Tag Archives: Mississippi

October 18: Dewey’s Tune

Railroad Man October 18, 1900: My grandfather’s birthday.  It was just a few months after legendary  railroad engineer Casey Jones was killed in a train wreck and later immortalized  in song.  My grandfather, George Dewey Pittman, became a railroad man, … Continue reading

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The moon, Sun and Hemingway

The Moon It was a product of the pride the people in the United States had in the 1960s for our race to land a man on the moon. A globe of the moon. As a boy in Mississippi approaching … Continue reading

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“Saints”

“Saints.”  Say that word to a New Orleans jazzman and he will know what you mean.  If you are in the French Quarter on the street or in a club, he also may respond by extending the hand not holding … Continue reading

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Still on the farm

“I took a bull to the sale barn today and ‘bull’ is what they offered me. But sometimes you just have to take what they’ll pay and pray it gets better, you see.” That’s almost a direct quote from a … Continue reading

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Postcards from a poet

Someone said he had borrowed the suit he was wearing from his brother. The distinguished but declining poet from New Orleans was the special guest at a poetry series in Mobile called Second Saturdays at the Lumber Yard Café. He … Continue reading

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The Americana Boogie

Last week the Americana Music Association presented its annual conference, festival and awards show in Nashville. It is always an exciting time with events associated with Americana happening all around town. From the awards show at the Ryman Auditorium to … Continue reading

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For the love of beagles

June 19 is the birthday of Creole Belle, my beagle. This is number twelve for her and I’m happy to say she’s doing just fine, thank you. A little more mellow than she was several years ago but she still … Continue reading

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