Number four on my Christmas song list is, “Zat You, Santa Claus.” This great upbeat and fun song has been recorded by many artists over the years including Garth Brooks and Harry Connick Jr. It’s unique jazzy music and the lyrics were written by Jack Fox. Unfortunately, I cannot find a bio on Mr. Fox…

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FIDDLING AROUND

Charlie Daniels doesn’t hold back when he plays the fiddle (photo courtesy charliedaniels.com) 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South The Devil Went Down to Georgia In day’s past, the fiddle was often referred to as “the Devil’s box.” Church leaders condemned fiddle music because it was associated with dances and partying. Traveling fiddle…

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FIDDLING AROUND

Bob Wills cultivated a sophisticated, cosmopolitan image, bringing fiddle music into the 20th century 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South San Antonio Rose In Texas, Bob Wills is still the king, and he gained his throne by popularizing Western swing, a mix of jazz-influenced swing and country and western music. Wills didn’t invent…

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FIDDLING AROUND

The mysterious Mississippi Sheiks never became household names like Robert Johnson or Muddy Waters, yet they left an undeniable influence on blues music 7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South The blues are primarily associated with the guitar, but a tradition of blues fiddle existed in the pre-World-War-II era. Much of “blues” and “old-time”…

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FIDDLING AROUND

The combination of fiddle and accordion became a staple of dances and parties in Cajun country (photo by Michael Miceli) 7-SONG HISTORY of the FIDDLE in the SOUTH Although the fiddle traditions of Texas and the Appalachian regions were probably the most influential on today’s music, the unique Cajun culture of South Louisiana developed its…

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FIDDLING AROUND

Photo – The song and story of the Arkansas Traveler became a piece of Arkansas history but was often associated with negative “hillbilly” stereotypes. Since it’s the time of year that the Holiday parties and family get togethers ramp up, I thought it might be fun to see how the “fiddle” player impacted our lives…

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REALLY, MR. LINCOLN?

Not the Great Emancipator: 10 Racist Quotes Abraham Lincoln Said About Black People In March of 1861, Lincoln rendered the following words: “The War is waged by the government of the United States not in the spirit of conquest or subjugation, nor for the purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or institutions of…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIR!

Happy birthday to Brigadier General THOMAS FENWICK DRAYTON, August 24, 1808 Thomas Fenwick Drayton was born on August 24, 1808, in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from West Point in 1828, where he formed a lifelong friendship with Jefferson Finis Davis. In 1836, Drayton resigned from the army, running his plantation and working as a…

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WATCH OUT KNOXVILLE!

SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION FOR EAST TENNESSEE – Here is one of the organizers for anti confederate monument of the dead. The protest to keep the monument is this coming Saturday on 17th street, downtown Knoxville. This guy is organizing against it. At least one of the organizers wants the memorial to the dead removed. Christopher…

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A HISTORY LESSON

A HISTORY LESSON – Where’s the Outrage? A central fact obscured by post-Civil War mythologies is that the northern U.S. states were deeply implicated in slavery and the slave trade right up to the war. The slave trade in particular was dominated by the northern maritime industry. Rhode Island alone was responsible for half half…

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Russia Gate

How sick are we all of the Russia Gate investigation and diversion.  It is nothing more than a ploy to cover a liberal loss.  On the positive side, as the investigation has moved on, we have seen many more items uncovered from the Clinton email scandal, Loretta Lynch email cover up, media and DOJ and…

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The Real Collusion & the DNC cover up

By now, it is no secret that the DNC did not allow and still has not allowed the FBI to look into their computers, even when Hillary Clinton’s email and John Podesta’s email accounts were being hacked.  But why? What were they hiding? If they were so afraid of the information being released, which everyone…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

July 8,1863, the Surrender of Port Hudson Port Hudson, the Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River in Louisiana, falls to Nathaniel Banks’ Union force. Less than a week after the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Confederate garrison’s surrender at Port Hudson cleared another obstacle for the Federals on the Mississippi River. In 1863, the Union…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

Rosecrans and Bragg June 24, 1863, The Tullahoma Campaign Begins The Confederate Army of Tennessee under General Braxton Bragg occupied a strong defensive position in the mountains. But through a series of well-rehearsed feints, Rosecrans captured the key passes, helped by the use of the new seven-shot Spencer repeating rifle. The Confederates were handicapped by…

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When All Else Fails, Liberals Resort to Violence

What a surprise.  Liberals have tried everything to take down President Trump.  Remember when Hillary and the MSM stated endlessly that it was not democratic to accept the results of the election?  It seems years ago, but since then lets review the failures of the MSM and the liberals: Jill Stein’s attempted recount Pressure including…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

June 13, 1863, Second Battle of Winchester Begins After the Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered his II Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, under Gen. Ewell, to clear the northern Shenandoah Valley of Federal opposition. Ewell’s columns converged on Winchester’s garrison commanded by Gen. Milroy. Instead of retreating…

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HEY! PERSIMMONS!

If you were a kid growing up in the south and wandering around in the woods and / or swamps the way I did, there’s no doubt that you came across those shiny, orange colored, berry looking things on a tree with almost no leaves. Know which ones I’m talking about? That’s right! PERSIMMONS! And,…

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We have been fighting Islam for 232 years: History 101

A 232 Year History of our fight against Islam & why it is no longer taught in our public schools… When Thomas Jefferson saw there was no negotiating with Muslims, he formed what is now the Marines (sea going soldiers). These Marines were attached to U. S. Merchant vessels. When the Muslims attacked U.S. merchant…

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James Comey Is About To Fall: Liberals Losers Forever (MUST READ)

James Comey is a poisonous snake of the highest order. He is a deep-water Swamp Denizen who has been highly paid to deliberately provide cover for high-level corruption by the Clintons and Obama. He has been central to trying to destroy the Trump campaign and then the Trump administration from the start. He is as…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

May 26, 1865, General Edmund Smith Surrenders Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, surrenders on this day in 1865, one of the last Confederate generals to capitulate. Smith, who had become commander of the area in January 1863, was charged with keeping the Mississippi River open to the Southerners. Yet…

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MILITARY LEADERS OF THE GREAT CSA

General Samuel Cooper General Cooper was a career United States Army staff officer, serving during the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War. Although little-known today, Cooper was also the highest-ranking Confederate general during the American Civil War. In 1827, Cooper married Sarah Maria Mason, becoming the brother-in-law of future Confederate diplomat James M. Mason…

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GHOSTS FROM THE SOUTH

Toni Jo Henry, Calcasieu Courthouse, Lake Charles Toni Jo Henry was a beautiful and charming woman that was also found guilty of murder in the 1940’s after three trials. Ultimately, she became the first woman executed by the electric chair in Louisiana. She is said to haunt the courthouse cell where she was kept during…

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When history gets removed, when does it end?

Last week, we witnessed the beginning of the removal of the confederate statues in the south.  The battle in New Orleans to keep the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed as was 1 other confederate statue.  Two more are to follow.  This is just the beginning.  How mush history in America will be…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

May 5, 1862, Major General James Longstreet almost defeats the army of “Fighting Joe” Hooker at the Battle of Williamsburg. In the first pitched battle of the Peninsula Campaign, nearly 41,000 Federals and 32,000 Confederates were engaged. Following up the Confederate retreat from Yorktown, Hooker’s division encountered the Confederate rearguard near Williamsburg. Hooker assaulted Fort…

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THIS DAY IN CONFEDERATE HISTORY

May 1, 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville begins. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s well-executed crossing of the Rappahannock fords on April 30, 1863 placed his rejuvenated and reorganized Army of the Potomac on Lee’s vulnerable flank. Rather than retreat before this sizable Federal force, Lee opted to attack Hooker while he was still within the thick…

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