Out of Whole Cloth: The Life of Bettye Kimbrell

Abandoned by her mother when 8 years old, married at 13, a mother at 14, Bettye Kimbrell’s steadfast goal was to create good lives for the five children she had with her charming but unfaithful husband. A natural storyteller, Kimbrell vividly relates how she overcame one obstacle after another to raise her family and to achieve unforeseen recognition as a quilter of the highest order. More

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About Joyce Cauthen

Joyce H. Cauthen wrote "With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: The History of Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama", published in 1989 by the University of Alabama Press. She also produced a related recording, "Possum Up a Gum Stump: Home, Field, and Commercial Recordings of Alabama Fiddlers", to accompany it. For the Alabama Folklife Association she edited "Benjamin Lloyd’s Hymn Book: A Primitive Baptist Song Tradition" and produced an accompanying CD in 1999. Other CDs of Alabama-based music she produced include "Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb: John Alexander’s Sterling Jubilee Singers of Bessemer" and "Bullfrog Jumped: Children’s Folksongs from the Byron Arnold Collection". She served as Executive Director of the Alabama Folklife Association, 2000-2010. In 2011 the Alabama State Council on the Arts honored her with a Governor’s Arts Award.

Cauthen lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her fiddle-playing husband Jim Cauthen. In their spare time they play in two old-time string bands, Red Mountain and Flying Jenny.

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