Magic City Writers Read: How the Swampers Changed American Music

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Andrew Yeager hosts Magic City Writers Read with author Carla Jean Whitley.
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In October, WBHM 90.3 FM presented Magic City Writers Read, a reading and book-signing event featuring author Carla Jean Whitley at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Whitley discussed and read passages from her new book “Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music.”

WBHM 90.3 FM’s Andrew Yeager lead a discussion with Whitley about her experiences reconstructing the fascinating history of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and Whitley read passages from her book and took questions from the audience.

Magic City Writers Read is a collaboration of WBHM 90.3 FM, UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, and Church Street Coffee & Books.

Carla Jean Whitley

(Photo Credit: Cheryl Joy Miner)

About Carla Jean Whitley

Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is managing editor of Birmingham magazine. Carla Jean founded the music blog Birmingham Box Set and has also written for BookPage, Paste, the Birmingham News, Sky and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. Carla Jean volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University. Her favorite yoga pose is bakasana, and her favorite cats are orange. This is her first book. Connect with her at

About WBHM

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give online at and follow the station on Facebook and Twitter @WBHM.

About UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is one of the Southeast’s premiere performing arts centers, presenting and producing the world’s best artists in music, dance, theater, comedy, film and family entertainment. The ASC’s mission is to be a place where the entire community experiences and engages the arts. The ASC is home to ArtPlay, the ASC’s arts education center; the UAB departments of Theatre and Music; and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The ASC also serves as the anchor of UAB’s Cultural Corridor.

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