Arts in the Valley, Saturday, April 30th, 8 PM, PST, 1480 KYOS AM, Merced, CA

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To listen to the show, click onto the link below:ARTSINVAL043011
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six novels: three historical tales, Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, and Douglass’ Women, and the mystery trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane. Her first children’s novel, Ninth Ward, was selected as one of the “Best Books of 2010” by School Library Journal and received the 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award. Rhodes has published a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness, and two creative writing texts: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction.

Her play, Voodoo Dreams; was cited as “Most Innovative” Drama in the 2000-2001 Professional Theater Season by the Arizona Republic. Jewell is currently at work on a theatrical version of Douglass’ Women.

Her work has been published in Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and reproduced in audio and for NPR’s “Selected Shorts.”

Her honors include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Rhodes is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University and Artistic Director of Piper Global Engagement.

With his gravel-filled vocals and piano-pounding antics, Roddy Jackson’s legacy is a solid one, and he is one of the last true rockabilly pioneers still out on the circuit. Born as George Roderick Jackson in California around 1940, Jackson fronted the multi-racial Blue Notes out of Merced, CA, beginning in 1956. Specialty released three Jackson singles in 1958 and 1959, all produced by Sonny Bono, “I’ve Got My Sights on Someone New”/”Love at First Sight,” the double-sided classic “Hiccups”/”Moose on the Loose,” and “Any Old Town”/”Gloria.”

Ace Records finally released what amounts to Jackson’s collected recorded work on CD as Central Valley Fireball in 2007, which includes both sides of all three of his singles as well as previously unissued period tracks, audition tapes, and home recordings.

For those interested in hearing Roddy Jackson live, he will be the headline performer at Merced College’s HARTFEST at the Merced College Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 7th at 7 PM. This event is free to the public. Merced College is located at 3600 “M” Street. For more information, visit

To listen to Roddy Jackson’s interview, click onto the link:RoddyJackson

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