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The story of the Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest singing movements that this country has ever experienced. From the Freedom Riders to the the jails of Montgomery, Alabama, to Parchman Prison and all the way to Washington DC, both old and new “Freedom Songs” would become the backbone of the nonviolent civil movement.

In 2015, award winning roots musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo created the show Oh Freedom! featuring 11 of the pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement.

Vallillo’s multi-instrumentalist talents are at the heart of the recording; acoustic and electric guitars and slide guitars, mandolin and bass beautifully performed on his extensive collection of vintage instruments. He’s joined by Grammy nominated percussionist Rocky Maffit, who lends his award winning R & B vocals to Vallillo’s bringing these songs to life in a way that respects the tradition, but doesn’t feel stuck in the past.

 On April the 11th at 7:00 pm, Rocky Maffit, Ben Willis, Eric Lambert, and I took the stage at the Hainline Theater to bring my show "Oh Freedom! Live" to life as a theatrical performance along with the 42 voice choir the WIU singers.  We captured that amazing night and and the DVD of that evening is now available!  


Check out the Trailer here


Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd
Halleluia I’m Travelin’
We Shall Not Be Moved
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody (Turn Me Around)
If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus
Oh Freedom!
Birmingham Sunday
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Wade in the Water
This Little Light of Mine
We Shall Overcome

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