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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, Jul 15 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 20 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jul 21 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

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Mon, Jul 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a talk with Dr. Atticus Stovall of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the cutting edge laser technology being used to map the world's forests in three-dimensions.

Thu, Aug 01, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us each month as we read a new book. All are welcome!

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Mon, Aug 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

Wed, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films.

Fri, Aug 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Mon, Aug 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

Fri, Aug 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Aug 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn about Scottish history through dance! A troupe of dancers from the Granfling School of Highland Dance will bring Scottish history to life with a dance performance suitable for all ages.

Mon, Aug 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Wed, Aug 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Fri, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Mon, Aug 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Fri, Aug 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!