The Sucarnochee Revue radio show comes to TV

Published 4:06 pm Monday, August 16, 2010

LIVINGSTON – The Sucarnochee Revue, the nationally syndicated radio show highlighting Black Belt music, will now have a home on television as well. Mississippi Public Broadcasting will air the Revue this fall, with a live taping set for Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the University of West Alabama’s Bibb Graves Auditorium.

“Our radio production has been embraced by music fans for a long time now, and the television series should take us to the next level,” said executive producer and host Jacky Jack White. “I’m very excited about what this could mean for the arts, tourism and commerce in West Alabama and East Mississippi.”

Featured artists on the August taping include Mississippi State Senator and bluegrass musician Videt Carmichael, guitar great Joel Hamilton, pianist Bill Pippin, and Steve Gardner and the Jake Leg Stompers, an international roots band that tours across the world.

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“The Revue is one of our favorite venues because Jacky makes it so much fun, the crowd is receptive, and the other musicians are world-beaters. All the Stompers love playing the Sucarnochee Revue,” said Steve Gardner, a Mississippi native who lives in Tokyo and teaches at Meiji University.

Other featured artists include Revue regulars Jacky Jack White, Mississippi Chris Sharp and the Jangalangs, J. Burton Fuller, and Britt Gully.

Max Shores, a producer/director in the Center for Public Television & Radio at the University of Alabama, will direct the initial productions for the series. Through broadcast on Alabama Public Television and PBS stations nationwide, his award-winning documentaries have told compelling stories of life in the southeastern U.S.

“I am excited to be a part of this new project which will allow me to collaborate with friends both old and new,” Shores said.

The production crew for Mississippi Public Broadcasting will be led by Senior Producer/Director Key Ivy, who has worked for years with the popular “Mississippi Roads” series on MPB.

“There is an incredible amount of talent in the area, and we use the Sucarnochee Revue as a platform for artists in a range of musical genres,” White said. “We have blues, jazz, Dixieland, gospel, bluegrass, classical, country and more.”

Presenting Black Belt regional music in its most authentic manner, the Revue was honored by the Country Music Association for its continuing efforts to support the grassroots of country music. The show has also received recognition from the Black Belt Community Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Sponsored by UWA’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt, the Sucarnochee Revue airs on public and commercial stations across the county and the world. The show airs Saturday nights at 10 p.m. on Alabama Public Radio. Now in its sixth year of production, the Revue also tapes the first Friday night of each month at the historic Temple Theatre in Meridian, Miss. The show returns to UWA Sept. 24 and Nov. 19.

Tickets are $8 at the door.