Music Monday: Birmingham Jail by Chatham County Line

On September 15, 1963, four Ku Klux Klan members planted dynamite under the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Martin Luther King, Jr. called it “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.”  The first prosecution didn’t occur until the next decade.  The next two until the next century.  One of the men was never prosecuted.  None received the punishment they deserved, but a more fitting punishment, perhaps, is that their diabolical act helped galvanize the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Music Monday: 2019 Playlist

It is (almost) time to wrap up 2019.  After posting 37 videos in 2018, I posted a full 60 (with one more to come) in 2019, despite taking several weeks off.

It makes for one heck of a playlist.  Check it out at the Hillbilly Highways 2019 Music Monday playlist on YouTube.

I will leave you where I started the year, with James McMurtry’s great traveling song Choctaw Bingo:


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Music Monday: Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie

Back in the day, unless you owned a song on cassette tape, you just had to wait for the radio to play it.  The pleasure in listening to Alice’s Restaurant was almost entirely in its rarity: you heard the 18-minute-long song on the radio exactly once a year, on Thanksgiving.  Now, of course, you can listen to Alice’s Restaurant on demand.  But I must encourage you this Thanksgiving to be a Walt Longmire, not an Arlo Guthrie.

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