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Boll Weevil
by Sid Selvidge
Memphis polymath Sid Selvidge (1943-2013) released six solo studio albums over a 35-year span while juggling multiple careers: after winning a "become a teen disc jockey" contest he worked from age 14 to his death in the radio industry, becoming an award-winning producer of the renowned Beale Street Caravan program; his own musical endeavors evolved into ownership of the Peabody label, which released albums by a handful of acts including Alex Chilton's solo debut; and as Dr. Selvidge he worked for a five-year stretch in the early '70s as an anthropology professor at Memphis's Rhodes College. Music outweighed academics and he moved to art and radio full-time, his sophomore effort and most well-loved album The Cold of the Morning appearing in 1976. Selvidge's fluid folk-blues guitar playing can feel like a warm bath, but his voice even more so. Here's an a capella tune from The Cold of the Morning, Selvidge's take on the traditional folk tune about the cotton-destroying southern insect. (The album cover, shown above, features a portrait of Selvidge taken at a Memphis house party by legendary photographer William Eggleston.)
1976 - Peabody
Posted: 25th August 2017
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