Alabama Humanities Foundation

Roots on Record was made possible thanks to a major grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project personnel included Justin St. Clair (Project Director and Design Coordinator), Frye Gaillard (Project Scholar), Becky McLaughlin (Humanities Advisor), Pat Cesarini (Grant Evaluator), and Steve Almquist (Humanities Scholar). The ideas expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Alabama Humanities Foundation or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Musicians and Artists

We are grateful to all the musicians who appear on IMC Volume OneRay Bonneville, Richard Buckner, Ryan Culwell, Sam Doores, Tim Easton, Malcolm Holcombe, Will Johnson, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Ramsay Midwood, Gurf Morlix, and Charlie Parr – for allowing us to use their live recordings on this pressing. Many thanks as well to everyone who has played for us over the years, to all the touring musicians who took a chance on our weird little series, and to all the local musicians who opened the shows. Finally, a big thank you to Robby Amonett for live painting so many IMC events, and to Abe Partridge for paintings that appeared in the symposium program.

Annual Songwriter Keynote

Thanks to everyone involved with the Annual Songwriter Keynote at the University of South Alabama. ASK 2020 hosted the Roots on Record symposium on March 2, 2020, and was co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the USA Department of English, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, the USA Department of Theatre and Dance, the USA College of Arts & Sciences, and the Independent Music Collective.

The Independent Music Collective

Thanks to all the University of South Alabama students who have been members of the Independent Music Collective over the past decade. Their hard work at book fairs and fundraisers made all this possible! We owe a huge debt of gratitude to two former students in particular: Kennon Barton, who continues to serve as the IMC’s primary live sound engineer, and founding member Will Tyson, who has devoted countless hours to IMC recordings over the years and who mixed and mastered IMC Volume One.

The Mobile Community

Finally, none of this would have been possible without the local community. Thanks to everyone who has attended an IMC event at Satori and to the many people who have donated their precious time and resources to the IMC project. Special thanks to Chuck Cox, Neil Byrne, and Chuck Byrne at Satori Coffee House, to Keith Glass and Nick Piechowski at Mobile Records, to Steve Trout at the University of South Alabama, to Rob Holbert and Steve Centanni at the Lagniappe, to Lawrence Specker at the Mobile Press-Register, and to John Thompson at Callaghan’s for their ongoing support.