This was done for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. UTC, River City Sessions and Mitch were gracious enough to allow me to use part of the show, and I included just one of the stories Mitch has shared with me during our interviews over the last 18 months or so.
The two Chattanooga natives discuss everything from baseball to Curtis Mayfield to James Brown advising them to stay away from songs with a strong social message. They also reveal the secret to the group's longevity.
And, as you might expect, there are no secrets or easy-to-follow formulas. It's all about hard work and lots of practice.
They own and operate two of the coolest buildings on the Southside, but they didn't always dream of owning a hostel, or a restaurant. In fact, it had never occurred to them until moving here to pursue their passions for rock climbing.
David has been a mentor for me and many others at WDEF-TV 12 since 1979. He has seen it all and he shares some stories about covering Byron De La Beckwith, the Fallen Five, the changes in TV news coverage and much more during our talk.
Chattanooga is seeing a renaissance in the arts and culture worlds, but not everyone is benefiting. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is taking a new approach and Ric joins me to talk about that and the challenges faced by blacks in the local arts and culture universes.
The Chattanooga native is a film composer whose works include two Austin Powers films, "Mortal Combat" and more. He has written a concerto for violin called "The Rose of Sonora" that he composed for Holly Mulcahy that will be premiered in April with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.
Shane founded Jazzanooga as a one-day festival to showcase Chattanooga's role in the creation of jazz as America's original musical art form. Jazzanooga has quickly grown into much more, becoming a year-round organization dedicated to education, advancement, promotion, development and more. He discusses the organization's new name and direction, as well as the current state of arts and culture in the city as it relates to "the arts are for all."