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Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change

This podcast is a part of the Tennessee Theatre’s Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change series, providing an opportunity for artists from marginalized and underserved communities to share their art with others. Through podcast episodes, concerts/performances, visual art displays, discussions and panels focusing on important issues, and educational opportunities, artists have the chance to engage with the community. The Tennessee Theatre is proud to provide a space for audiences and artists to better understand one another.

Aug 24, 2023

This episode of Pass the Mic features Dom Flemons, also known as the “American Songster. Dom is Grammy winning recording artist, two-time Emmy nominee, and a 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow. His repertoire covers a century of American Roots music. In addition to being an accomplished songwriter and instrumentalist, Dom is a music scholar, record collector, actor, poet, and creator of the “American Songster” radio program based in Nashville. In his early career, Dom formed the Carolina Chocolate drops alongside Rhiannon Giddons and Justin Robinson. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of African American Music. Dom has released numerous solo records including Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibuson Omnivore Recordings; Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, which was co-produced bythe Smithsonian National Museum of African American History; and his most recent solo release, Traveling Wildfire, which contains original songs that honor traditional elements of American roots music while also telling personal stories.   

This podcast is brought to you by the Historic Tennessee Theatre, produced by Becky Hancock and Cecilia Wright, and engineered and edited by Ben McLaughlin. Music composition, sound design, and additional production assistance is provided by William Wright. This project is being supported in part by The Tennessee Arts Commission. Graphics by Danica Thompkins.

Songs in order of appearance: 

“Traveling Wildfire” - Dom Flemons,Traveling Wildfire

Slow Dance With You” - Dom Flemons 

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