“Throw My Troubles Out the Door:” Bob Dylan & the Southern Musical Landscape

More than seventy Bob Dylan fans gathered at the Holiday Inn Statesboro on March 29th to celebrate the legendary musician and learn how Southern music influences his work. Dylan selections played and sung by Chris Mitchell of Pladd Dot Music welcomed arriving guests at the Friends of Henderson Library’s Spring fundraising event. Emma’s Restaurant Chef Jason Scarborough served up truffles and other tantalizing treats.

Featured author of the evening was Michael Gray. He’s a noted blues and rock and roll critic from Britain who wrote: The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan, and Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell. Copies were available thanks to The Book and Cranny. Georgia Southern’s own scholar and folk musician, Dr. Richard Flynn, joined Mr. Gray for the Dylan program featuring audio cuts, rare film clips and lively commentary about the singer‐songwriter’s gospel, blues and country music roots. Audience members too made observations and quizzed Michael and Richard. Several attendees traveled from Macon and Savannah for this special event which raised approximately $800 to purchase library resources to support the research and scholarship of the Department of Literature and Philosophy.

by JoEllen Broome, Information Services Librarian

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