Richmond Folk Festival
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.
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.