DR PHIL OFF TO KANSAS CITY MAY 2013
As you know Dr Phil is now away to Kansas City in the US of A (please don’t mention Dorothy or a Wizard ) to collect his prestigious ARSC award regards his book -Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues . Phil will not be back in Sunny Dunoon until the 18th June until then we have some special programmes for you to listen to.
To start with we are to re-play a special day time programme Dr Phil recently broadcast live to introduce his programme to daytime DCR listeners who may not be able to tune in during the evening. We are going to repeat this programme in two one hourly parts.
Check out the programme schedules for more news about Dr Phil
Dr Phil is an aficionado of the sounds of the Deep South, particularly Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, The Piedmont, New Orleans and Chicago. He will take you on a musical journey around these States during his programme ‘Sounds of the South’ which is broadcast every alternate Tuesday.
To find out more about Dr Phil visit his website www.Dr-Phil.co.uk
Dr Phil has just written a book about Mississippi John Hurt detailing his life, his times and his blues. The book will be available in August you can pre-order a copy on Amazon. You can go direct to amazon by clicking on the carousel to the right of this page. Below is a review of the book
The first biography of the blues revival’s most influential and authentic musician
When Mississippi John Hurt (1892/1893–1966) was “rediscovered” by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings transformed popular notions of prewar country blues. At seventy-one he moved to Washington, D.C., from Avalon, Mississippi, and became a live-wire connection to a powerful, authentic past. His intricate and lively style made him the most sought after musician among the many talents the revival brought to light.
Mississippi John Hurtprovides this legendary creator’s life story for the first time. Biographer Philip Ratcliffe traces Hurt’s roots to the moment his mother Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were freed from slavery. Anecdotes from Hurt’s childhood and teenage years include the destiny-making moment when his mother purchased his first guitar for $1.50 when he was only nine years old. Stories from his neighbors and friends, from both of his wives, and from his extended family round out the community picture of Avalon. U.S. census records, Hurt’s draft certificate, and personal letters written in his own hand provide treasures for fans. Ratcliffe details Hurt’s musical influences and the origins of his style and repertoire. The author also relates numerous stories from the time of his success, drawing on published sources and many hours of interviews with people who knew Hurt well, including Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, Stefan Grossman and Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, and the late Mike Stewart. In addition, some of the last photographs taken of the legendary musician are featured for the first time in Mississippi John Hurt.