Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South

Alabama & Georgia

Series 1 - Episode 2 Alabama & Georgia

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Review

Reginald D Hunter journeys deeper into the South, literally and metaphorically. As he travels back to his home state of Georgia via Alabama, the range of music covered is striking, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Clarence Carter, and from the B-52s to Ludacris. But the focus is more the Deep South’s character — a mix of “a murderous racial past, hospitality and Jesus”. Which is why Martin Luther King’s church gets more time than James Brown.

The historical racial divide clearly affects Hunter, adding great resonance to a simple shot of him walking through a cotton field to the sound of spiritual Wade in the Water.

Summary

The London-based comedian continues his exploration of the American South through its songs both past and present in Alabama, where he attends a Lynyrd Skynyrd gig and learns about the city of Muscle Shoals' role in the development of soul. Reg then heads to his home state of Georgia, where he visits Athens - where rock bands the B52s and REM originated - and Atlanta, the birthplace of civil rights leader Martin Luther King and rapper Ludacris. Featuring contributions by Arrested Development, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Clarence Carter and Sharon Jones.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Reginald D Hunter
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Director Ben Whalley
Series Producer Ben Whalley
Music