The minds behind Fayetteville Roots Fest and Smokey and the Mirror recently announced a new podcast collaboration with Oxford American magazine, “Point South,” which will be a recurring musical segment to explore Roots music. It will feature exclusive interviews and performances with Fayetteville Roots Fest musicians, as well as musicians they will meet on tours.
The team has already debuted the third episode of Season 1, which features a live performance from the 2019 Fayetteville Roots Festival by Los Texmaniacs. Bryan and Bernice Hembree also chatted about Roots Music, the vision and passion for the podcast, and Woody Guthrie’s hoping machine with OA’s assistant editor and “Points South” co-host Sara Lewis. The episode is available on iTunes and Spotify.
The episode also features segments by Ruth Coker Burns, and MC Taylor (of Hiss Golden Messenger) reading “Three Encounters” by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
Smokey and the Mirror will hit the road with  Lewis to travel to 30a Songwriters Festival (Florida) and Folk Alliance in New Orleans Jan. 17-28 to interview musicians for upcoming podcast episodes. They invite listeners and fans to follow along on their culinary and musical journey.