Category Archives: Arts

Winner and finishers of the 2018 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named




Congratulations to Kathryn Belle Long, the winner of the 2018 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest. Long’s winning song (out of 79 entries) is, Tallahassee, a song about her hometown. Long says she has wonderful memories about the red clay hills where she spent her childhood, the same town where her parents and grandparents … Continue reading Winner and finishers of the 2018 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Memories of her life and times in Cross Creek




Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of MKR’s Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery Happy 121st Birthday Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings:  August 5th, 2017 Fish Fry Birthday Celebration in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Publication of Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Cracker Culture A video written and produced by University of … Continue reading Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Memories of her life and times in Cross Creek

Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available




Listen and Watch song samples from the new “Tribute” CD below:  The newest video just added is, “Lost Tourist’s Letter Home.”   (To order a CD, please send $15.00 to:  Jessie Townsend, 13501 SE 171st Lane  Hawthorne, FL 32640) Jessie and Lee Townsend  recently went back into the studio to record six more songs to … Continue reading Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available

Bluesman Willie Green- The Real Deal




Bluesman Willie Green has just won the 2017 Florida State Heritage Award!    Patrons of the Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek, FL are treated every weekend with the Delta blues sound of Willie Green.  Music is Willie’s life.  He began playing harmonica as a teenager and eventually picked up the guitar after being inspired by the … Continue reading Bluesman Willie Green- The Real Deal

Archival videos of the Father of Florida Folk Will McLean




The Father of Florida Folk, the late Will McLean, loved to entertain and share songs, poems and stories of the lore and legends of Florida.  Unfortunately, most of those performances were not captured on video or audio tape.  When those performances were recorded, it was special indeed. Here are five such videos. The first is the … Continue reading Archival videos of the Father of Florida Folk Will McLean

A Gatherin’ In The Live Oaks 4-Part Music Series




From my audio archives: A Gatherin’ In The Live Oaks Four One-Hour Music Programs produced from mainstage performances at the 45th Annual Florida Folk Festival in White Springs, FL (including selections from the archives of other festivals and performances) Produced by Bill Beckett and hosted by Donna Green-Townsend with production assistance from Jim Bickerstaff, Ken … Continue reading A Gatherin’ In The Live Oaks 4-Part Music Series

Winner and finisher of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named




The winner of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest  (out of 62 entries) is Mary James, better known as “Mean Mary,” in the music world.  Though she resides now in Tennessee, her roots are in Florida and Alabama (Her family lived in the North Florida area when Mary was born, but the … Continue reading Winner and finisher of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named

Archive of the Winners and 2nd and 3rd place finishers of the Will McLean Song Contest Since 1992




The late Father of Florida Folk, Will McLean, wanted to save Florida through music.  For more than 25 years, a festival named in his honor, has sponsored a song contest to help facilitate McLean’s passion.  Each year a winner and two top finishers are selected by a panel of judges and are given the opportunity … Continue reading Archive of the Winners and 2nd and 3rd place finishers of the Will McLean Song Contest Since 1992

Archival television program features many of Florida’s greatest folk songwriters




The 1988 Pines and Palms television program hosted by the late Don Grooms featured several singer songwriters who have since passed on. They may have left this earthly life, but their music lives on. Their songs can still be heard on the stages of many music festivals around the state. In 1988, Grooms who was … Continue reading Archival television program features many of Florida’s greatest folk songwriters

Remembering the Hippodrome’s Rusty Salling




The halls of the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville feel a little darker this week with the passing of one of its most beloved actors. Rusty Salling died on Sunday, June 12th at the age of 67 after battling cancer for more than a year. Salling, who is best known for his role as Ebenezer … Continue reading Remembering the Hippodrome’s Rusty Salling