Episode 107 – Enchanted Tennessee with Tony Kail and Rebecca Petersen
We move across the state of Tennessee in this episode, discussing hoodoo in Memphis, the magical scene in Nashville, and hearing stories of the Bell Witch and a hexed gun along the way.
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Producers for this show: Corvus, Diana Garino, Renee Odders, Ye Olde Magic Shoppe, Raven Dark Moon, The Witches View Podcast, Sarah, Molly, Corvus, Catherine, AthenaBeth, Jen Rue of Rue & Hyssop, Little Wren, Jessica, Victoria, Daniel, Johnathan at the ModernSouthernPolytheist, Montine, Achija of Spellbound Bookbinding, and Hazel (if we missed you this episode, we’ll make sure you’re in the next one!). Big thanks to everyone supporting us!
You can check out Tony Kail’s book, A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers, and Spirituals and find out more about his work on the Memphis Hoodoo website.
Rebecca Petersen runs the store Draconis Arcanum in Nashville.
The account of the Bell Witch you heard is taken from Tennessee: A Guide to the State, produced by the Works Project Administration.
The story of “Billy Jesse and the Witched Gun” comes from the book Foxfire 2.
We’re also planning an excursion in early to mid-summer to see the ancient magical artifacts exhibit at the Penn Museum and we’d love for you to join us! More details will be coming soon.
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Promos & Music
- “Cycles,” by Doug Hamer (Magnatune)
- “Evil Devil Woman Blues,” by Memphis Minnie (with Kansas Joe McCoy) (org)
- “Darlin’ Corey,” by Town Hall (from the Florida Folklife Collection)
- Sedativa II, by DM (Magnatune)