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If Trouble Don’t Kill Me

2019-05-18 14:00:00 2019-05-18 15:00:00 America/New_York If Trouble Don’t Kill Me James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library

Saturday, May 18
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-05-18 14:00:00 2019-05-18 15:00:00 America/New_York If Trouble Don’t Kill Me Virginia author Ralph Berrier will present on his book, If Trouble Don’t Kill Me, which follows the lives on Berrier’s family from the mountains of Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry. James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library

Virginia author Ralph Berrier will present on his book, If Trouble Don’t Kill Me, which follows the lives on Berrier’s family from the mountains of Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry.

Clayton and Saford Hall were born in the backwoods of Virginia in 1919, in a place known as The Hollow. Incredibly, they became legends in their day, rising from mountain-bred poverty to pickin’ and yodelin’ all over the airwaves of the South in the 1930s and 1940s, opening shows for the Carter Family, Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers, and even playing the most coveted stage of all: the Grand Ole Opry. They accomplished a lifetime’s worth of achievements in less than five years—and left behind only a few records to document their existence. 
 
Fortunately, Ralph Berrier, Jr., the grandson of Clayton Hall and a reporter for the Roanoke Times, brings us their full story for the first time in IF TROUBLE DON'T KILL ME. He documents how the twins’ music spread like wildfire when they moved from The Hollow to Roanoke at age twenty, and how their popularity was inflamed by their onstage zaniness, their roguish offstage shenanigans, and, above all, their ability to play old-time country music. 
 
But just as they arrived on the brink of major fame, World War II dashed their dreams. 

Berrier follows the Hall twins as they travel overseas, leaving behind their beloved music, and are thrust into the cauldron of a war that reshaped their lives and destinies. Through the brothers’ experiences, the story of World War II unfolds—Saford fought from the shores of North Africa to Sicily and Europe and finally into Germany; Clayton fought the Japanese in the brutal Pacific theater until the savage, final battle on Okinawa. They returned home after the war to find that the world had changed, music had changed . . . and they had, too.
 
IF TROUBLE DON'T KILL ME paints a loving portrait of a vanishing yet exalted southern culture, shows us the devastating consequences of war, and allows us to experience the mountain voices that not only influenced the history of music but that also shaped the landscape of America.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Author Talks | All Alexandria Reads |

TAGS: | local author | family | authors | all alexandria reads |

James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library

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Phone: 703.746.1705
Fax: 703.746.1785

Hours
Mon, Apr 22 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Apr 23 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Apr 24 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Thu, Apr 25 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Apr 26 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Apr 27 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Apr 28 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

Parking: There is a small lot with 9 spaces.  On street parking is available.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1.3 miles) and King Street Stations (1.5 miles)
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B, 10E
  • DASH Bus: AT10

Upcoming events

Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 29, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights.

Meeting Room
Wed, May 01, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films.

Meeting Room
Thu, May 02, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
This discussion group meets on the first Thursday of each month. All are welcome!

Meeting Room
Sat, May 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn the art of Hand-Lettering. Use this modern take on calligraphy to design and create your own family tree. Supplies provided.

Meeting Room
Mon, May 06, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us as we watch through the known Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the final installment this April. This week's feature film is Ant-Man and the Wasp. Rated PG-13.

Meeting Room
Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bill Young, co-creator of MPnature.com, will stop by to teach you about the wildlife in our local Monticello Park, and how to use his website to get the most out of your wildlife watching experience.

Meeting Room
Sat, May 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying.

Duncan Kitchen
Mon, May 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join the Friends of Duncan Library for their monthly meeting! These meetings are open to the public. Learn more about what the Friends do, become a member, and get involved!

Meeting Room
Wed, May 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Duncan Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Meeting Room
Sat, May 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virginia author Ralph Berrier will present on his book, If Trouble Don’t Kill Me, which follows the lives on Berrier’s family from the mountains of Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry.

Meeting Room
Mon, May 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films!

Meeting Room
Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn more about the migration habits of Monarch Butterflies! A community member will share her recent experience following the butterflies to Mexico for the winter.

Meeting Room
Sat, May 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn more about the broader Virginian family during this year's All Alexandria Reads.