Category Archives: Specials

Apalachicola Documentary




Official website of the Murrow Award-Winning Documentary, “Apalachicola Doin’ Time” and various updates June 1, 2017 UPDATE:  Florida asks U.S. Supreme Court to Save Apalachicola River, Oyster Industry: TALLAHASSEE — Florida is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that it represents the state’s last legal remedy for saving the Apalachicola River and the oysters and people … Continue reading Apalachicola Documentary

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

Remembering Singer Songwriter Jesse Winchester




Editor’s note:  It’s been just a little more than a year since the Memphis-bred songwriter Jesse Winchester died from cancer. Since that time a variety of artists have released a tribute album to the beloved songwriter called “Quiet About It: Tribute to Jesse Winchester.” The album includes such artists as Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Vince … Continue reading Remembering Singer Songwriter Jesse Winchester

Christmas Special With Gainesville Flutist George Tortorelli and Harpist Lisa Lynne




(From my audio archives for the holiday season) Flutist George Tortorelli and harpist Lisa Lynne can often be found at Gainesville’s Downtown Arts Festival each November.  You can also often find them performing at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs on Memorial Weekend or any number of festivals around the state…that is when they’re … Continue reading Christmas Special With Gainesville Flutist George Tortorelli and Harpist Lisa Lynne

Remembering Apalachicola Centenarian Homer Marks




(Homer Marks was born on August 20, 1903.  He lived to be 102 and passed away on August 25th, 2005) As I was conducting interviews for my documentary on the Tri-State Water War, “Apalachicola Doin’ Time” in April of 1999, I met with fishermen, politicians, seafood operators, hotel owners and other business people as well … Continue reading Remembering Apalachicola Centenarian Homer Marks

The Gatherings (26-Part Music Series Recorded at various Florida festivals and venues)




The Gatherings – Folk and Blues From The Land of Flowers   26 part live-music series (Producer- Bill Beckett and Host- Donna Green-Townsend)   Program #1- Dale Crider & Roy Bookbinder  [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Program #2 Al Scortino – Carrie Blackwell – Lon and Lis Williamson  [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Program … Continue reading The Gatherings (26-Part Music Series Recorded at various Florida festivals and venues)

Bill Goss: The Luckiest Unlucky Man




One day navy pilot Bill Goss from Orange Park, Florida says he was flying one of the fastest jets in the world.  Just a day later he learned he could be dead from cancer in only six months.  What happened over the next few months became the subject of Bill’s popular book, “There’s a Flying … Continue reading Bill Goss: The Luckiest Unlucky Man

These Diamonds




The late Will McLean spent his life writing songs to save Florida through music.  Now the foundation named after the father of Florida folk is marketing an environmental CD trying to continue McLean’s lifelong mission.  The acoustic CD features musicians from across the Sunshine State singing about a wide variety of environmental stories and issues.  … Continue reading These Diamonds

Mem Semmes




The late Mem Semmes from Dunnellon loved music. Not only did she write hundreds of songs, but she also helped provide a long time venue for Florida’s singer songwriters through the monthly concert series, The Sunday Sampler. Just a few years before she died her son Jon Semmes helped Mem produce her first CD.  Mem talked about songwriting … Continue reading Mem Semmes

Deep Behind the Music- The Campfire Tapes from White Springs




Deep Behind the Music- The Campfire Tapes from White Springs This one-hour special features music gathered from around the campfires of the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs.  Musicians include:  Gabe Valla, Greg Turner, Dale Crider, Raiford Starke, James Hawkins, Rod MacDonald, Becky Palmer, Clyde Walker, Lis and Lon Williamson and Frank Thomas. [Audio clip: view full … Continue reading Deep Behind the Music- The Campfire Tapes from White Springs