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Podcast: "From Songs to Sermons: Listening to the Stories of Women of the Hebrew Bible"

Sep. 19, 2008, 5:08 PM


What do country singer Kathy Mattea, professors Alice Randall and Cecelia Tichi along with some Vanderbilt students have in common? Warning, warning…It’s all in our latest VUCast.

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Listen to a podcast of a talk by producer and session musician Dave Perkins.

Perkins, who spoke Sept. 16, is well known for producing gritty rock and roll records for artists like Over the Rhine (Films for Radio), Steve Taylor (I Predict 1990), and Randy Stonehill (The Wild Frontier & Can’t Buy A Miracle). He is also a session musician that has played guitars (and other instruments) on albums by Carole King, Amy Grant, and others.

In 1987, Perkins released his one and only solo project, The Innocence, on What? Records. In the early 1990s, Perkins joined Taylor to form the band Chagall Guevara. Throughout his career, Perkins has recorded or performed with a wide variety of entertainers and artists including Ray Charles, Carole King, Papa John Creach, Willie Nelson, John Belushi, Over the Rhine, Squeeze, Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Hunter S. Thompson, Little River Band, Phil Keaggy,Eric Champion, Joe English, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,Ashley Cleveland, Jack Joseph Puig, Charlie Daniels, Mylon LeFevre, Dan Huff, White Heart, Phil Madeira, Nathan East, Peter Case, Tonio K., Reed Arvin, Al Kooper, Jerry McPherson, Kim Hill, Aaron Smithand many others.

Dave is currently a Ph.D. student in religion at Vanderbilt in the History and Critical Theories of Religion Program, and assistant director of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture Program. Dave has been fascinated by the religious elements in the music of “Southern gothic” bands such as Cicada Omega, 16 Horsepower, Legendary Shackshakers, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Creech Holler, Munley and the Lee Lewis Harlots, Drunken Prayer and Palodine, whose songs bring together elements of revivalism and darker gothic moods and themes.

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