Have you ever given away a prized possession because you had a feeling it might really make a difference for the person receiving it?

My guest Cameron Connah returns for Episode 3, the second in a two-parter, to share the fascinating story of someone who did just that for him more than 20 years ago. It not only changed the trajectory of his life, but played a key role in the creative endeavors of three close friends. Get ready to be inspired by the lovely sounds of “the gift” in this beautiful tapestry of story and song.

Most of our episodes include stories about the legacy of Atlanta artist and musician Whit Connah – aka Honky Tonk Papa – and the impact he made on the lives of people who encountered him. But we’ll often explore other legacy-makers, like the people you’ll hear about in today’s show:

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Episode #3 Music (in order of appearance):

Roving Rounder. (Intro) 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.

Suzy (Guitar & Harmonica Instrumental). Written and performed by Cameron and Lee Connah (aka The Urban Tumbleweeds).

Roving Rounder (Guitar & Harmonica Instrumental). Written by Whit Connah. Performed by Cameron and Lee Connah.

Various Instrumentals. Composed and performed by Cameron Connah.

Old Time Instrumental. Performed by Hurt Dog with Paul Connah on guitar.

The Wolfman. Lyrics written by Taylor Brown. Composed and performed by Cameron Connah.

Seamus O’Malley. Lyrics written by Taylor Brown. Composed and performed by Cameron Connah.

Suzy. Composed by Cameron Connah; lyrics written by Lee Connah. Performed by Cameron and Lee (aka The Urban Tumbleweeds) with cameo by Heron Connah 🙂 Hear Suzy and other great tracks on their album “Love & Tumble” at www.bandcamp.com.

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If you didn’t catch part 1 with Cameron, you’ll want to go back and listen to Episode #2: Whit Songs. It’s filled with Whit’s original music and some mind blowing surprises!

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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

Amy with Cousins Cameron and Lee

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Whit plays harmonica with young Cameron.

In Episode 1, Honky Tonk Papa Podcast Producer Amy Connah Hudson and Guest Host Cira Lara (right) discuss how and why Amy decided to create a podcast about her father, Atlanta artist and musician Whit Connah. Several months after Amy lost her mother and father in 2016, she went on a mission to get their stories. She conducted audio interviews with close friends and family members in Atlanta and across the country.

Amy shares stories about her father’s illness and how he lived his last four months of life with joy, humor, courage, and an intense love for his family, friends, and community. While diving deep into the legacy he left, she also explores how we can all be more mindful about living a legacy life.

In future episodes Amy will invite you into some of her early interviews, as well as many more new conversations to come. Hop on board the Honky Tonk Papa Podcast, and subscribe to the show so you don’t miss an episode!