He's coming to take you away: Gregg Kimball, shown in front of the the National, leads WRIR's new bus tour of oft-forgotten Richmond sounds. - Scott Elmquist
Music historian Gregg Kimball, author of "American City, Southern Place: a Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond," was recruited to be the on-board guide and expert.
"It will be panoramic and really run the gamut from pre-20th century on," says Kimball, director of public services and outreach at the Library of Virginia.
also plays in two local bands, the Broad Street Ramblers and Sheryl Warner and the Southside Homewreckers.
"The 1909 recording sessions, [pharmacist and banjoist] Polk Miller, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Sisters," he
says - "there's just so much amazing stuff."
Kimball sounds particularly animated when mentioning Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a seminal gospel performer and pioneer who influenced Little Richard and many others.
somebody people don't realize lived here in Barton Heights," he
They might also add a concert afterward, Kimball