Bullfrog Jumped, and Bethanne

Last year, the Alabama Folklife Commission issued “Bullfrog Jumped” – they describe the cd as:

a collection of songs sung by mothers, grandmothers, school teachers, babysitters, and children across Alabama. During the summer of 1947 they sat at their kitchen tables and on their front porches in front of a portable disc recorder and enthusiastically shared their favorite folksongs with Professor Byron Arnold, a “songcatcher.”

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Shug and I listen and sing along to the songs on Bullfrog Jumped during our morning time every day, and we love it. There are 42 different songs! Samples are available to listen to at Amazon here.

One of the other great things about the cd is that Bethanne Hill did the artwork for it. I got a print that she did that depicts a scene from a sacred harp singing framed recently, and I’m so happy with it! I just had it framed very simply in white, without a mat, and it looks great hanging in the hallway outside Shug’s room:

Her style is so amazing – look at the women preparing for dinner on the grounds:

…and what’s going on inside:

Beautiful! Some of her other work is available in B’ham at Monty Stabler Gallery, and I got a postcard from them today showing that she will be a part of the “50 Great Pieces Under $500” show that they’re starting December 6th. She’s also represented at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville.

This print above is also featured as the cover of “All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality” that was published by UA Press last year.

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