Journey Proud Season 2
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Posted Oct 9, 2014

Journey Proud Season 2

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6:00PM

Alabama Public Television's series JOURNEY PROUD begins a brand new season  with two programs focusing on music in Alabama.  State folklorist Joey Brackner guides the way on treks to Boaz and Frankville, Alabama.

The Frankville Fiddler’s Convention is the oldest continuing fiddler’s contest in the state. It retains the intimate community atmosphere once found at such events throughout Alabama. Showcasing a musical form that dates back to Alabama’s early historic period, the Frankville Fiddler’s Convention also serves social and educational functions in the community and attracts visitors from beyond. Music scholar Joyce Cauthen, author of With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama, joins the JOURNEY PROUD crew as they visit Frankville. Guests include Winky Hicks, JB Reed and Shawn Sedy. Frankville Fiddler's Convention premieres Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 p.m. and will repeat Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:00 p.m.

Alabama’s well-documented contributions to American music have much to do with the strength of sacred music traditions. In the 20th century, perhaps no genre of music wielded more influence on Alabamians than convention-style gospel music. Seven Shape Gospel Convention singing is still popular in some parts of Alabama and represents the early 20th Century modernization of the older shape note traditions of Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony. These “new book” publications offered small town Alabama musicians the opportunity to publish their work. This sound also informed the emerging genres of country music and rock ‘n’ roll. JOURNEY PROUD invited ethnomusicologist Steve Grauberger to visit the Alabama School of Gospel Music held each summer at Snead State Community College in Boaz. Guests include Bobbie Glassco, Tom Powell and his mother Rosa Nell Speer Powell of the famous Speer gospel music family. New Book Gospel premieres Sunday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and will repeat Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 p.m.

Funding for JOURNEY PROUD is provided in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Alabama Power Company; Community Foundation of South Alabama; Daniel Foundation of Alabama; National Endowment for the Arts, ARTWORKS; Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust.  Broadcast support comes from Alabama Tourism Department and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors.

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JOURNEY PROUD explores tradition of "New Book Gospel" singing in Alabama.

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The Frankville Fiddler’s Convention is the oldest continuing fiddler’s contest in the state.

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