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Opry Lives on in Gallant

Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Susan Wall Late in the evening, about sundown, High on a hill up above the town, Uncle Pen played the fiddle, Lordy, how it would ring, You could hear it talk, you could hear it sing. Bill Monroe’s Uncle Pen would have felt right at home at Old […]

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Last Call at Local Color

Springville’s ‘colorful’ music spot closing its doors, unless … Story by Paul South Photos by Susan Wall and Jerry Martin and courtesy of Local Color Imagine a magical music box that when opened played music from virtually every era. And from the box wafted the sweet aroma of cornbread cooked in a black, cast-iron skillet […]

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Pell City’s Rachel Baribeau

A legendary, lasting legacy, making her mark on air, world Story by Paul South Photos by Eric Adkins Submitted photos NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not so long ago, Rachel Baribeau connected with a long-time friend from St. Clair County, the place Baribeau has called home since sixth grade. “You’re a legend around here, you know,” the […]

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Coyote Drive-In

Coming attractions: Drive-in, miniature golf heading to Leeds area Story by Graham Hadley and Carol Pappas Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Artwork from Coyote Drive-In If you’re old enough to remember movie nights under the stars with plenty of popcorn devoured in the backseat of your parents’ car, prepare to reimagine those times as the […]

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Terresa Horn

A song to sing, a story to tell Story by Linda Long Photos by Susan Wall Submitted photos Terresa Horn was born to sing. No doubt about that on this Saturday night at the Dega Brewhouse in Talladega. The cowboy-booted, country music singing grandma belts out a rousing rendition of Ode to Billy Joe, a […]

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Cecil’s Music

Mandolin maker’s special creations Story by Jerry C. Smith Photos by Wallace Bromberg Jr. Breakfast time at Jack’s Family Restaurant in Pell City is a busy, noisy affair, as dozens of loquacious locals begin their day with tater tots, sausage biscuits, cinnamon buns, and currently relevant chitchat. But 85-year-old Cecil Blount of New London can […]

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