The shots in a film scene are usually not recorded in the exact order they will appear in the scene. Shots from one camera angle are recorded, then the camera is moved to another camera angle. Sometimes shots which appear back-to-back in the finished film are actually recorded on different days. Continuity from shot to shot is an important aspect of film making. Filmmakers must make sure that the actors’ makeup and wardrobe, as well as all of the scenery and props remain the same from shot to shot. One of my students sent me a link to this video [...]
Earl “Guitar” Williams plays cigar box guitar with Marcus Lee on drums at Gip’s Place, a juke joint in Bessemer, Alabama. Williams learned to play guitar as a youngster, hanging out at Gip’s Place and the homes of friends who owned guitars in order to practice. He has played in singer Johnnie Taylor’s band and managed the band backing singer Benny Latimore. He also styled their hair. He can be seen performing at venues in the Birmingham, Alabama area and he also operates the Intensive Care Hair Salon in Bessemer, Alabama. The cigar box guitar Williams plays was made by [...]
Selections from several songs performed by the North Mississippi Allstars at the 2011 North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, an annual music festival. Songs include “The Meeting,” “Po Black Maddie,” “Station Blues” and “Skinny Woman” (with Duwayne Burnside), and “Shake ‘Em on Down.” The North Mississippi Allstars are brothers Luther Dickinson (guitar and vocal) and Cody Dickinson (drums). Seen in the audience cheering them on is Mary Lindsay Dickinson, their mother. The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic is held the last weekend of June and is organized by Kenny and Sara Brown. Kenny Brown is a guitarist/singer who is widely known [...]
pat mAcdonald spells his name with only one capital letter. In the 1980s he was half of the duo known as Timbuk3. Now he’s half of the duo known as PurgAtory Hill. The other half is melaniejane which is all one word and all lower case. The group name comes from the Purgatory Hill Harp cigar box guitar made by John Lowe of Memphis, Tennessee.
Yesterday was Jeff Henson’s birthday. I posted a message on his Facebook wall to wish him a happy birthday and included a link to a video in which he can be seen briefly. The video is from the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, an annual event that I attend regularly. The picnic is organized by Kenny Brown and it celebrates the legacy of North Mississippi blues music masters like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Otha Turner, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough, and R. L. Burnside among others. The video shows three sons of Junior Kimbrough playing a Junior Kimbrough song. Jeff is [...]