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Oct. 31, 2013

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“The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” to be Performed
This Saturday at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (Oct. 31, 2013) – “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” live performance will debut at this Saturday’s Louisiana Book Festival taking place in downtown Baton Rouge. “The Shoe Burnin’” is a multimedia anthology of southern stories and songs about life in the south written by 24 authors and singer-songwriters, nine of whom will be performing these works at noon on Saturday in the Capitol Park Museum auditorium.

Show creator Shari Smith said, “When you have the best talent in the South assembled and get to pick from their material to piece together this musical work of literature and perform it on a stage, you don’t not do that … those Southern literary gods would never have forgiven me for that sin. This show tells the story of how the artists involved in this project feel about each other, how close we are and how much we respect one another’s work.”

The first Shoe Burnin’ originated when a group of writers found themselves in a cabin with no firewood — only a box full of old shoes. As each shoe was thrown into the fire, they made up stories about it. Over time, this became a tradition that this anthology and show now celebrate.
“This ‘Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul’ show is going to be a one-of-a-kind, something-like-you’ve- never-in-your-life-seen-before event,” said contributing musician Chuck Jones. “What do you get when you mix A-list Southern authors with A-list Southern songwriters and storytellers? Pure magic, that’s what!”

Performers include Chuck Cannon, Chris Clifton, Cliff Cody, Harold Floyd, Joe Formichella, Michael Reno Harrell, Ericson Holt, Suzanne Hudson, Chuck Jones, Dann Sherrill, Shari Smith and Lari White.