Food, Farming, and the Blues

Samantha Wallace

Samantha Wallace

This guest post is by Samantha Wallace, the co-founder and publisher of edible Upcountry magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to telling the local, seasonal food stories of our region.

Perhaps the coolest thing that has happened to me in starting edible Upcountry magazine is I now have Mac Arnold’s cell phone number programmed in my phone.

Mac Arnold

Mac Arnold

I met him at last year’s Potlikker Film Festival in Greenville where the Southern Foodways Alliance screened a short segment of Stan Woodward’s documentary of this stellar bluesman and serious farmer, and I was, in a word, compelled.  Compelled to visit his farm in Pelzer a few weeks later, sit at his kitchen table, walk his rows of organically grown collards, just be near this prince of a man.  Mac has this effect. If you’ve read Scott Gould’s centerpiece article Edible Rhythm: The Stuff Mac Says in our recent spring issue you know it can happen. (Article available online here)

And now you have a chance to enter his orbit as well. We are delighted to co-sponsor a special night with HUB-BUB at The Showroom this coming Thursday that provides a full circle of experience. We will screen a 50-minute segment of Stan Woodward’s documentary film Nothing To Prove, host a facilitated discussion between filmmaker and subject, and then let Mac’s music reign as he and his longtime Plate Full O’ Blues band take the stage.  Please join us.

Mac ArnoldFood, Farming & The Blues
@ The Showroom
Thursday, 3/22  6-9pm
149 S Daniel Morgan Ave
Tickets $25

Sold at the door or purchase in advance:


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