Audrey McCarver, long-time friend and one of my biggest fans, will be a frequent guest columnist on my blog. In her column, Way Down South, Audrey will talk about all things Southern. The first column is about Sacred Harp singing.

Legend of Alabama’s Goat Man

There are legends, and then there are LEGENDS. Some legends are born of woman. Some legends are born of imagination. Some are born of a combination of the two. Often, in such a case as the latter, it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from fiction. There are those who are ‘a legend

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Tasty Chicken and Dumplings

“My mom makes the best chicken and dumplings in the world!” exclaimed my eight-year-old granddaughter. Then, as if to console me, added, “Yours are second best in the world.” Every Southern born man, woman and child from who were living before the fast-food era probably had a mother or grandmother or friend who made the

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Sacred Harp Singing

The tradition of Fa So La singing, so-called Sacred Harp singing, is as deeply embedded in the fabric of Southern culture as chicken and dumplings and “See Rock City” signs. Known as shape note singing originally, Fa-So-La singing has its roots in the “country parish music” of early eighteenth Century England. Practiced mostly in small

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