In this episode dedicated to Kentucky's stringed-instrument makers, Frank Neat of Russell Springs makes custom banjos for the likes of JD Crowe and "Call of the Wildman" personality Neal James; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills and custom inlay work; Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars, including one for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage; and host Doug Flynn visits with Berea icon Warren May for a dulcimer sing-along.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee speaks with Grammy-winning contemporary pop musician Jon Secada. His hit songs "Just Another Day," "Angel," and others brought him international fame. Secada's passion for education, keeping music in schools, and increasing awareness of Hepatitis C are just some of the charitable endeavors offstage that he was recently recognized for at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville.
Flatwoods native Mitzi Sinnott uses art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America. Through her one-woman play, "SNAPSHOT: A True Story of Love, Interrupted by Invasion," Sinnott shares her journey to reconcile with her father, a veteran haunted by his experience in Vietnam.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center takes to the road, performing in one of the country’s most beautiful historic sites: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky. Delivering a monumental performance of Copland's "Appalachian Spring," the ensemble draws poignant connections between life on the frontier, the art of making music, and the quest for transcendence in American life.
Although she didn’t have her first solo show until she was 50, today the still life paintings by Mary Ann Currier of Louisville are coveted by top private and institutional collectors. In a one-hour documentary from 2008, producer/director Guy Mendes tells the story of Currier’s life and art.