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Judy Collins Recreating Historic 1964 Town Hall Concert – AARP02.17.21

But when she chose her Town Hall set list, it was the nation's traumas that preoccupied her: the Vietnam War, the killing of President John F. Kennedy, for whom she'd sung at a Dinner With the President event in January 1963, and the bloody battle for Black voting rights, which Collins supported by singing and speaking out. I definitely knew I wanted to sing The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, a great Dylan song about the murder of a Black waitress at a Baltimore hotel [by an elite racist]; The Battle of Medgar Evers [the slain civil rights leader]; and Hey, Nellie, Nellie, about Lincoln and racism over the centuries.

She sang tunes including Coal Tattoo, by the West Virginia mining-town runaway Billy Edd Wheeler; Tom Paxton's The Last Thing on My Mind, Bottle of Wine and Ramblin Boy"; and the stirring English folk ballad The Cruel Mother, about 17th-century prejudice against illegitimate children.

The recording of that show was nominated for a Grammy, and The New York Times raved, Judy Collins made her New York concert debut Saturday and established herself without delay in the front rank of American balladeers. By the evening's end she had moved her large audience to cheers, whistles and bravos all heartily deserved.

Collins says that the 1964 period of pain and rumination was not unlike the tumults of today. I was able to use the pandemic time doing a lot of thinking, writing and reflecting, she says. So it made sense to reprise her Town Hall show with a slightly different group of songs.

What viewers and listeners will enjoy Feb. 12 is a 15-song mix of the politically activist gems from 1964 accompanied by her stories about that time and some of her most beloved signature hits, including Dylan's The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Mr. Tambourine Man, two Paxton tunes, and Coal Tattoo.

Her songs will all be freighted with personal emotional resonance as well as historic importance. She'll sing Ian Tyson's Someday Soon, whose lilting warmth and irresistible melancholy, and its reference to her home state of Colorado, are close to her heart, and her best-known recording, her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides, Now. Collins told me that the struggle for a woman to be an artist and the pain of losing a child something she shared with Mitchell, who in youth gave her baby up for adoption is something she deeply felt animated her attachment to Both Sides, Now."

If anyone has seen life from both sides now, it's Collins. Here is a teaser snippet of her performance of it nowadays:

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Webster family working hard to preserve legacy of Lil’ Tony – Bluefield Daily Telegraph01.12.21

BLUEFIELDIn the year since the passing ofAnthony Alexander Webster III, known as Lil Tony, his family has been working hard to carry on their sons legacy.Webster was a Bluefield High School football player who died unexpectedlyon Jan. 16, 2019.

Webster, the son of area youth coach Anthony A. Webster Jr., played football for the Beavers. He was a junior in the Bluefield High School Class of 2020 and played full back on the 2017 Bluefield High School State Championship football team. He was becoming an accomplished powerlifter. Besides his activities at school, he was also an active member of the Mount Zion Baptist and the John Stewart United Methodist Church.

His loved ones foundeda scholarship fund,through the Community Foundation of the Virginias,in his name. This fund has benefited four aspiring college students in just one year.

We actually have a scholarship set up in his honor, The Lil Tony Foundation, which already has given out scholarships to athletes and individuals who meet the criteria that he set for any kid in Mercer County, Webster Sr. said. We are just trying to do everything we can to keep his legacy going because he is one that will never be forgotten. It is not just about athletics, but Tony carried a 3.5 GPA, so that is a standard. It is a really good scholarship to honor him. We started out with $500, but now we are able to give two $1,000 scholarships out to kids in Mercer County that deserve it for their college education.

We have already given out four scholarships, Webster Sr. said. It is unreal how they will call and tell me that they have gotten a donation in from someone.Hopefully, it will continue long after I am gone from here also.

Webster Sr. said thathelping others to honor his sons legacy gives him inspiration.

It is things like that that keep us going each day, Webster said. Knowing that we are doing something to help another student get their education and continue what they want to do to be constructive in society.

OnJanuary26, 2019, Gov. Jim Justice declared January 7 as Lil Tony Webster Interscholastic Memorial Day in West Virginia.

I give honor to Governor Justice for recognizing my son, Webster Sr. said. He knew my son from coaching, but he just knew that the special person, this young man, not just to Bluefield but the state of West Virginia.

There is no doubt that Lil Tony had an impact on his community. His father said that not a day goes by that someone does not call him to let him know they were thinking about him.

It makes you feel good as a parent, me and my wife and my whole family, the feel that our son of 17 years got the recognition that he really deserves, Webster Sr. said.

Lil Tony had a tattoothat read, Humbled and Blessed. His father said those are the two words that describe his late son best.

He had a tattoo that said humbled and blessed, and everyone recognizes that as Lil Tony. He got those tattoos about three or four years ago but humbled and blessed really describes what my son was, Webster Sr. said. I have the tattoo now and I have necklaces that I give out at games. Those two words describe Lil Tony, humbled, and blessed.

Contact Emily Rice at erice@bdtonline.com

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