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Hello, I am Dr. Phil,

Aficionado of the sounds of the Deep South;

Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, the Piedmont, Appalachia,

New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago



Here I am (on the right) with my friend Gene Bush at the Mississippi John Hurt Festival in Avalon, Mississippi.


I play ragtime, old-timey, skiffle and blues.

I study the history and culture of the Deep South.


I present a radio program, Sounds of the South on our local station, Dunoon Community Radio on alternate Tuesdays. Visit http://www.dunooncommunityradio.org/ to listen in.


In 2011 my biography of the great ragtime, blues and old-timey musician Mississippi John Hurt was published and it has just won a prestigous award from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections


Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues




The Rebirth of Mississippi John Hurt

 A CD of the previously unreleased tape recorded at the time of his rediscovery, March 3, 1963 and full of music and conversation with rediscoverer Tom Hoskins


Link to Book Details

Link to CD Details

How I became involved in writing the biography of Mississippi John Hurt 

Link to Mississippi John Hurt Foundation and Museum


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