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Monday, October 24, 2011

Rita Chiarelli & Music From The Big House

Rita Chiarelli, the "Canadian Blues Goddess", will sit down with Rebecca Foster for an upcoming two part interview to discuss Chiarelli's involvement with the documentary, Music From The Big House, recorded at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (aka Angola), for which she recorded the soundtrack.

Part One:
Walk Right In
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 ● Noon-2 pm (edt)
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Part Two:
Eclectic Woman Show
Thursday, October 27, 2011 ● 7-9 pm (edt)
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From acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, comes a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to an early hotbed of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her down legendary Highway 61 to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences.

This musical journey is a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America, but now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness. 

Submitted by Rebecca Foster, WTJU Folk

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