago to do whatever they could to help. They started a program called Operation Song in which veterans are encouraged to share their memories are then taught how to turn them into a song. The program has been here in Chattanooga for about a year. Beginning today we are going to be talking to some of the veterans in the program and sharing the songs they have written.

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  Today, Bob Boilen is best known as the creator and co-host of the NPR podcast All Songs Considered, but he started his NPR career working with the news reporters and hosts—for 18 years, he directed the flagship show All Things Considered. 

In this interview, he tells us how the small music clips between news stories led to the creation of his music show.  We also talk about his voracious appetite for live music—in 2015, he saw 506 shows.  And we discuss NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, and he gives some tips for bands who are entering.

This Saturday night, January 23, the Bessie Smith Hall is hosting an evening of the blues with Drew Sterchi and Blues Tribe. The concert will also feature Husky Burnette, Marlow Drive and The Jon Harris Band. Drew Sterchi and Blues Tribe will headline the concert playing a set celebrating the history of the blues from its roots in the early part of the last century through to today. Richard Winham sat down with Drew Sterchi and his niece Virginia Sterchi as they played a couple of the songs from the show.  

WUTC Sessions, Episode 1: Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch

Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch stopped by the station for a live interview and performance.  Check out these videos of "Ruby" and "Snowing On Raton," recorded during Richard Winham's afternoon music show.

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  Chattanooga City Councilman Moses Freeman is one of the people featured on the new M.L. King Mural, and in this interview, he remembers the rich history of the surrounding neighborhood.  He also talks about events coming up on January 18th.  The city is seeking volunteers to participate in service projects that day, and the mural will be officially dedicated.

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  Artist Meg Saligman is known for creating monumental works of public art, and her Chattanooga mural is her largest ever, at about 40,000 square feet.  It's so large that it wraps around the entire AT&T building.  The photos in this post show all four of the mural's sides.

It will be publicly unveiled on January 18th--Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The dedication will happen at noon, and Saligman will give a presentation at 1 p.m.

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off 2016 with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres: Show us why you should perform in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The winner will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music.

Bands and musicians can submit original video entries to the NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 2016 at npr.org/tinydeskcontest (see rules for entry).

  Chattanooga native Janie Dempsey Watts joins us to discuss her new novel Return to Taylor’s Crossing, which explores the lingering effects of racism and violence during the Civil Rights era in North Georgia.  The novel was published in 2015.

  North Georgia author Tim Champlin joins us to discuss his new book The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon.  The book describes the real places, people and history that inspired L'Amour, who was one of the most prolific, bestselling American authors of all time.

J.C. Smith, founder of local theater company Closed Door Entertainment, joins us to talk about the musical Children of Eden, which is their final 2015 production.

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This Saturday evening December 12th at 7:30, The Choo Choo Chorus is presenting Christmas Memories, a concert of close harmony, “barbershop singing,” featuring several quartets, a men’s chorus, a women’s chorus, and as a finale, all of the singers together—more than eighty voices singing songs for the season. One of the quartets featured in Saturday night’s concert–The Rock City 4— stopped by the studio on Tuesday to give us a preview of the show. 

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