Sucarnochee Revue Begins New Season at UWABy
The Red Roots, Godspell in Concert, and William Faulkner interpreter,John Maxwell will be featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sucarnochee Revue, 7 p.m. Friday, August 28 at the University of West Alabama’s Bibb Graves Auditorium in Livingston,Alabama.
The Red Roots are triplet sister Bluegrass singers from Hurley,Mississippi. Nika Taylor is featured on guitar, lead vocals, and mandolin. Nicole plays banjo, dobro, bass, drums, and Natalie alternates between violin, keyboard,and bass.
Godspell in Concert is a group of local singers and musicians under the direction of John Brown of York,Alabama. “Godspell” (an archaic spelling of the word gospel) is a 1970 musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since.
John Maxwell spent years reading letters and the biography Faulkner by Joseph Blotner. His co-writer for his show on William Faulkner was Tom DuPree, now of New York City.
“Faulkner’s rich characterizations always seemed to me ideal for a theatrical piece,” says Maxwell, who received the Best Actor Award for the screen version of the Faulkner show in the 2006 Atlanta Film Festival.
Now in its fifth year of production, The Sucarnochee Revue presents authentic music from the Black Belt region of Alabama,and Mississippi. The show not only preserves original music and the works by original artists, but also captures the evolution of that music and its current generation of performers. The Sucarnochee Revue also tapes in Meridian,Mississippi at the Temple Theatre the first Friday night of each month.
“What surprises people about the show is the fantastic range of musical genres,” producer and host Jacky Jack White said. “We have blues, jazz, Dixieland, gospel, bluegrass, classical, country and more. Historically, there is an incredible amount of talent in the area.”
The Sucarnochee Revue regulars include Revue producer and host Jacky Jack White, J. Burton Fuller, Britt Gully, and Mississippi Chris Sharp and the Jangalang String Band.
General admission to The Sucarnochee Revue is $5. For more information, contact White at 205-652-6680.