Photo: Cameron Connah, our guest on Episode 2 loved any chance to play music with his Uncle Whit Connah and Aunt Barbara Panter-Connah.
Before show host Amy Connah Hudson ever knew she’d be producing a podcast, she was simply on a mission. She was determined to visit with as many people as she could to capture stories about her parents who had both passed away in 2016. This mission brought her to Baltimore, MD in the summer of 2017 where she interviewed family members, including cousins Lee and Cameron Connah. They each shared about the impact her father, Atlanta artist and musician Whit Connah, had on their lives. Today’s show takes us back in time to Cameron’s basement where Amy sat down to talk with Cameron. Listen to Episode 2 here or on your favorite smartphone app. It’s available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and RadioPublic where it’s been selected as an indie to watch.
Whether you knew Whit or not, you’re going to feel the essence of the man in Episode 2. And you’re going to hear some really good music! Cameron talks about Whit’s musical tastes and style, then dives deep into his favorite Whit songs. He describes how – through their musical connection – he discovered a kinship with his uncle that goes deeper than blood. Below is a video that literally portrays exactly what happened in one of Cameron’s stories!
It is uncanny how beautifully the live recordings heard in this episode – which Cameron only recently sent to Amy – accompany the reflections, memories and stories he shared with her more than two years ago. All of this – and more – is included in today’s show.
Episode #2 Music (in order of appearance):
Roving Rounder. Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Whit & Michael Daves. Sound design by Dave Spencer. Host introduction by Kenneth Johnson.
Back Step Ellie (Background to Amy’s intro). Written by Barbara Panter-Connah. Performed by Barbara and Hair of the Dog on the band’s album, Mongrel.
Harmonica Interlude. Composed by Whit Connah. Performed by Whit and Hurt Dog.
Hungry Ghosts. Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Whit and Hair of the Dog on the band’s album, Bon à Rien.
Valse De Cercle De La Vie. Written by Barbara Panter-Connah. Performed by Barbara and Hair of the Dog on the band’s album, Mongrel.
Ponce De Leon Avenue. Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Whit and Hair of the Dog on the band’s album, Mongrel.
Ponce De Leon Avenue (Thanksgiving 2009 Impromptu). Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Cameron Connah with Barbara, Whit and other family/guests joining in.
Roving Rounder (Thanksgiving 2009 Impromptu). Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Whit, Barbara and John Ferguson.
Below is a video of Cameron and Lee playing a rendition of Roving Rounder prior to Amy’s interview with Cameron.
Below, Amy with cousins Cameron (left) and Lee Connah during her trip to Baltimore