This Saturday, celebrate Central Mississippi's award-winning talent with an evening of blues, sports talk and folk music. This show was recorded before a live audience at the Clinton High School auditorium.
The guests: Sports journalist Rick Cleveland, Clinton-native bluesman Jarekus Singleton and Mississippi songwriter Caroline Herring
The time: Saturday, August 25, 7 p.m. Central on your MPB radio station or online
Your hosts: Jim Dees and house band the Yalobushwhackers
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Rick Cleveland, long-time sports editor and columnist for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, is the most decorated sports journalist in Mississippi history.
In 2011, he became the first sports writer to win the prestigious Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. In 2000, he won the Mississippi Press Association’s Distinguished Mississippian Award. He has been voted Mississippi’s Sports Writer of the Year a record 10 times and has authored four books, including Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes (2014) and Boo: A Life In Baseball, Well-Lived (2009).
From 2012–2016 Cleveland served as executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He is currently the sports columnist for Mississippi Today.
Clinton native Jarekus Singleton was immersed in gospel music as a child and rap as a teenager before finding his calling in blues, funk and reggae. His major label debut, Refuse to Lose, is out on Alligator Records, one of the world’s premier blues labels. Singleton self-released his first CD, Heartfelt, in 2011. In 2012, he won the Jackson Music Award for Blues Artist of the Year and in 2013, Local Entertainer of the Year.
Of Refuse to Lose, Jerry Shriver of USA Today wrote: “Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs ... herald the emergence of a major new talent.”
Caroline Herring is a singer/songwriter (and one of the co-founders of Thacker Mountain Radio) originally from Canton, MS. Her latest release is a children’s CD, I Will Go Into the Day.
Since her debut in 2001, Herring has gained a devoted following and much critical acclaim. Named Best New Artist at the Austin Music Awards, Caroline has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered, been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and appeared at numerous festivals here and abroad.
Her previous CDs include Camilla (2012), The Little House Songs (2011), Golden Apples of the Sun (2009), Silver Apples of the Moon [EP] (2009), Lantana (2008), Wellspring (2003) and Twilight (2001). Herring lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.