PB will return to the annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival this time with the WPA Ballclub on the evening of Saturday, May 4 at the historic Temple Theater in JR's hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. The Jimmie Rodgers Festival has been a right of passage for three generations of Country & Western entertainers including a young Elvis Presley who appeared in 1955 while recording for Sun Records in Memphis. The festival will also feature Steve Forbert and St. Paul and the Broken Bonz. Visit the website for details.
Don't miss People Only Die of Love in Movies, the new collection of film writing by Jim Ridley edited by Steven Haruch. Jim was an award winning film critic and astute chronicler of Nashville and his passing in April 2016 left the community he championed heartbroken. Though Jim often said it was an honor to write about Nashville, the honor was ours. Jim's essay on Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg sums up our feelings of admiration and gratitude we feel to have known his friendship and support.
"When I watch it now, it reminds me of the doorjamb in my grandmother’s house with my height marked in pencil over the years, or the dresser with my own children’s measurements notched along the edge. In it I see the person I was and the person I turned out to be, but the object itself will always be the same. It will wait, forever."
MERIDIAN RISING An imagined autobiography of Jimmie Rodgers
Meridian Rising imagines the life of Jimmie Rodgers and features the WPA Ballclub with Billy Bragg, Jon Langford, Fats Kaplin, Tim O'Brien, William Tyler, and Garry Tallent. Stream it at Rolling Stone, read the NPR feature, and visit our tent shows below where all is revealed.
WXNA WORK PROGRESS RADIO HOUR
Tune in to PB's Works Progress Radio Hour on WXNA Thursday nights from 8-9pm (CST) streaming live on wxnafm.org and in Nashville at 101.5 FM featuring new, classic, and undiscovered music from around the world as well as revealing interviews from guests like film director Amir Bar-Lev (Long Strange Trip), New York art ensemble Landlady, photographer Jim Herrington, Billy Bragg, WPABs Fats Kaplin, and bassist and E Street Band co-founder, Garry Tallent. Check out the playlists and read more about WXNA here.