Illinois Humanities: Western Swing Music & History Presentation

September 28, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Glen Carbon Centennial Library

Arts & Culture, Educational, Free, Local Business, Music & Theater

Illinois Humanities: Western Swing Music & History Presentation
PLAY THAT HOT FIDDLE: OLD TIME RADIO AND THE LIFE OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SWING FIDDLER PAPPY WADE RAY. Born in 1916 in southern Indiana from a southeastern Illinois family, the child prodigy fiddler and singer Wade Ray, developed into one of the most endearing entertainers in country and western swing music. Through the medium of radio on shows such as “The Pappy Cheshire Show” on KMOX in St. Louis and the “National Barn Dance” on WLS in Chicago, Wade Ray gained national prestige along side performers such as Patsy Montana and Rex Allen. Presenting the fast swing fiddling and humorous stories of his mentor Wade Ray, Dennis Stroughmatt will lead audiences through the early years of Old Time Radio and share how music brought America through The Great Depression, WWII, and beyond. This presentation will also be accompanied by rare video of Wade Ray and personal memorabilia from the Wade Ray collection. Program Topics ·Country Music ·History ·Illinois Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, our partnering organizations, or our funders.


September 28, 2021

6:00pm - 7:00pm

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