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The World According to Jimbo Mathus
December 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm CST$25
Tickets $25. Reservations 251-367-4599
Jimbo Mathus will have a sit down interview with Frye Gaillard. They will discuss southern writing ,what its like to be the founder and frontman of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and many other interesting topics. 30 minute interview to be followed immediately with a 90 minute set of all request of any Jimbo Mathus composition.
The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. Think Delta highways, bowling-pin Budweisers and “innerplanetary honky-tonk” for the masses.
Jimbo Mathus remains a rising-star powerhouse that feeds the soul. His latest band, The Tri-State Coalition, features solid talent cut from the same Delta cloth. Mathus describes Tri-State’s sound as “…a true Southern amalgam of blues, white country, soul and rock-n-roll. As Dickinson would say, ‘If you don’t like this, there is seriously something wrong with you.’”
To learn more about Jimbo Mathus, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimbo_Mathus
Frye Gaillard is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 published works on Southern history and culture, including A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s (NewSouth Books, 2018); Watermelon Wine; Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America; The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir; Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters; and, most recently, Go South to Freedom. The Slave Who Went to Congress, an illustrated children’s book co-authored with Marti Rosner, is due out from NewSouth Books in 2019.
Writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, he has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics, and culture. He is a former Southern Editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he covered Charlotte’s landmark school desegregation controvery, the ill-fated ministry of televangelist Jim Bakker, the funeral of Elvis Presley, and the presidency of Jimmy Carter.
Gaillard is John Egerton Scholar in Residence at the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. His many awards received include the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award For Distinction in Literary Scholarship.