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Posted Oct 14, 2011

APT Documentary Celebrates Traditional Alabama Music

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"Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music," a new special from Alabama Public Television, takes viewers directly to the stage of The Sucarnochee Revue at the University of West Alabama to celebrate the traditional, grassroots music of Alabama — blues, bluegrass, gospel and country. Produced by the Emmy Award-winning documentary team at Alabama Public Television, the documentary features never-before-seen performances by artists Carroline Shines, the Jake Landers Band, The Birmingham Sunlights and Jacky Jack White. The program premieres Monday, Oct. 24 at 9:00pm on Alabama Public Television. "Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music" focuses on Alabama’s historical musical forms and the artists who preserve and perform them today. Carroline Shines is carrying on the blues tradition she learned from her father — the late, great Johnny Shines. Jake Landers is recognized worldwide as one of bluegrass music’s finest songwriters — having penned such classics as “Secret of the Waterfall,” “The Girl I Love” and “The Last Request.” Gospel music is represented in the program by The Birmingham Sunlights with their four-part a capella style. Country music singer and songwriter Jacky Jack White completes the picture. White has had songs on the charts as a singer/songwriter since 1985 and his songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Stevens, Charley Pride, Buddy Jewell, Steve Wariner, Neal McCoy and Mark Lowery. Radio listeners may be familiar with the Sucarnochee Revue musical variety show hosted by Jacky Jack White and recorded in Meridian, Miss. and Livingston, Ala. Mississippi Public Broadcasting has recorded some of these performances for television and these Sucarnochee Revue TV programs will air on APT on Thursday nights at 10:30pm beginning Oct. 27. "Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music" was produced through a partnership between APT and Alabama Power, Alabama State Council on the Arts and Year of Alabama Music, with special thanks to the University of West Alabama. The program will also air Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00pm and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 5:00pm on APT. About Alabama Public Television Alabama Public Television, the nation’s first statewide educational television network, served as a model for other statewide public broadcasting networks in the U.S. and abroad. Affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System, APT retains its educational mission by serving as a seven-day-a-week educational resource for every child and adult in Alabama through online services, digital television programming on three statewide channels, Emmy Award-winning documentary production and outreach activities.

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Jacky Jack White represents Country music in APT's new Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music.

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Carroline Shines sings the blues in APT's new dcoumentary Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music.

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The Birmingham Sunlights spread the good word on Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music

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Alabama performers celebrate the traditions of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel music in APT's new film Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music.

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Bluegrass music great Jake Landers shows off his stuff in APT's Sucarnochee: A Revue of Alabama Music.

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