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Folk Festival Feature: Gambles Hill

On May 1st the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported the death of T. Tyler Potterfield Jr., architectural historian and a senior planner in the Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review. Potterfield’s book, Nonesuch Place: A History of the Richmond Landscape, gives a fascinating account of the way Richmond developed over three centuries, going all the way back to William Byrd.

Folk Festival Feature: Gospel Ranger

One of the last songs that Johnny Cash recorded before he died was called “There Ain’t No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down).” But that song is not a Johnny Cash original. “Ain’t No Grave” was actually written in 1934 by a 12-year-old boy named Claude Ely. Ely went on to become an itinerant Pentecostal preacher known to his followers as Brother Claude, the Gospel Ranger.


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