Southern Tracks

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01Your World20120804

After a broken relationship, Joe Fletcher finds solace in vinyl in America's Deep South.

01Your World2012080420120805 (WS)

After a broken relationship, Joe Fletcher finds solace in vinyl in America's Deep South.

01Your World2012080420120806 (WS)

After a broken relationship, Joe Fletcher finds solace in vinyl in America's Deep South.

01Your World2012080420120806 (WS)

After a broken relationship, record collector Joe Fletcher finds solace in vinyl, in America's Deep South.

This series paints a portrait of the American South where a few decades ago, anyone could make their mark on posterity by paying a few hundred dollars to produce a vinyl record.

Writer and DJ and Joe Fletcher has amassed thousands of these largely religious records.

He takes a trip along the back roads of the Deep South - tracking down the people who recorded records up to 50 years ago - to see how their lives have developed.

In this four-part series Joe meets a cast of real-life characters who reflect on their achievements and failures, and the reality of the American dream.

In Georgia, Johnny 'Hurricane' Jones, a preacher who began recording his sermons half a century ago, looks back on an energetic career. From small beginnings, his congregation grew to several thousand, before a fire destroyed his church and he had to begin again.

In Oklahoma, Joe hears from Paul Anderson, who recorded an anti-evolution rock 'n' roll song in the 1970s. All he ever wanted was to find true love which, after several decades searching, he has finally achieved.

Joe also speaks to Little Jan Buckner, a glamorous gospel singer with a lively sense of humour and the voice of an angel. Jan began her career singing with a Southern gospel trio called Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters. Still singing and touring after more than 50 years, Little Jan recounts how she battled on and began a new solo career in spite of the death of her lead singer.

Southern Tracks is a look at the alternative side of the United Sates. Meeting these artists sheds light on values in the American South today and asks if the American dream is still alive and well.

(Image: Joe Fletcher)

02Your World20120812

Small time musicians from the American South shine a light on ambition, failure and the nature of success.

This series paints a portrait of the American South where a few decades ago anyone could make their mark on posterity by paying a few hundred dollars to produce a vinyl record.

Writer and DJ Joe Fletcher has amassed thousands of these largely religious records.

He takes a trip along the back roads of the Deep South - tracking down the people who recorded records up to 50 years ago - to see how their lives have developed.

In this four-part series Joe meets a cast of real-life characters who reflect on their achievements and failures, and the reality of the American Dream.

In Savannah, Georgia, Joe hears from Pastor Tim Daniels who recorded his song Homogenous Man in 1972 at The Roman Lantern nightclub in Atlanta. He gave up a promising career as a secular singer when he had a religious conversion. He then dedicated his life to Jesus and took to the road singing Christian songs in various churches. After many years on the road he has now settled back in his home town, Savannah. He is the pastor of the non-denominational Life Church of the Islands, with a mixed congregation - both black and white people attend.

In South Carolina Joe meets two of the remaining members of the Ramada Singers - LC Jacobs and James Johnson - who had commercial success with their first album Simon Peter. They toured all over the States but made very little money and eventually put their families first and returned home. As a result of Joe Fletcher's interest, the remaining members are planning a comeback.

Southern Tracks is a look at the alternative side of the United Sates, a road trip through an overlooked part of the world's most powerful country.

(Image: Joe Fletcher)

02Your World20120812

Small time musicians from the American South talk about ambition, failure and success.

02Your World2012081220120813 (WS)

Small time musicians from the American South talk about ambition, failure and success.

03The Documentary20130512

Joe Fletcher tracks down small-town musicians who made records in the 1970s Deep South

In this final bumper edition of Southern Tracks, Joe meets a cast of real-life characters who reflect on their achievements and failures, race and religion, their continuing hopes and the reality of the American Dream. A lot of his interviewees attribute their happiness to family and community. His interviews reveal that most Southern family bands began singing with the church and it's the close family bond and the 'family blend' sound which is the secret of their success. He also discovers that a lot of his performers used their records to illustrate their capacity to put the past behind them and to start over.

This series paints a portrait of the American South, where a few decades ago anyone could make their mark on posterity by paying a few hundred dollars to produce a vinyl record.

DJ and record collector Joe Fletcher has amassed thousands of these - largely religious - records. He takes a trip along the back roads of the Deep South tracking down the people who recorded up to 50 years ago to see how their lives developed.

Southern Tracks is an intriguing look at the alternative side of the United States, a road trip through an often overlooked part of the world's most powerful country.