The last time Phil Alvin came through town, a decade or so ago, he visited with blues patriarch Henry Townsend in his East St. Louis home. They could have talked for hours, but instead Townsend sat down at his piano, and the two just played and played and played. There's no audio document — and there shouldn't be. Oral culture hasn't died. It's always waiting for individuals to renew the conversation between the past,... More >>>